June 2, 2017

Review by David Urmanski

Photos by David Urmanski

The American heavy metal band Ratt graced Chicago with their presence Friday night to a spectacular crowd of 80’s hair metal fans at Concord Music Hall. Originating in 1973 by founding member and lead vocalist, Stephen Pearcy, as the band Firedome and having subsequent name changes to include Crystal Pystal and Mickey Ratt before finally shorting the name to Ratt in 1981, the band has seen a variety of musician changes over the past 40-plus years. However, as proven by their performance Friday night, they have not lost their ability to exceed a crowd’s expectations when performing hit after incredible hit to include “Wanted Man“, “Round and Round” and a multitude of other fan favorites from their seven studio albums.

With Stephen on vocals, Warren DeMartini on guitar/backing vocals, Juan Croucier on bass/backing vocals, Carlos Cavazo on guitar/backing vocals and Jimmy DeGrasso on drums, the current tour lineup is as strong as it ever was, even despite recent legal issues associated with former drummer Bobby Blotzer and his band. As one of the first glam metal groups to hit the California circuit in the 1980’s and influenced by such iconic hard rock and metal legends as KISS, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Ratt has proven to be a band that can survive, despite their differences over the years, as their music is epic and their fan base is forever loyal to the band that has brought them so much happiness for so long.

With many 80’s bands gone forever, we need to appreciate the fact that Ratt is still here and going strong. After all, Ratt is not just a band…they are the embodiment of a lifestyle that we must cherish and enjoy. Ratt N’ Roll baby!


As an avid music-lover my entire life, I dove head first in hard rock and hair metal in the 1980's when I attended my first concert, Ozzy Osbourne, when I was just 14 years old. From that moment on, I was hooked on rock n' roll and enjoying concerts, with film camera in hand, on a regular basis in hopes of capturing a photo or two of my favorite artists. Additionally, I learned to play guitar in my early teens and have been playing in bands ever since. Now that I am in my 40's, my life has changed dramatically, however my undying passion for enjoying live music, taking photos of my favorite bands and performing as a musician in my own band remain my favorite pastimes of choice. I hope you enjoy my work!