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Skid Row

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


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

Below is our complete Skid Row news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Guitar Hero Encore Song List Revealed

The complete list of songs has been revealed for Activision's special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The game will ship for the PlayStation 2 on July 24.

According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks:

"Caught in a Mosh" (as made famous by ANTHRAX)
"Balls to the Wall" (as made famous by ACCEPT)
"Electric Eye" (by JUDAS PRIEST)
"Los Angeles" (as made famous by X)
"Police Truck" (as made famous by DEAD KENNEDYS)
"We Got the Beat" (as made famous by THE GO GO'S)
"(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese" (as made famous by VAPORS)
"Seventeen" (as made famous by WINGER)
"Because, it's Midnite" (by LIMOZEEN)
"Hold On Loosely" (as made famous by .38 SPECIAL)
"No One Like You" (as made famous by SCORPIONS)
"Only a Lad" (as made famous by OINGO BOINGO)
"Ballroom Blitz" (as made famous by KROKUS)
"The Warrior" (by SCANDAL)
"What I Like About You" (as made famous by THE ROMANTICS)
"Wrath Child" (as made famous by IRON MAIDEN)
"I Wanna Rock" (by TWISTED SISTER)
"Round and Round" (as made famous by RATT)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by QUIET RIOT)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by DIO)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by ASIA)
"Radar Love" (as made famous by WHITE LION)
"18 and Life" (as made famous by SKID ROW)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by FASTER PUSSYCAT)
"Lonely is the Night" (as made famous by BILLY SQUIER)
"Nothing But a Good Time" (as made famous by POISON)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by EXTREME)
"Shaken" (as made famous by EDDIE MONEY)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by THE POLICE)

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Guitar Hero Encore: Rockin 80's Style

Recent pre-order boxes for the upcoming Playstation 2 videogame "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s" have revealed more tracks for the game, the latest include:

Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
Iron Maiden - "Wrathchild"
.38 Special - "Hold on Loosely"
White Lion - "Radar Love"
Scorpions - "No One Like You"
The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
Winger - "Seventeen"

It is not known which, if any, of these tracks will be original recordings or covers. They join the previously announced tracks:

"We Got The Beat" (The Go-Go's)
"Balls To The Wall" (as made famous by Accept)
"Only A Lad"(as made famous by Oingo Boingo)
"The Warrior" (as made famous by Scandal)
"18 And Life" (as made famous by Skid Row)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
"Lonely Is The Night" (as made famous by Billy Squier)
"Nothin' But A Good Time" (as made famous by Poison)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by Extreme)
"Shaken" (as made famous by Eddie Money)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by The Police)
"I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister) (original recording)
"I Ran" (Flock Of Seagulls) (original recording)
"Round And Round" (as made famous by Ratt)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by Dio)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by Asia)

The game is expected to see a July 17th release date.

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Skid Row Announce More Tour Dates

SKID ROW has lined up the following tour dates:

April 24 - Ledyard, Connecticut, Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino
April 25 - Ledyard, Connecticut, Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino
June 08 - Sölvesborg, Sweden, Sweden Rock Festival
June 15 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
June 16 - Gilford, New Hampshire, Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
July 13 - Owensboro, KY, Executive Inn
July 14 - Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma - Rock Fever Fest
Aug. 03 - Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Clearfield County Fair
Aug. 18 - Lapeer, Michigan, Lapeer Days Festival
Sept. 08 - San Fidel, New Mexico, Sky City Casino

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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Skid Row Bassist Says They Won't Play w/ Seb Again

In an in-depth interview Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan said the following:

What initially prompted the band to begin playing again?

Rachel: "We missed our fans. We kept getting a lot of e-mails about how people wish we would get back together so they could see us. But we knew when we got back together, we knew we were gonna get a new singer because we had already parted ways with Sebastian [Bach]. We didn't wanna go through that again because it was a marriage that just didn't work and that's all there is to it, ya know? It was a love of the music and a love of playing live. We wanted to create more music as SKID ROW."

At what point did you realize things really weren't working out with Sebastian? Was there a clear defining moment?

Rachel: "For me, it was probably after the first record at some point...once we started to get really popular. We went in to do 'Slave to the Grind' and it came out good and all that, but I think it was in the midst of that tour that the tension really began. We went into it as a band and all of a sudden it became a band and a front guy. If someone brings stuff to the table, that's one thing... if they can back up what they say. But if someone tries to take credit for something they didn't do... that's kinda weird. I would never do that and neither would any of the other guys. But you know what I always say...there's always plenty of rock 'n' roll to go around. He's out doin' his thing and we're doin' our thing and we're happier this way."

So there's absolutely no chance there will ever be a reunion with Sebastian?

