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Skid Row

Formed: 1986
From: New Jersey, NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Unknown

Background

Skid Row is made of up five talented young men from New Jersey all the way to Canada. Vocalist Sebastian Bach, guitarists Scotti Hill and Dave "Snake" Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan, and drummer Rob Affuso created incredible music that could never be surpassed. "We stand and we won't fall, we're one and one for all, the writing's on the wall, we are the youth gone wild" sums up what Skid Row is about. Just being yourself, having fun, and saying "f*** you" to anyone who thinks otherwise. Skid Row made their mark on the music business in the late '80s and early '90s, and they all lived to talk about it. This is the story of Skid Row...

Skid Row was first formed in New Jersey in 1986 when guitarist Dave Sabo was working at a local guitar store and met bassist Rachel Bolan.They started talking and combining their ideas for songs and clicked like THAT. Bolan had known guitarist Scotti Hill from a previous band they were in. And Sabo had done the same with drummer Rob Affuso. So, all four of them got together, but, there was only a slight problem, they didn't have a lead singer...


After auditioning hundreds of singers and having no luck what-so-ever, ( except for Matt Fallon, Skid Row's first lead singer who "sounded too much like Jon Bon Jovi" and was later fired ) they had heard about a Canadian named Sebastian Bach who had recently sung at a music producer's wedding. So, the four guys sent Sebastian a demo tape. Sebastian remembers saying, " I hoped it wouldn't be good ( the demo tape.) And then when I played it, I said, 'Dammit to hell, this is good!'" So, they flew Sebastian all the way from Canada to NJ, and the guys knew right away it was meant to be. Sebastian was just perfect for this band in every way. The 6-foot 3 wildman demostrated everything Skid Row was about.

In 1989, Skid Row released their self-titled debut album. It was a HUGE success, and they were one of the biggest heavy rock bands of the time. Their biggest hit, "18 and Life," was the most requested song on MTV for many weeks on end. Teenagers just loved them for their bad attitude, rebellion, and especially for their hit "Youth Gone Wild," which was pretty much the national anthem of that year.

Now, before Skid Row ever made a second album, they were already off to Japan, Russia, and the U.S. on a worldwide tour. In late 1991, they released their second album, "Slave To The Grind," which amazingly debuted at #1.It was released in two different versions: The original one had a "rowdy song with the title containing a four lettered word," and on the other version, the song was removed and replaced with another song. Slave to the Grind was a major success and sent Skid Row on another worldwide tour with bands like Guns N' Roses and Pantera.

So, by 1992, Skid Row had already been to the Pacific Rim, Brazil, Japan again, and all over the U.S. They didn't really have any ideas for songs, so they released "B-Side Ourselves," a compilation of cover songs by Kiss, The Ramones, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, and Rush. "B-Side Ourselves" was mainly released because the fans were having a very hard time trying to get a hold of these b-sides, so Skid Row released it as an album.
Skid Row seemed to fade away after that, with the new introduction to alternative and rap music. It wasn't until three years later in 1995 that Skid Row released their 4th and final album, "Subhuman Race." There were some hit songs on "Subhuman," but Skid Row's videos were rarely seen on MTV anymore. After doing another worldwide tour, Skid Row broke up in early 1997 after turning down a show with Kiss, their biggest role models when they were young.

Skid Row never did break up COMPLETELY, they just kicked out Sebastian. The other 4 guys hired a new lead singer, Shawn McCabe, and formed Ozone Monday. Ozone Monday never saw an album release, and since then Shawn McCabe is out of the band ( as well as Rob Affuso ). The supposed new "Skid Row" is back, with John Solinger from the Texas band Solinger as front-man and Charlie Mills on the drums. Nothing is known about a new album yet...

Latest Skid Row News

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Sebastian Bach Announce European Tour Dates

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has scheduled the following dates:

June 05 - Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock
June 06 - Tallinn, Estonia @ The Old Monastery Yard
June 07 - Tampere, Finland @ Pakkahoune
June 08 - Oulu, Finland @ Teatria

Bach recently released the first video from "Angel Down". The clip for "(Love Is) A Bitchslap", which was completed at Macabre studios in New Jersey, is "a live performance video, filmed at the sold-out Calgary Saddledome and Winnipeg MTS Centre shows," says Sebastian. "The video kicks ass and I can't wait for you all to see it!! The band is rockin' and we played to over 40,000 of you people those two nights, so on behalf of the band, thanks for letting us star in YOUR video, Calgary and Winnipeg!!" More...

