Skid Row

BiografieThe Skid Row history started in 1986, when 22 year old guitarist Dave "the Snake" Sabo gave a demo tape to his friend and coworker Rachel Bolan. Rachel liked what he heard and they soon began writing songs together.

The guys developed a great partnership and soon decided to put a band together. Guitarist Scotti Hill, who had played with Rachel on previous occasions, and drummer Rob Affuso completed the base of the band.

Matt Fallon eventually joined the group and Skid Row was born. With a little help from Bon Jovi, the band was signed to Atlantic Records and recorded a demo which featured the songs, Midnight, 18 & Life, Youth Gone Wild, Rattlesnake Shake, Forever, Rescue You, and Walk with a Stranger. A short time later it was decided that Matt was not the right singer and had to go. The band began their search for a new singer.. the one person they were looking for with a Skid Row attitude.

In 1988, a friend of Snake´s saw a bunch of kids playing cover songs during a wedding party for famous rock and roll photographer, Mark Weiss, in Canada. He really liked the 19 year old singer Sebastian Bach, and suggested that the band check him out. The guys sent their demo tape to Sebastian and after listening to it, he flew to New Jersey for an audition. The chemistry was instant!

They spent the rest of 1988 rehearsing and eventually travelled to Wisconsin to record their first album with producer Michael Wagner.

"Skid Row" was released on January 25th 1989. With hits like, "18 & Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild". The record was a huge success worldwide!

To promote the record, the band went on a tour with Bon Jovi. In July 89, they sold out their first tour in Japan. And in August 89 they joined Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Ozzy Osbourne, Gorky Park, and the Scorpions to play at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. The concert was a huge success. Soon after, the band went on tour with Motley Crue.

In 1990, the band continued to tour in support of Aerosmith across the United States and recorded the Sex Pistols song "Holiday in the Sun" for the compilation "Stairway to Heaven / Highway to Hell". They also released their first home video, "Oh Say Can You Scream", with scenes from their tour around the world.

The band spent the remainder of 1990 and the beginning of 1991, writing and recording for their second album. "Slave To The Grind" was heavier than their first album, and made it´s debut at number one on the Billboard charts. It was the first hard rock album to ever debut at number one!

In support of Slave to the Grind, the band went on tour around the United States, Europe, and Australia with Guns N´ Roses. The tour included a show at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd which numbers reached over 80,000 people.

In January 1992, the band traveled to South America for the first time, performing two shows at the Hollywood Rock Festival in Brazil, playing for approx. 50,000 people each night.

The year 1992 proved to be a busy year for the band. They began their first headlining tour around the United States. Bands such as Pantera and Soundgarden supported them on stage. During the tour, the guys managed to record a five song EP titled, B-Side Ourselves. The day after it´s release, the guys headed to Milan to continue touring. They then traveled to South America and then to Europe. While in Europe, the band joined Iron Maiden at the Monsters Of Rock Festival and then headed back to Japan.

In 1993 the band took a break from touring and released two home videos: "No Frills Video", a compilation of videos from the Slave to the Grind and B-side Ourselves albums; and "Roadkill", with live footage, interviews and backstage scenes filmed during the Slave tour.

In the end of 1994, the band began writing new material for their third studio album, "Subhuman Race". The album was released in March of 1995. The band spent the entire year touring with Van Halen in the United States and then finished the tour with dates in Europe and Japan. In the end of 95 the guys released a live EP titled "Subhuman Beings On Tour", live songs recorded in the UK.

After so many years of touring, 1996 proved to be a bad year for the band. The guys decided to take a break from touring and writing to relax. They played their final show together in August of 1996 in South America. The band played in Argentina and Brazil and it became clearly evident that something had been lost. The brotherhood that could once be seen onstage was no longer there. In December, the band turned down an opening spot for KISS and this determined the break up of the band.

The Skid Row members started to dedicate themselves to side projects. Rachel Bolan put out a record with his band Prunella Scales. Scotti Hill formed his own side project, a band called Chrome Daddy. Rob Affuso started to work full time with his project Soul System Orchestra.

In 1997, Kelley Deal of the Breeders formed, The Last Hard Men and offered Sebastian a spot in the band. They released a cover of Alice Cooper´s song, "School´s Out" which can be found on the "SCREAM" movie soundtrack. And recently Sebastian made the demo CD available for purchase through his personal website.

In 1998, Sebastian formed, Sebastian Bach & Friends and went on a club tour throughout the United States. The band then traveled to Japan and recorded a live album of Skid Row songs which was released in 1999. The album also features five new songs.

The rest of the guys, Snake, Rachel, Scotti and Rob continued making music together in a new band, Ozone Monday which featured singer Shawn McCabe. Rob was replaced by Charlie Mills, an old friend of the band, in 1998. The band opened for KISS three times in the end of 98 and beginning of 1999 and in July of 1999, Ozone Monday opened for Motley Crue. On July 26th, 1999, Shawn McCabe quit Ozone Monday to join Mars Needs Women. This marked the end of Ozone Monday.

Rachel, Snake, Scotti and Charlie decided that it was time to bring SKID ROW back and began the search for a singer. The band auditoned several vocalists over a period of a few months and with the help of the internet, discovered Solinger, a band based in Texas. Rachel downloaded a couple MP3´s and decided to contact Johnny Solinger for an audition. The band was impressed with Johnny´s performance and in January 2000, he became the official lead singer for SKID ROW.

Just ONE WEEK later, the band was offered a spot on the KISS Farewell tour. The tour began in March of 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona and ended in October of the same year. In the middle of the tour Charlie Mills decided to leave the band. Rachel had joined creative forces with Phil Varone in Prunella Scales, so he was the obvious choice for Charlie´s replacement. Phil, formerly of Saigon Kick finished the KISS tour and became an official member of Skid Row.

In 2001, the guys embarked on a club tour in various parts of the United States. After the tour, the band returned to the studio to work on their upcoming album. The band released a new single, "Thick is the Skin" in April 2002.

Shortly after the single was released, the band announced they would join the Rock Never Stops tour and returned to the road in June 2002 in support of Jackyl, Vince Neil, and Tesla. The tour ended in September 2002 and the band returned to the studio to finish the much anticipated new album!

On December 7th, Skid Row launched their official website: The website features merchandise, tour informatio, interviews, links, etc.
Quelle: Seasons - 1998 (Best Of)

Subhuman Race - 1995

B-sides Ourselves - 1992

Slave To The Grind - 1991

Skid Row - 1989


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Band Termin Land / Ort / Location
SAXON, Skid Row
Bremen, Aladin
Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
Köln, Live Music Hall
Saarbrücken, Garage
Hamburg, Markthalle
Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt
A-Linz, Posthof
Stuttgart, LKA/Longhorn
CZ-Prag, Roxy
NL-Tilburg, O13
World Tour 2014
Skid Row
München, Backstage
Bochum, Matrix (Akustik)
Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
CH-Pratteln, Z7
F-Straßburg, Laiterie