LEXINGTON - Stephen Pearcy peered through his over-sized mirrored sunglasses at the audience on Friday at the Manchester Music Hall.

He had a message for them.

"It doesn't matter if it's 100 (people) or a 1,000 (people)," the 63-year-old lead singer of Ratt said. "It's a party."

The party started a long time ago.

And its still going.

The crowd on this night may have been closer to 100 people than a 1,000.

Those in attendance, though, were taken on a trip down memory lane as Ratt rolled through a 16-song set list that highlighted the most recognizable moments of a four-decade career.

"We've been around these parts a few tines over the years," Pearcy said. "Some of you could be my son or daughter."

Ratt achieved world-wide success with a series of party-rock anthems - and the accompanying MTV videos - in the 1980s.

The recent history of the band, however, has seen more drama than debauchery.

Legal battles, personality conflicts, public feuds and some disappointing live performances have left Ratt with a damaged reputation - and just two members from the band's most popular era.

The current line-up features a pair of guitarists (Jordan Ziff and Chris Sanders) who were not even born when Ratt's self-titled EP was released in 1983.

Ziff (28) and Sanders (35) along with Pearcy, long-time bassist Juan Croucier and former Black n' Blue drummer Pete Holmes make up the latest version of the band.

The new breed of Ratt launched the In Your Direction Tour earlier this month and is set to stay out of the road for most of the rest of the year across North America.

Pearcy has battled physical problems and dependency issues in recent years.

On Friday, he looked healthy, happy and ready to party.

Just 15 days after his 63rd birthday, Pearcy slithered around in his trademark fashion as he ripped through of the band's biggest hits, including You're In Love, Wanted Man, Way Cool Jr., Nobody Rides for Free, Back For More and Lay It Down.

Ziff handled most of the solos and delivered a solid (but, perhaps not exactly spectacular) rendition of the classic riffs created by Warren DeMartini and the late Robbin Crosby.

Croucier danced around the stage throughout the set while providing backing vocals.

The set ended, as usual, with Ratt's most popular song - Round And Round from the 1984 album Out Of The Cellar.

The crowd enthusiastically sang along as the Percy took off his glasses for the first time since taking the stage.

"Thanks for the party," Pearcy said after the final song.

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