RATT at the Fillmore in Detroit, MI

 Ratt-N-Roll returns to the heart of the Motor City, bringing with it the raw Rattitude of the mighty Stephen Pearcy.

Rockers and headbangers from across the tri-state region have waited nearly six months for the arrival of this frigid, December night. This evening marks the return of rock ‘n’ roll icon Stephen Pearcy and the legendary riffs of Ratt to the iconic Fillmore stage metropolitan Detroit. Fans from across the state of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and even Canada are here tonight… braving long commutes, unending lines, and of course, old man winter. A quick scan of the audience and we see quite a variety:  the young, the old, patch vests and rock buttons, leather and denim, and yes, even an occasional rock mullet are here and eagerly await the launch of the rockstar rocket known as Ratt. Tonight our stage is set with a massive drum kit boasting dual bass drums blasted with the name Ratt and nestled in between a wall of vintage Marshall stacks and topped with a ginormous banner (also sharing the band’s familiar moniker).

9:30 PM and as the house lights dim to blackness, the crowd begins to howl in the moonlight with anticipation of what is soon to be. Team Ratt takes the stage as the stage lights glow, revealing a mystical mix of silhouettes, smoke and fog. Guitarists, Jordan Ziff and Chris Sanders join bassist Juan Croucier on the drum riser as the first notes of “Wanted Man“ rip through the crowd. The triad descends and walk toward the front rows of the audience in rockstar syncopation as the legendary frontman Stephen Pearcy steps from the shadows of stage left. The crowd explodes as his voice rolls through the audience, filling the venue with that recognizable rat-like growl that is spot on and as strong as ever. The night is underway and Ratt obliges the fans with 16 of their hard-hitting smash classics that make every concert ticket as valuable as your eardrums. Next comes “Dangerous But Worth The Risk,“ “You Think You’re Tough,“ and a smoking cover of the famous Rufus Thomas song, “Walking The Dog.“ Youngbloods Ziff and Sanders are up to task as they swap licks, riffs, and solos throughout the night’s set. Bassist and O.G. Juan Crosier’s backing vocals and harmonies blend perfect with Pearcy’s voice, delivering the true-to-life gritty “Rattitude” that we know and love.

“Way Cool Jr.“ ignites the crowd with pure electricity and has frontman Pearcy swagging across the stage as he high-fives fans in the front row. “I’m Insane“ and “In Your Direction“ are up next and received well. 3…2…1… and the audience loses their shit when the mega famed notes of “Lack Of Communication” rip through the massive speakers of the Fillmore. From this point forward we are on fire, and no one is going to put it out. Ratt riffs right into “Lay It Down,“ “You’re In Love,“ and “Loving You Is A Dirty Job,“ showing Pearcy still has the pipes and rockstar endurance that he was born with. Meanwhile, Croucier and drummer Pete Holmes stick together like glue, keeping the rhythm section tight and in the pocket as the night grinds on. The band brings the night to a close on “Body Talk,“ rounding out a killer setlist and an awesome ticket purchase. There is something missing… Pearcy and team Ratt return to the stage, and encore with the appropriately titled mega-hit “Back For More“ and the grandest of finales, “Round And Round.“

Ratt comes as a highly recommended, energetic, and most kick-ass concert experience. This is a must-see for the true rocker and headbanger in all of us. Catch them on tour now! Details, concert dates, and current Ratt news can be found on the band’s official website.

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Jay Dunbar is a professional photographer that enjoys wearing a multitude of hats. He is active in the commercial and stock photography arenas and currently owns and operates a Detroit based investigations firm and photography agency. Despite his many endeavors, Jay can frequently be found in attendance at your favorite concert venues, capturing breathtaking images of live performances of many genres of music. A skilled author and photographer, he could be described as a " Serial Music Journalist." Carrying the photo bug for nearly thirty years, Jay enjoys all styles of photography, testing new gear, and helping aspiring photographers, artists and models to develop their skills and learn their craft.