Rachel: "No. There's no point in doin' it, ya know? We're happy doin' what we do. We're not gonna jeopardize what we've got goin' on now just so people can say they saw the SKID ROW reunion. It's just not worth it to us. Nostalgia is cool, ya know? We've got our core fan base from back in the day, but we've got new fans too. It's just one of those things where we've moved on. To look back or to go back would be just ridiculous."

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Skid Row Record Release Show At New Hard Rock Café

Two decades into their impressive rock 'n' roll career, SKID ROW are proud to announce their first ever CD release party for the album "Revolutions Per Minute" due out October 24th on SPV / Steamhammer. Presented by Budweiser True Music & Eddie Trunk, the HARD ROCK HALLOWEEN BASH featuring SKID ROW will be held at the all new Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square NYC. Doors open at 7PM, music starts at 8. There will be special surprise guests, a costume contest with killer prizes and much more. This is event is FREE to all listeners of Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk. Just listen to Eddie Trunk Friday night's 11pm – 2am eastern on Q104.3 to reserve your spot on the guest list. You can hear this show anywhere in the world by going to www.q1043.com and clicking on "Listen Live".

Only two other bands have had the honor of breaking in the new HARD ROCK CAFÉ with a live performance; VELVET REVOLVER and MOTLEY CRUE. SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan comments, "It's going to be a historic night of Rock and Roll!"

The CD release party is also the launching pad for the "Revolutions Per Minute" tour, with special guests KINGS X, presented by VH1 Classic and Gibson guitars. The tour, which will also have NASHVILLE PUSSY on select dates, officially kicks off on Halloween night. Confirmed tour dates follow: More...

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Anthrax Guitarist Comments On Ep.3 Of "Supergroup"

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has commented on episode three of "SuperGroup", the VH1 "reality" TV program starring Ian, Ted Nugent, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band — dubbed DAMNOCRACY — also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.

Commented Scott: "I thought episode 3 kicked ass. They just keep getting better. I love in episode 3 when Doc says that the song [that DAMNOCRACY wrote and demoed on the show] would be a great song in 1982 but not in 2006. I take that as a compliment. Rob Cavallo [producer] says it's dated. Dated? Hmmm, the guy that produces GREEN DAY who sound exactly like the BUZZCOCKS says we sound dated. Interesting. I guess the WHITE STRIPES sound dated as well. And PEARL JAM and JOSS STONE and everyone else that sounds like '70s music. Or bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD that are straight out of '80s thrash. Are they dated? Why is dated a negative? I understand being objective, it's just that dated to me is not a negative. We're playing music that we love and organically created. What should we sound like? What is current? Should we have forced ourselves to sound like something we're not? That would've been the lamest and most transparent thing we could've done. They wanted us to cover a KELLY CLARKSON song. That was their idea. I actually went as far as to learn it, be open-minded and all, and quickly realized it would've been so fucking retarded for us to do that. Duh. Hey, I'm an open-minded kind of guy. That song works for her, not for DAMNOCRACY. Anyway, hopefully we will finish these demos and you'll get to hear what we did. Let us know if you want to hear it. Maybe that will light a fire under our asses."

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'SuperGroup' Premiere Date Moved Back

According to a posting on Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW; vocals) official web site, the premiere date of the new VH1 reality TV show, titled "SuperGroup" — featuring the band DAMNOCRACY consisting of Bach, Ted Nugent (guitar), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD; bass), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX; guitar), and Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER; drums) — has been moved to Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m. from the previously announced May 5.

As previously announced, the DAMNOCRACY bandmembers spent 12 days in Vegas shooting "SuperGroup". Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 10 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5. An official DAMNOCRACY promotional photo has been posted online here.

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Hydrogyn Releases "18 & Life" Single

Chavis Records has sent the following release:

"In yet another monumental turn of events radio and media giant Clear Channel pick up the newly released single ’18 & Life’ recorded by HYDROGYN. Radio stations WAMX 106.1 FM, WKEE 100.5 FM, and WKLC 105.1 FM and others throughout the western region will spin ’18 & Life’ in regular rotation. Chavis Records / DA Records are proud to announce our association with Clear Channel and look forward to expanding our music throughout the US."

"‘18 & Life’ gained high profile notoriety by rockers Skid Row whose debut was released in 1989 and produced by Michael Wagener. Call your local radio stations and request HYDROGYN – ’18 & Life’."

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Damnocracy 'SuperGroup' Concert Photos Posted

21 brand-new high-quality pictures of DAMNOCRACY — Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW; vocals), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD; bass), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX; guitar), Ted Nugent (guitar), and Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER; drums) — performing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2 have been posted online at Bach's official web site.

