Summer concerts are in full swing all over Southern California and the Sunset Strip is no exception. There’s nothing like cruising Sunset Blvd., west, on a warm Friday night, to one of the most legendary clubs anchored to the strip, The Whisky a Go-Go.
Some of the most famous and infamous names in rock n’ roll have stood on that stage; Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Blondie, The Ramones, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Faster Pussycat, Soundgarden and even The Doors who did a little time as the house band. It was no surprise to learn that singer, Stephen Pearcy and RATT, held that same coveted title in the early 90’s. Pearcy performed yet once again on Friday, June 29, 2012, with his new band in support of, Sucker Punch.
Pearcy along with bassist Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.), lead guitarist Erik Ferentinos (The Antidivison) and drummer Joaquin Revuelta hit the stage ‘round midnight with intensity and verve as they launched into the first song of the night, You’re In Love. Pearcy has always been a very animated and fun front man to watch in the past and he did not disappoint. His energy never stopped and he worked that stage making sure everyone got a good view being that the Whisky was packed upstairs and downstairs. Pearcy’s vocals was loud, clear and never off-key throughout the set. Watching Revuelta pounding away keeping the backbeat was exhausting. Dancers clad in bikini bottoms, Converse high-tops and torn t-shirts, which read, “Rock N’ Roll”, (what would the Whisky be without the “go-go”) grinded to the beat on either side of the stage as Pearcy performed a good mix of music from the 90s and off Sucker Punch to include Lay It Down, Wanted Man, Dancin’ With the Angels and Way Cool Jr., not to mention drummer, Bobby Blotzer, who was in attendance and came up on stage with Pearcy to sat in on Round and Round.
Pearcy and his band pulsed with electricity for an hour and change when it was all said and done leaving the crowd hopped up on an adrenaline rush….and still probably coming down from the “high”.