Ratt is an American heavy metal band from Hollywood, California. Formed in 1977 under the name of Mickey Ratt it is in 1981 that the band adopts the name of Ratt, it knows a commercial success important during the 1980s, their albums being certified gold records, platinum discs, and multi- Platinum Records by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The group is best known for its title hit Round and Round and Nobody Rides for Free appearing in the soundtrack of the film Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. With Mötley Crüe, Ratt is recognized in the glam metal scene of Los Angeles, also called "hair metal" or "pop metal" >>>.
The group continues its tours, despite the many breaks and changes in training; their latest album, Infestation, is published on April 20, 2010>.
Ratt's origins date back to 1973 with a Hollywood group called Firedom, formed by singer and founding member Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Chris Hager, bassist Matt Thorr, and drummer John Turner. In 1980, the group migrated to Los Angeles to increase their chances of signing a registration contract with an important label. Later in the year, guitarist Jake E. Lee joins Mickey Ratt and the band records their first single Dr.Rock / Drivin 'on E, given to fans at the very first club shows in Los Angeles.
In 1981, the group shortened its name and became Ratt. Jake E. Lee, Chris Hager and Matt Thorr leave the band to found Rough Cutt. (In October of the same year, Lee leaves Rough Cutt to replace Randy Rhoads as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist). Stephen Pearcy replaces them with bassist Juan Croucier (who has just left Dokken) and guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini. Warren was only 18 when he joined the group in Los Angeles. He was still a college student in San Diego, and at the beginning was reluctant to leave everything to join a group with limited success.