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Skid Row Announce Indonesia Tour Dates

SKID ROW has scheduled five dates in Indonesia in March. The band's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Feb. 23 - Victoria, TX - Riverside Convention Center
Feb. 24 - Austin, TX - Rock City Ice House
Feb. 28 - Calgary, AB - Snatch Rock N Roll Lounge
Feb. 29 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center
Mar. 01 - Couer'D Alene, ID - The Grail
Mar. 02 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub
Mar. 07 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Lapangan D, Senayan, Complex Gelora Bung Karno
Mar. 09 - Bandung, Indonesia - Stadium Siliwangi, Complex Army
Mar. 11 - Semarang, Indonesia - Stadium Diponogoro, Complex Sport Hall
Mar. 13 - Surabaya, Indonesia - Stadium Gelora 10 Nopember, Tambaksari Street
Mar. 15 - Malang, Indonesia - Lapangan Rampal, Complex Army Batalyon Infantri
Mar. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 29 - Factoryville, PA - Trailside Inn
Apr. 26 - Leesburg, FL - Leesburg Bike Fest
Jul. 11 - Boerne, TX - Javelina Harley Davidson Festival

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Skid Row Announce Tour Dates

SKID ROW have added more dates to their upcoming North American tour. The band's updated itinerary is as follows:

February
23 - Victoria, TX - Riverside Convention Center
24 - Austin, TX - Rock City Ice House
28 - Calgary, AB - Snatch Rock N Roll Lounge
29 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center

March
1 - Couer'D Alene, ID - The Grail
2 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
29 - Factoryville, PA - Trailside Inn

April
26 - Leesburg, FL - Leesburg Bike Fest

July
11 - Boerne, TX - Javelina Harley Davidson Festival

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Skid Row Announce 2008 Tour Dates

SKID ROW has scheduled the following dates:

Jan. 04 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA *
Jan. 05 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA *
Jan. 06 - Saddle Rack - Fremont, CA **
Jan. 09 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
Jan. 10 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Jan. 11 - Sunset Station - Henderson, NV
Jan. 12 - Angels Roadhouse - Yucaipa, CA
Jan. 24 - Vince Neil's Motley Cruise - Miami, FL
Feb. 23 - Riverside Convention Center - Victoria, TX

* With L.A. GUNS, BANG TANGO
** With L.A. GUNS, BANG TANGO, VAINS OF JENNA

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Skid Row Guitarist Slams Sebastian Bach

James Allman of Baconmusic spoke to SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill last night (Saturday, November 24) backstage at the Rock City in Nottingham, England. Watch the 10-minute interview below. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Baconmusic: What's the latest news on Dave "Snake" Sabo? Is he still a member of SKID ROW?

Scotti: "Snake is a member of SKID ROW. He's also got some legal troubles this year and that's keeping him in America. He manages the band DOWN, so since he can't come over here right now — 'cause the judge won't let him; the judge said, 'You can't leave the country until this is all cleared up' — he's hanging with the boys from DOWN who are doing really good. They've got a kick-ass record out right now."

Baconmusic: There's a lot of rumors that he's not too well health-wise.

Scotti: "He's had some health issues, but no… He's good to go, he's good to go. As a matter of fact, he's gonna do some shows with us in January out West — in California, up through Vegas, Salt Lake City and all that stuff."

Baconmusic: So tell us about who is filling in [on this tour]?

Scotti: "We've got Ryan Cook from the band HAIR OF THE DOG — kick-ass band; we've been friends with Ryan for a long time. He was good enough to learn the songs in a week, sat down, one rehearsal, [and] it was like he was good to go. He's a good friend, we've known him for a long time. He's good for the band, he's good for the morale, man — he's a positive influence out here and… [turns to camera, joking] So fuck Snake. Snake, I love you, brother."

Baconmusic: If Snake ever did have to quit the band, do you think it would be still OK for SKID ROW to continue with just two original members?

Scotti: "[I] couldn't tell you that. I don't know what we would do. Because he's an integral part of the writing process and the live show and all that — he basically started the band. I don't know if Rachel [Bolan, bass] and I would go on or do something else. Man, I take this shit day to day. I didn't expect to be here in 2007 sitting in Rock City [in Nottingham, England] down in the basement doing an interview, you know?! It's all gravy."

