MIAMI, Okla. — One iconic “hair metal” band from the early 1980s has already visited the Four-State Area — Great White back in January. Later this month, Ratt will take center stage inside Buffalo Run Casino.
Along with Motley Crue, Ratt was one of the original Sunset Strip bands out of California, trailed by Great White, Quiet Riot, Stryper and W.A.S.P. All six were instrumental with creating the glam metal scene in the early 1980s, subsequently dubbed “hair metal” and “pop metal” by fans.
Stephen Pearcy, 62, founder, singer and songwriter for Ratt, said he’s very happy where the heavy metal band sits right now.
“The band is sounding great. We are doing some great shows. We just intend on staying on this fast track and give ... the best we can,” he said. Joining Pearcy on stage will be Juan Croucier (bass), Jordan Ziff (lead guitar), Chris Sanders (guitar) and Pete Holmes (drums).
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Ratt’s first album, “Out of the Cellar,” which was released in March 1984. It spawned two of the band’s greatest hits: “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down,” which reached No. 12 and No. 40 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Overall, the band has sold more than 15 million albums in the U.S. alone.
“We are excited that Ratt is making a stop at Buffalo Run during their tour,” said Jordan Coleman, marketing manager for Buffalo Run Casino. “We are ready to Ratt ‘n’ roll.”
Ratt will be performing at the Peoria Showplace at 8 p.m. on June 28. Tickets, $45, are on sale now.