Nikki Sixx’s Failed Plan To Form Another Band With Tommy Lee Is Detailed By Stephen Pearcy
In an interview with Tommy London of SiriusXM Hair Nation, Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy recently revealed that they were almost about to form a band together with Robbin Crosby, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee.
Ratt has become one of the most well-recognized acts of the early 1980s’ Los Angeles metal scene, along with one of their counterparts, Mötley Crüe. Both bands began to climb the ladder of success around the same time. They became the pioneers of a Los Angeles rocker image with similar looks and outfits. The members of the two bands knew each other very well as people hanging out in the same environments.
When it came to how they met with Mötley Crüe members, Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy explained that he and guitarist Robbin Crosby used to spend time on the Sunset Strip of Hollywood, and Mötley Crüe was also doing the same thing. Thus, they met them on the Sunset Strip and immediately became friends, calling themselves the Gladiators. As Pearcy said, Nikki Sixx was not satisfied with his band at the moment, so he was looking for other options.
Besides hanging out, Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee were also jamming together from time to time. They realized they had good chemistry and potential. Nikki Sixx had plans in his mind to form a new band with four of them together. Unfortunately, it remained just an idea and never became a reality. However, Pearcy thinks it would probably be a great band since they supported each other very well back then.
During the interview, Stephen Pearcy said the following:
“I’m doing another book, part two, next year, and that’s one of the stories that I held back. There’s a bunch with Van Halen and guys and stuff. When we met Mötley, first we had to start with how we met them. So Robbin and I used to go out all the time into Hollywood, The Sunset Strip, yeah. You have to be seen. You have to be out there. Well, Mötley was doing the same thing. Nikki, Tommy, Vince, they’d be doing the same thing, tripping down the Strip, going to the Rainbow, going here, getting f*cked up.
So anyway, we meet them on the Strip, hanging out. We became friends, and we became The Gladiators, our street thing there when we went out together. And we each had names, which goes back to Robbin’s nickname, ‘King.’ I don’t know if it was Nikki who gave him that nickname or if Robbin gave it to himself.”
The singer continued:
“So in ’82, we became close friends. I don’t think Nikki was ever really satisfied. Musicians were coming and going in bands, as the whole implosion was getting going in ’81, ’82 in L.A., and that whole Strip thing. He wasn’t happy with his band at that moment. So, yes, it’s a true story. Robbin, Nikki, Tommy, and I, on guitar, were rehearsing at Mickey Ratt’s rehearsal in Culver City there.
And I believe we rehearsed a couple of times. I don’t know if we wanted to start a band or were jamming, but something was getting intense there. And Nikki is, like, ‘Nah. I’m going to do my thing.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m here. Robbin and I are doing our thing.’ And so be it. Yeah, true story. So, if that would have been a band, it would have been a great band, actually. I don’t know what songs we played, but we were very supportive of each other back in the day, in the beginning, yeah. It was great.
Well, that’s probably what we were going to call it, The Gladiators. I don’t know. I’d have to check with my roadie guy back then. I forget the sh*t. We were almost taking it seriously, if I remember, like, ‘All right. We’re going to be here. We’re going to rehearse.’ But it happened a couple of times. So there’s a bit of a tale there.”
You can listen to Pearcy’s statements below.