Skid Row World Wide Tour 2004
Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark 30/3 2004
Review and Pictures By Anders
I saw L.A. Guns play earlier this year and now it's time for me to see
another American band, the famous Skid Row. Before they arrived in
Denmark they had been doing some shows in Norway and Sweden and this was
the last show in Scandinavia before they were going to head out in the
rest of Europe.
They are currently supporting their new album THICKSKIN from last
year. The line-up are also different from before. There are only three
original members left. The current line up is: Johnny Solinger - lead vocals, Phil Varone - drums, Rachel Bolan -
bass/b-vox, Scotti Hill - guitar/b-vox, and Snake - guitar/b-vox.
I've listened to THICKSKIN a lot and I think that
Johnny's doing a great job so my expectations were pretty high on what
they should deliver this Tuesday evening. The crowd also seemed to have
high expectations as the show was nearly sold out. Skid Row haven't been
in Europe for many years and last time I saw them was in the beginning
of the 90's with L.A. Guns as support.
This night they didn't let the crowd down. The band was very
energetic and they delivered about 90 minutes of pure magic. Last night
it was the whole band that made a show NOT Sebastian Bach and Skid Row
They played both new and old classics like "Piece of Me",
"Makin' a Mess", "18 and Life" and "Get the
Fuck Out". From the new album they did "Ghost", "New
Generation" and "Thick is the Skin". They also did two
versions of "I Remember You", both the original version and
the new one from the new album which is called "I Remember You Two". That one
is more of a punk thing than the original version. In the Ramones cover
"Psycho Therapy" Rachel took over the mic and did a brilliant
cover of the song. I personally think it's a bit sad to hear that song
because I liked The Ramones and now two of the members have passed away.
The set list was exactly the same as the show in Surrey, British
Columbia Canada which was reviewed by Lord of the Wasteland in Metal-Rules.com
except in order of appearance. (Lord
of the Wasteland's Review)
Johnny has a brilliant voice and he did the old songs his one way
and didn't try to imitate Mr. Bach. He also worked very hard to
get the crowd going and he and Rachel moved across the whole stage.
Scotti and Snake were more distant and mostly stood on each side and
played and occasionally they took a step or two across the small stage.
They didn't have many things on the stage just a back-drop so they could
move if they wanted to.
Johnny did quite a lot of talking between the songs and also invited
the audience to sing a long with him in "I Remember You" and
it was also some spontaneously singing a long amongst the crowd where I
was standing. But most of the people there didn't seem to know that the
band had a new album out and when the newer songs were played they just
stood and watched the band.
The guys seemed to have a really good time on stage and there were no
signs of any tiredness either. It looked liked they really enjoyed
meeting the Danish fans.
The only minor thing this evening was that they only did 5 songs from
the new album and the show felt more like a greatest hits show instead
of support for the new album. Nothing wrong with that but I would have
liked to hear some newer stuff as well. The sound this evening was also
as good as the band, not to high or low just perfect.
I can't wait for the summer when they come back to Scandinavia once
again as they are scheduled for a show at the Sweden Rock Festival in
Thanks to Mike the tour manager for the help at the concert.
Again NO thanks to the local security at Pumpehuset for their rude,
aggressive and brutal behavior towards me.
INTRO...Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
Slave to the Grind
Piece of Me
Making a Mess
18 and Life
I Remember You Two
the Fuck Out
Beat Yourself Blind
I Remember You
Thick is the Skin
Youth Gone Wild
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