Baconmusic: Sebastian Bach said in a recent interview, and I quote, "The SKID ROW of 2007 are wrecking the name worse than can ever be wrecked." What have you gotta say in response to that?

Scotti: "Blow it out your ass, buddy. Whatever, dude! Go do your fuckin' thing and just forget about it. We had a good run — we got a good run together. Leave it alone, man! He's got a new record coming out. Why don't he worry about his new record?"

Baconmusic: Or he can keep licking Axl Rose's ass.

Scotti: "If that's what makes you happy, that's what makes you happy. Sure." More...

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Sebastian Bach Checks In From Tour

SEBASTIAN BACH (ex-SKID ROW) has issued the following update:

"Cincinnatti Ohio WEBN FM parking lot - in the middle of the national radio tour. Sitting in the parking lot of WEBN radio in Cincinnati Ohio, waiting to go live on air in person with Fritz. Just drove here from Dayton where we played a bunch of new songs on WTUE with Bman (thanks dude!). Was on the air in person this morning at 7:45 am in Columbus Ohio where we played a lot of Angel Down on the Morning Blitz and had a great time with Blazor & Mo. Premiered the song 'Falling Into You' this morning in Columbus. It feels so great to play the new music on the air across the country!

I have never done this before. I have never gone on tour without playing concerts. It's alot of travel but well worth it. If I was doing shows there would be little chance of me going to a radio station at 7:45 am. This is a great way to let people hear the new album. The whole list of all the radio stations I am going to is on the myspace page. I will be at every station, live in person, playing fresh cuts off Angel Down, which finally hits stores on November 20! Tune into your local station to hear the new album, or come down to the station and get a free autographed poster as long as we got 'em!

In the current issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, on newsstands now, 'Back In The Saddle' off Angel Down is listed at #2 on the Editors Hotlist of Favorite Songs, Videos, or Albums Of The Month. This is a big honor and I freaked out in the airport when I saw it! Glad you dig it ROLLING STONE! Thanks alot for the support!

For the second time this month, I am going on MTV's Total Request Live. I will be a judge in the Rockband Video Game Contest on MTV's TRL on November 15! Check it out !"

Angel Down, will be released on November 20th via a joint-venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach's Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.

Produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA, the album features the following tracklisting: 'Angel Down', 'You Don't Understand', 'Back In The Saddle' (AEROSMITH cover featuring GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose), '(Love Is) A Bitchslap' (featuring Axl Rose), 'Stuck Inside' (featuring Axl Rose), 'American Metalhead', 'Negative Light', 'Live & Die', 'By Your Side', 'Our Love Is A Lie', 'Take You Down With Me', 'Stabbin' Daggers', 'You Bring Me Down', 'Falling Into You'.

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Sebastian Bach Speaks On New Album

SEBASTIAN BACH spoke to /Rockconfidential.com recently about a number of topics including his new solo record, Angel Down. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Rockconfidential.com: It’s been a few years since we’ve got to hear a true Sebastian Bach CD. It’s got to feel good knowing that Angel Down is just around the corner.
Bach: "Absolutely! I’ve been working on Angel Down for seven years. I did a record in 2005 that was under the radar called Absence of Apathy for a project called Frameshift II. The first Frameshift project featured James LaBrie from DREAM THEATER. It’s progressive metal and it may as well have been called a Sebastian Bach record. I co-wrote seven songs on that record. Metal Edge named it one of the top metal records of 2005. Angel Down is more what you’d expect from me. It’s hard-ass rock that is fun and real energetic. If you dig metal screams you will definitely dig Angel Down! I made sure there were lots of screams on the record."

Rockconfidential.com: Since you spent seven years working on Angel Down, what’s the oldest track on the record?
Bach: "The oldest track is the last track that I wrote with Desmond Child, 'Falling Into You'. Funnily enough, that was 100% Jason Flom again. When I was in the Jekyll and Hyde musical, the big show stopper song was 'This Is The Moment'. It’s a soaring, long, clear ballad kinda along the lines of 'I Remember You'. Jason came backstage and told me he wanted me to write a song with Desmond Child. I said, 'Killer! Do it!' Atlantic Records sent me down to Desmond’s house. I stood there in front of the piano and we both wrote 'Falling Into You'. It’s the first piano ballad that I’ve ever had on the record. There’s a lot of ear candy on the record, too. There are things you won’t hear until you hear it 20 fucking times! There’s stuff buried back in the mix and I dig shit like that."

