Skid Row was one of the last hard rock bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early ’90s. The band’s self titled debut album was released in 1989 and it included such classic chart topping songs as songs as “18 and Life”, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild”. Skid Row then consisted of; vocalist Sebastian Bach, guitarists Scotti Hill and Dave “Snake” Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan and drummer Rob Affuso – released their second album; SLAVE TO THE GRIND in 1991 and things were going even better then. They did their own headline tours across the world and album was selling even better than the first album, it went into number one in Billboard 200 list. But things started to change soon. There was a lot of bad blood between band members prior the release of third album SUBHUMAN RACE and as a result band broke up in late 1995. There was nothing happening in the world of Skid Row until the year 2000 when the band announced their plans to re-unite and go on tour as a support act for KISS. As a surprise for many, Sebastian Bach wasn’t in the line up anymore. The new incarnation of Skid Row included Texas native vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone (ex -Saigon Kick) among originals; Snake, Scotti and Rachel. That lineup released album THICKSKIN in 2003. Two years later Phil Varone was out and in 2006 band released their latest album REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE with new drummer Dave Gara on their ranks. Skid Row has gone through both good and difficult times but what’s most important, they’re here now and the show goes on. In June I met band guitarist Scotti Hill at the Swedenrock festival just prior bands show. Here are the results of our rather long discussion about the past and present of Skid Row, grunge, Rocklahoma, the state of hard rock in the U.S.A., among many other topics… read on!!!
Interview by Marko Syrjala
Transcription by Neil Batty