Decades: 1990s 2000s


As the US heavy rock group Ratt began to disintegrate, vocalist Stephen Pearcy was quick to jump ship for a new project with old friend Fred Coury (drums, ex-Cinderella). From beginnings as a Pearcy solo project, a band soon evolved under the name Taboo, later changing to Arcade, with the recruitment of bass player Michael Andrews, ex-Sea Hags guitarist Frankie Wilsey (subsequently known, curiously, as Wilsex), and ex-Michael Monroe guitarist Johnny Angel, who was later replaced by Donnie Syracuse. Arcade (titled Calm Before The Storm in Europe) was a big, brash, hard rock affair, investigating areas where Pearcy felt his old act had failed to go, with the vocalist making a conscious effort to change his vocal style. Both Arcade and a lengthy US club tour did well despite difficult times for hard rock in the face of grunge, with the band’s greatest difficulty being hecklers demanding old Ratt material. A/2 showed a harder approach from a band toughened by...

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