Rockconfidential.com: You guys are like partners in crime. You went out on the road together, you got him in the studio. I guess you have a good time with Axl.
Bach: "I spent a better part of a year on the road with him getting fucking crazy! Axl is like a one man LED ZEPPELIN. You wanna talk about partying ’til 2PM the next afternoon and showing people how it’s done! This motherfucker is like Jack Nicholson on the microphone. I don’t even know what the fuck that means! We had AVENGED SEVENFOLD out with us and they’re a great band. We were in Europe. We’d do a show at the arena and Axl would go on around midnight. Then he’d go and rent out a club starting at like 5AM every fucking day! I don’t know how he found those places! I was like, 'Where the fuck are we going to go at 5AM in Prague, Czechoslovakia?' Sure enough he gets a club as the sun is coming up and our busses roll in. We stumble up these stairs as the sun is shining in and he says, 'Time to start the party!' I can’t even begin to describe that tour. The Avenged Sevenfold guys did their best, bless their hearts. They’re a little younger than us! The drummer was the last one standing in that band and he’s a fucking alcoholic! He reminded me a lot of Duff McKagan from the Use Your Illusion tour. The way he walked, talked and the way he slurred every other word. I love the guy!"

Angel Down, will be released on November 20th via a joint-venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach's Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.

Produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA, the album features the following tracklisting: 'Angel Down', 'You Don't Understand', 'Back In The Saddle' (AEROSMITH cover featuring GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose), '(Love Is) A Bitchslap' (featuring Axl Rose), 'Stuck Inside' (featuring Axl Rose), 'American Metalhead', 'Negative Light', 'Live & Die', 'By Your Side', 'Our Love Is A Lie', 'Take You Down With Me', 'Stabbin' Daggers', 'You Bring Me Down', 'Falling Into You'.

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Sebastian Bach To Play Green Goblin On Stage?

Christa Titus at Reuters recently caught up with vocalist Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW). Th efollowing is an excerpt from the interview:

Q: It's been eight years since your last solo record. Why?

Bach: "I've done four Broadway shows since that record and I definitely count all my Broadway shows as part of my body of work. This is (also) the return of Mr. Axl Rose. The whole world has been waiting over 15 years to hear him put out new songs. That day is November 20. He sings three songs on the record."

Q: How was it recording with him?

Bach: "We had a great time. It took him about two hours to do 'Back In The Saddle' and '(Love Is) A Bitchslap', and then he's like, 'Right on, OK, it's like 2, 3 in the morning.' I said, 'Dude, you gotta take one whack at this song 'Stuck Inside,' and he kinda got a little sniffy. I go, 'Would ya just do the one f---ing shot?' He very carefully wrote the words he was gonna sing and came in with this f---ing vocal at the end when he goes to this high part of this high harmony above the ending chorus. It's astonishing."

Q: You've done TV, Broadway and rap. What other endeavours would you like to attempt?

Bach: "I'm gonna write a book. I've already started on it, and so that's 100% coming. I'd also like to do all my father's (late artist David Bierk) archives, to be presented in a coffee-table kind of format. There's also a role I would like to try out for and perform on Broadway, which is the Green Goblin in Spider Man. I would definitely like to kick Spider Man's ass all over the Broadway stage eight times a week."

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Sebastian Bach To Do New Jersey Signing Session

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach will take part in an in-store signing session on Tuesday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey.

For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.

Sebastian Bach's version of AEROSMITH's "Back in the Saddle", one of three tracks on Bach's forthcoming CD "Angel Down" that features GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose on vocals, has leaked and was played a few times last month on an Active Rock station in Texas. According to the station's rep, the phones went off the hook when the song was played and it became the station's #1 most requested track!

The cover art for "Angel Down" is an original painting by Bach's late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled "David Watching", was painted in 1990, so an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind", which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.

Bach will release "Angel Down" on November 20. The album was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside".

"Angel Down" track listing:

01. Angel Down
02. You Don't Understand
03. Back In The Saddle (feat. Axl Rose)
04. (Love Is) A Bitchslap (feat. Axl Rose)
05. Stuck Inside (feat. Axl Rose)
06. American Metalhead
07. Negative Light
08. Live & Die
09. By Your Side
10. Our Love Is A Lie
11. Take You Down With Me
12. Stabbin' Daggers
13. You Bring Me Down
14. Falling Into You

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Sebastian Bach Talks New Guns N Roses Songs

Metal Edge magazine recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Metal Edge: Do you ever get [Axl Rose] on the phone and say, "Will you just put your fuckin record out already?"

