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Multi-platinum ’80s rockers Ratt play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 21

Multi-platinum ’80s rockers Ratt play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 21
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From a press release:

It was announced today that multi-platinum ’80s heavy metal band Ratt, known for hits like “Round and Round,” “Lay It Down,” and “Wanted Man,” will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $29 in advance or $34 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

Ratt’s signature Sunset Strip sound made the Los Angeles-based outfit one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1980s. As the story goes, Ratt helped pioneer Hollywood’s legendary hard rock/heavy metal sound and scene, headlining massive arena tours around the globe.

Founded by lead singer/songwriter Stephen Pearcy, Ratt released their self-titled debut album independently in 1983 and never looked back. Their single “You Think You’re Tough” became a staple on local LA radio stations KMET and KLOS.

The EP sold well over 100,000 copies, so Ratt quickly became a headliner, selling out local shows. They found themselves opening for ZZ Top and the band was called back onstage. Ratt was on a roll.

Signing to Atlantic Records in 1984, their first major label release, “Out of the Cellar,” went over three-times platinum behind the hit single “Round and Round” as well as “Back for More” and “Wanted Man.”

Ratt would go on to tour with Billy Squier and Ozzy Osbourne before headlining their own arena tours around the globe as they became radio mainstays. World infestation continued with more platinum smashes, including “Invasion of Your Privacy” (1985), “Dancing Undercover” (1986), and “Reach for the Sky” (1988).

Since 1983, the band has sold in excess of 15 million albums in the United States alone. They released two records, “Detonator” (1990) and “Ratt” (1999), before their latest album, “Infestation,” on Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records in 2010, a true return to form for Ratt.

In between, they released “Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt” and their third long-form DVD, “Videos from the Cellar: The Atlantic Years,” in 2007.

In 2013, Rhino/Warner Music Group put together an “Original Album Series” five-CD box set with the albums “Out of the Cellar’ through “Detonator” for rabid Ratt fans old and new.

They continue to bring Ratt ‘n’ roll to the masses today, performing the mega hits from their storied catalog all over the world. The Ratt lineup currently features original members Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier with the addition of Pete Holmes, Jordan Ziff, and Chris Sanders.