The DAMNOCRACY bandmembers spent 12 days in Vegas shooting a new VH1 reality TV show, titled "SuperGroup". Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 10 days and get them to write and record some new original music. Originally the network wanted the group to record an album, but at this time it is understood they will settle for one song and hope for more. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.

VH1's "SuperGroup" is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 p.m.

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Ted Nugent Wins Gun "Fight" On VH1 Set

ReviewJournal.com reports: A pistol-packing Ted Nugent startled a VH1 film crew member.

Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent won a showdown with a VH1 film crew assistant director the other day.

Nugent, in town for the filming of VH1's "Supergroup" reality show, walked onto the set early this week exercising his right to bear arms.

The startled assistant director asked the rocker to remove the holstered firearm from the active set, citing safety concerns.

Nugent, 57, stuck to his guns (gun), and the AD has not been seen on the set since, I'm told.

Reached at VH1 in New York on Friday, spokeswoman Michelle Clark said Nugent "has a license to be a firearm carrier no matter where he might be. I'm sure he wasn't waving it around."

Nugent and four other veteran rockers wrap up their 12-day taping, most of it at the Parisian Palace, with a concert Sunday at the Empire Ballroom, 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Joining Nugent on the reality show is Sebastian Bach of Skid Row; drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham; Scott Ian of Anthrax; and Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard.

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VH1's "Supergroup" To Premiere In May

US TV network VH1 is bringing together some of the biggest names in heavy metal to star in a new reality show.

Supergroup will bring together Ted Nugent, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO) to create a new band.

The rockers will live together for two weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada and film seven episodes for the show.

VH1 executive Michael Herschorn says, "What I liked about SuperGroup was that is combined elements that have worked so well for us (before), with an organic music idea."

The musicians will endure boot-camp style training from iconic rock manager Doc McGhee, in preparation for a concert at Las Vegas nightclub Rain.

SuperGroup began filming Wednesday (Feb. 22) and will premiere 18 May.

The new band members have not committed to staying together beyond the filming of the show, but plans to record a single are being discussed

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Bang Your Head Line-Up Revealed

The band-lineup of next year's installment of Bang Your Head is gaining shape: former Skid Row-vocalist Sebastian Bach was confirmed to play at the event set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. Bach played this year's Bang Your Head as well: He was hired as substitute for White Lion as the reunion of the latter failed last minute. Bach turned out to the huge surprise act of the festival ans delivered an frenetically acclaimed live set with an high-energy performance of many Skid Row-classics.

Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of Ten Years." To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events, among them prominent names like Twisted Sister and Motorhead. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.

The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June:

Twisted Sister
Sebastian Bach
Gamma Ray

Axel Rudi Pell
Amon Amarth
Jag Panzer
Nasty Savage
Vicious Rumors

+ 5 more huge acts
+ 1 very special guest

All further details about the Bang Your Head may be found at ww.bang-your-head.de.

Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via homepage. Prices are 59 - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. By this it the organizers want to ensure that the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event won't suffer.

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Sebastian Bach Nowhere To Hyde

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has posted the following update at his official, website: "I am extremely honoured to be revisiting the role(s) of Jekyll & Hyde at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC this October . The reasons for me being so excited about revisiting this role are many. My Broadway debut was with Jekyll & Hyde in the year 2000, before 911, when the world was a very different place. My memories and emotional attachment to this show are deeply heart-felt and listening to the music again this last week has been a revelation. I cannot wait to bring Mr. Hyde to life again and to perform 10 shows this October as Dr. Jekyll trying to save his dying father. I only wish it was a longer run, but hey Raleigh I am looking forward to bringing some fresh Broadway BLOOD to the North Carolina Theatre at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium ! See you soon ......if you dare."
Bach's upcoming Jekyll & Hyde dates run from October 23rd-31st. For tickets, head to this location.

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Sebastian Bach Downplays His Ego

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach insisted in an interview with ChartAttack.com that his strong character is often perceived the wrong way. "Everyone thinks I have this insanely wild image," he said. "It's funny to me though. It's from stuff like the incident with George at MuchMusic [in which Bach walked out of the interview after Stroumboulopoulos lumped Skid Row into the same category as Poison], but to me I'm just a rock 'n' roller. I'm a lifer, but I'm not wild or hard to work with. 'He's got a big ego?' No way. I'm just trying to make shit I'm proud of."

Read the full article at ChartAttack.com.

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Twisted Sister's Dee Snider: I'm Not Sorry

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has responded to the recent statements that were made by SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan in response to Snider’s recent on-stage rant after Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger’s wife went into labor, forcing him to fly home and therefore making the band miss their July 9th date opening for TS in Gilford, NH. More...

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