Bach: I said that to him once, and it was one of the only times he bristled at me. He goes, "Oh, everybody, Sebastian's got a great fucking idea. Hey! I should put out a record! Thanks, man what would I do without you dude... that's awesome." I was like, "OK, I get it. Ill never say that again." See, the thing that nobody gets, that I get, is that he has like four albums done. I've heard it. So get ready! All you people who don't think he's gonna put out a record are sadly mistaken. He just takes his time. It's his album. Axl does what he wants to do, that's the way it is. And just 'cause you havent heard it doesn't mean it's not done."

Metal Edge: Well, I've heard the six tracks that were leaked, and they're amazing.

Bach: But those aren't the final versions. He laughed about those. Those aren't the record. Those are some other version of whatever. One of my favorite songs — I asked Axl if I could mention the song titles and he said "Fine" — and one of my favorite songs is this song called "The General", which is so… it's by far the heaviest metal tune I think ive ever heard Axl do, this slow, grinding riff with these high, peircing vocals, screaming vocals. I was like, "When is this coming out?" And he said "2012" I was like, "Dude, you're killin' me!" He goes, "Well, this comes out on the third record. It relates to this song, it's a trilogy, this goes with this lyrically." He's got it all figured out, he's just different than other people. He does things on his own time, in his own way, but you know...the world's not prepared for what I've heard from this guy. It's got the grandness and the epic-ness of "November Rain" but with the snarl, the attitude of "Appetite". Because the album that I've heard, a lot of the drumming is by Brain, who plays so heavy and mean. It's a really...grand is the word for it, but its still got that attitude. There's some great music comin' your way.

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Sebastian Bach Track Leaked To Huge Response

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach's version of AEROSMITH's "Back in the Saddle", one of three tracks on Bach's forthcoming CD "Angel Down" that features GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose on vocals, has leaked and was played a few times late last week on an Active Rock station in Texas. According to the station's rep, the phones went off the hook when the song was played and it became the station's #1 most requested track!

Sebastian got the cover of his new CD, "Angel Down", tattooed on his arm by tattoo artist extraordinaire Kat Von D on the October 23 episode of "LA Ink". Watch the segment below.

The cover art for "Angel Down" is an original painting by Bach's late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled "David Watching", was painted in 1990, so an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind", which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.

Bach will release "Angel Down" on November 20. The album was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside". More...

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Watch Skid Row Footage From Sayreville Show Online

Fan-filmed video footage of SKID ROW performing the song "Piece of Me" this past summer at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey can be viewed here.

SKID ROW's latest album, "Revolutions Per Minute", was released on October 24, 2006 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's "ThickSkin" was recorded at WireWorld studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Michael Wagener, who previously worked with the band on their two most commercially successful albums to date, "Skid Row" (1989) and "Slave to the Grind" (1991). More...

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Skid Row Update Tour Schedule

US heavy rockers SKID ROW have updated their forthcoming tour schedule as follows:

November
1 - Z-7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
2 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
3 - Transilvania - Milan, Italy
4 - Ninkasi - Lyon, France
6 - Apolo 2 - Barcelona, Spain
7 - Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
9 - Artsaia - Aizoain, Spain
10 - Barbey - Bordeaux, France
11 - Elysee Montmarte - Paris, France
13 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
14 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
15 - Bierkeller - Bristol, UK
16 - Corner House - Middlesborough, UK
17 - Rios - Leeds, UK
18 - Garage - Glasgow, UK
20 - The Park - Peterborough, UK
21 - Woughton Centre - Milton Keynes, UK
22 - Carling Academy - Liverpool, UK
23 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
24 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
25 - JB's - Dudley, UK

December
7 - Riverside Convention Center - Victoria, TX

January
4 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
5 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
6 - Saddle Rack - Fremont,CA
24 - Vince Neil's Motley Cruise - Miami, FL

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Skid Row Announce U.K. Shows

Skid Row are to play London Astoria 2 November 13, Swansea Sin City 14, Bristol Bierkeller 15, Middlesbrough Corner House 16, Leeds Rio's 17, Glasgow Garage 18, Peterborough Park 20, Milton Keynes Woughton centre 21, Liverpool Academy 22, Sheffied Corporation 23, Nottingham Rock City 24, Dudley JB's 25.

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Skid Row Announce European Tour Dates

SKID ROW will embark on a European tour in November. So far the following dates have been announced:

Nov. 01 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Nov. 02 - New Age, Treviso, Italy
Nov. 03 - Transilvania, Milan, Italy
Nov. 06 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 07 - Heineken, Madrid, Spain
Nov. 09 - Sala Jam, Bergara, Spain
Nov. 13 - Mean Fiddler, London, UK
Nov. 14 - Sin City, Swansea, UK
Nov. 15 - Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
Nov. 18 - Garage, Glasgow, UK
Nov. 20 - The Park, Peterborough, UK
Nov. 21 - Woughton Centre, Milton Keynes, UK
Nov. 24 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Nov. 25 - JB's, Dudley, UK

SKID ROW has apparently tapped CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar to fill in for Dave "Snake" Sabo for the group's upcoming dates. Sabo, who works for the successful management company McGhee Entertainment (KISS, DOWN) headed up by Doc McGhee, is still said to be a member of SKID ROW, although it's not presently clear when he will resume playing with the group in a live setting.

SKID ROW's latest album, "Revolutions Per Minute", was released on October 24, 2006 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's "ThickSkin" was recorded at WireWorld studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Michael Wagener, who previously worked with the band on their two most commercially successful albums to date, "Skid Row" (1989) and "Slave to the Grind" (1991).

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Axl Rose To Appear On New Sebastian Bach Album

GUNS N' ROSES frontman AXL ROSE has issued the following statement in regard to his participation on SEBASTIAN BACH's new solo CD, Angel Down:

"Bas asked me to sing on his new record, Angel Down, and I agreed and came down to his studio where he played me the tracks. I really liked the title/opening track, 'Angel Down', but I didn't feel that it would be right to be on that one, although, of course, it would've been cool because it's a great rip-your-head-off track!

Since this session was rather a more fun atmosphere, the tracks I sang on kind of showed themselves and were also done out of curiosity on the part of Bas, myself, and his producer, Roy Z, just to see if my involvement brought something that worked for the tracks.

Bas really wanted me on 'Bitchslap', and I got to try my own ideas on it. We're not saying much about the second track, as it may be taken a bit further, and when Bas played the third track, 'Stuck Inside', he suggested a kind of call-and-answer part. They allowed me the freedom to write my own words and melodies, and although it's only a couple of lines, it really felt great. The song has such a mean riff, and Bas' guys were so supportive in so many ways on tour and fun to hang with, that it was great to be a part of something of theirs and I think it really came out strong.

For me, the three songs together are a good package. They are all different, with different approaches and styles from each other and from material I have on the upcoming Guns N’ Roses record. For me, the timing couldn’t be better and I’m quite surprised to be on one song, let alone three!!!

Bas really knew where he saw my involvement on his album and had different options in mind. He knew what seemed obvious, what would be fun, what would work for his album and what he felt I would like. I really liked the energy of the tracks and since I'm rarely asked to do anything I'd actually enjoy or be glad to be a part of, I'm more than grateful for the opportunity and hope the fans get a kick out of it as well."

Sebastian Bach's Angel Down will be on store shelves November 20th.

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Former Skid Row Drummer To Release DVD

"My heart's like an open book, for the whole world to read" goes the famous Motley Crue lyric. But few rockers have followed these words as closely as drummer Phil Varone, who over a four year period, allowed a thorough and no-holds-barred window into his personal life - the end result being the unflinching documentary on the ups and downs of rock n' roll, "Waking Up Dead." Directed by Emmy Award winning journalist and filmmaker Fabio Jafet, the near hour and a half documentary was first released in 2005, and has now been issued as an expanded DVD, via Demolition Records and MVD Entertainment Group.

The way that the media often portrays rock stars is one of a dream-come-true existence. And while quite a few of Varone's rock n' roll dreams came true, it's certainly not all champagne, caviar, and limos for a working musician, and Varone and Jafet pull no punches throughout "Waking Up Dead," as such topics as addiction, how to support your family on meager earnings, and business betrayal are all dissected and analyzed. While countless musicians have indulged in "the rock n' roll lifestyle" over the years, few have had the nerve to document it all as thoroughly as Varone does, which results in a head-on collision you just can't turn away from - known as "Waking Up Dead."

"Phil was incredibly brave and trustful to allow me to tell his story," explains Jafet. "The only way this movie could have been done was with all access and no censoring. I was not interested in doing a 'Behind The Music.' There was no point."

What you get is a flick that truly encompasses sex, drugs, and rock n' roll - times ten. "I didn't want to make any ordinary documentary. I think most of them are flat and boring and carry the stigma of being called 'documentary.' I wanted to break the rules and make something that stood out visually and emotionally."

You can view the cover art here or check out the trailer on YouTube. More...

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Skid Row Guitarist: You Gotta Have Fun Doing This

Marko Syrjälä of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal-Rules.com: After the first album you went into much heavier direction with "Slave to the Grind"...

Scotti: Well, it was natural, man. We were on that first tour for 16 months, that's a lot of time man! Our influences changed, we were listening to different kinds of music and those influences came through. Even though our first record came out in 1989, some songs were written years before. So it was a complete fresh batch of everything, fresh sound, you know? That was a natural direction we wanted to take it in, to make it heavier. Everyone else went the other way. We wanted to make it heavier. It's what we like and what feels good.

Metal-Rules.com: What comes first in your mind when you think about your third album, "Subhuman Race"?

Scotti: That was the beginning of the end I think! That was not an easy record to make, Bob Rock produced it and we recorded it in Canada and there was a lot of tension in the band, some people love it, some people don't pay attention to it. Personally, it brings back bad memories for me. There are some tracks on there which I think are really cool, but the overall sound of the record I don't like. I think it's kinda thin. But it was not a good time, a lot of tension in the studio and we weren't getting along.

Metal-Rules.com: How is your relationship with Rob Affuso now?

Scotti: I speak to Rob every few months or so, he comes to visit me in Florida about once a year he'll come and stay at my house. He's doing well, we're good friends, and he looks exactly the same!

Metal-Rules.com: Is he still in music business?

Scotti: He plays in a cover band and he does corporate events, he makes a shitload of cash! (Laughs) So good for him man. He's my good friend, I like him a lot. I wish nothing but the best for him.

Metal-Rules.com: What is the reason he is not involved with SKID ROW anymore?

Scotti: Well, when we started getting the band back together his head was somewhere else, he was into other things. It didn't seem like he was giving 100% so when we put SKID ROW back together we didn't bring him back.

Metal-Rules.com: Did you ever even think about asking him back?

Scotti: No, because he was involved with the OZONE MONDAY project and he had other business things going on and he didn't have enough time for it. So we got another drummer in and when we did the SKID ROW thing we didn't bring him along. He wasn't playing a lot so, he was going through his own thing, it just wasn't right for the band. No, he has never asked to come back. I think that he's happy doing what he's doing, I really do. He gets to play music and he's making good money.

Metal-Rules.com: There are still a lot of fans of yours who don't and never will accept Johnny [Solinger], what do you have to say for those people?

Scotti: I don't have anything to say to them, don't listen man! Start your own band, get your own singer! This ones ours, this is the one we are keeping! I don't expect everyone to like it, some people can't let go of the past. I mean how long was Sammy Hagar in VAN HALEN and there were still people going "We want Dave!" I would like to see Dave too but that's not happening yet. I think that any band that replaces such an important band member goes through the same thing. But you know what's funny? People either like SKID ROW or they like Sebastian. You can like it all, you know? You can like Sebastian and SKID ROW, go see him on Thursday and go see us on Friday! 'Cause I tell you, man, the bottom line is you gotta have fun doing this otherwise it will kill you. And it wasn't fun, he wasn't having fun and we weren't having fun. We didn't like each other, he didn't like us! So fuck it. It's not worth it, man! I understand that people might want to see a reunion and all that.

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Ratt To Perform On "Motley Cruise"

The reunited RATT has joined the musical lineup of Vince Neil's Motley Cruise. Vince himself will perform, as will SKID ROW, SLAUGHTER and several more artists, to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Departing from Miami on January 24, 2008, Vince Neil's Motley Cruise will set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making its way to Calica, Mexico! An array of exclusive events, including meet-and-greets with the artists, wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and the no-limit Texas Hold 'Em charity poker tournament (with big cash prizes) and a one-of-a-kind live charity auction benefitting Vince's Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, will also be held. All of this takes place on board a world-class Carnival cruise with fine dining and 24-hour room service, full-service casino, beautiful swimming pools, spa, gym and other great amenities. Prices start at only $479 per person (based on double occupancy, subject to availability) with convenient payment plans available!

Call Toll Free: 1-877-883-4682 or email: reservations@motleycruise.org.

For more information, visit www.motleycruise.org.

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