SKID ROW – Scotti Hill discusses new album “Revolution Per Minute”, Johnny Solinger and changes in the music industry

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Interview by Marko Syrjala

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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 “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 the album was selling even better than the first. 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 before releasing the third album, SUBHUMAN RACE, and as a result, the band broke up in late 1995. Nothing was happening in Skid Row’s world until the year 2000 when the band announced their plans to reunite and go on tour as a support act for KISS. As a surprise for many, Sebastian Bach wasn’t in the lineup anymore. Skid Row’s new incarnation included Texas native vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone (ex -Saigon Kick) among originals; Snake, Scotti, and Rachel. That lineup released the 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. I met band guitarist Scotti Hill at the Sweden rock festival just prior band’s show in June. 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!!!

BACK IN SCANDINAVIA GROOVE

It’s been a while since you guys have been in Scandinavia. I remember when I saw you guys in Helsinki back in 1993 or 94 with LA Guns and Motley Crue in 1989. You also did some gigs in Sweden around 1995?

Yeah, I think even later than that, I think we came through with Def Leppard about five years ago?

I don’t know about that because I’m coming from Finland!

We didn’t get to Finland then, and I don’t think. I don’t remember dude! I don’t know where the hell I’ve been, man! I know there are a dressing room and a hotel and an airport. That’s all I fucking know! (Laughs) Bad memory!

Overall, being in Scandinavia, Finland, and Sweden, do you have any special memories? With Motley, that was your first tour outside the U.S, right?

Yeah, I think it was. It was our first European tour. I think it was six weeks maybe, from what I remember! Holy shit, fucking hanging with Motley Crue! That was awesome! Those guys had to cancel the “Girls Girls Girls” tour to go to rehab. They got out of rehab and finished the “Girls Girls Girls” tour with us. That was fun, man. I’m a fan, and we’re all fans of those guys!

You�re still a fan of them?

Yeah, dude, I’m always a fan! We toured with Kiss, and I’m out there watching every night. All the bands we tour with I would go out and watch.

Every night?

Hell yeah!

Skid Row 2007 !!!

REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE

You recently released a new studio album called REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE. How do you like that album by yourself? What I’ve read, that album has received quite mixed reviews?

People either hate it or love it, you know, one or the other. It’s not traditional Skid Row, and we took a different angle for the record approach. We didn’t want to do any ballads. We’ve fucking done that.  I�m not saying we won’t do them again, but we didn’t want any on that record. We wanted to make the record we felt like hearing.

You guys have always been fans of the Ramones?

That’s correct!

I would say that that album is the most “Ramones” album you have done because it’s a really punk and straight rock-oriented album. You can clearly hear their influence here. Do you agree with that?

Yeah, it’s a very straight-ahead rock album. Ramones, they always come through, man! They’re always on our shoulders! Let’s bust it out, Ramones style! (Laughs)

On the previous album, THICK SKIN, there were some elements from the past, the title track on that album could have been on SLAVE TO THE GRIND, but things are quite different with this new album?

I think that REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE is more of a straight-ahead rock record than THICKSKIN except for the song “You Lie”; it’s a country song!

It was a brave move from you to release a song like that in the Skid Row album!

I wouldn’t call it brave. If you don’t like it, Fuck off! Bring it back to the store and get your money back. I don’t give a shit. Personally, I’m not speaking for the band. I just do what feels good for me without thinking of what the public reaction will be. If they like it, they like it. I hope they do, but if they don’t, then so what. I like to play, man!

Speaking of this new Skid Row sound, did you change your style on purpose, or did it just happen?

It just happened that way. I mean, we get in a room and start playing, and whatever we wind up with at the end of the day, we don’t really try and say, except we don’t want any ballads, but we didn’t say that this is going to be a rock record or it�s gonna be a SLAVE TO THE GRIND type of record. Just go in and see what happens. And when we come out, that’s what we have, you know?

Veteran producer Michael Wagener now produced his first Skid Row album in fifteen years. How was it to work with him again after all these years?

That was great, man. It was like SLAVE TO THE GRIND was last year, you know? Like we never separated, we hadn’t worked with Michael for over 10 years, actually more than that. He’s just a lot of fun, relaxed environment in the studio. We laugh and have fun. It’s not serious.

And talk about the old days?

And talk about the old days! (Laughs) Hell yeah! For sure, man! He has a way of putting you at ease in the studio. Because sometimes the studio can be high pressure, you’re under the clock and shit, deadlines and all that. He just takes away all the pressure. It’s relaxed, like hanging out at a friend’s house playing music.

How did he like the final product?

I think he liked it a lot. I think he was happy with it. We mixed the record then listened to it, and he called us up and said he wanted to remix the whole record! He said he didn’t like it, how the mix had turned out. Well, if you want to, dude, go for it! And he remixed it and made it even better! He’s German, and he wants his German perfection.

I agree with that. The new album has a better sound than THICKSKIN had?

Yeah, it’s definitely better sounding, I think?

 

Skid Row doing a public press conference in Swedenrock 2007

THE EARLY DAYS

Speaking about the first Skid Row album, it sold millions of copies and made you really famous. You seemed to come from nothing and become huge overnight, but there must have been a lot of work in the background before you hit the big time?

Yeah, before you ever heard of us, we were busting our asses in the clubs and all that stuff. When we released that record, our success came very fast, so fast we didn’t know what the fuck was going on. It was like, wow, man! We are famous for what’s going on, and it’s just weird! But before that, even before Sebastian was in the band, we were writing songs and getting everything together. Trying to fine-tune the band, and that’s when we got rid of our old singer and got Sebastian. Then we bounced around for a couple of years doing the clubs; actually, it wasn’t that long. We were ready to be signed. We just needed that piece. The labels loved the music and the band, but we don’t love your singer!

Who was the original singer?

His name was Matt Fallon. If you look at the first record, he got a co-write on “Midnight Tornado,” the last song. Matt didn’t like coming to rehearsal anyway, so…

It was an easy thing for you to do?

It was easy. Once we started recording, we got our deal pretty quick. We went into the studio with Michael Wagener, and when that record came out, probably about four months after it was out, “18 And Life” hit, and it was a quick rise. It’s a scary thing, man because when you rise quickly, you tend to drop quickly, you know? But then I was just happy I didn’t have to work a regular job anymore! (laughs)

In the early days, how important was Jon Bon Jovi for Skid Row?

He was a very important part of us getting a record deal, and he helped us out, helped shop the band, gave us advice, all that stuff. Brought us on tour with him.

Why did he do that?

He and Snake grew up together; they are like best bros! He got paid for it to though. He’s a businessman for sure! I like him though, we�re friends. There are a lot of rumors out there, you know? There are many rumors about rifts and that we don’t get along, but he and Snake are still best friends.

After the first album, you went into a much heavier direction with SLAVE TO THE GRIND…

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 completely 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.

And it was quite a successful record too!

I like it, and it turned out really good.

Say something about the promo video SLAVE TO THE GRIND. It was also a little different compared to videos you had done before?

Again, we wanted to try and do something different. We try and keep evolving, even back then.

Rachel, Snake, Sebastian, Rob, and Scotti

SUBHUMAN RACE AND THE END OF AN ERA

What comes first in your mind when you think about your third album: SUBHUMAN RACE
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, and some people don’t pay attention to it. Personally, it brings back bad memories for me. There are some tracks on there that I think are really cool, but I don’t like the record’s overall sound. 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.

And at that time, grunge was killing Hard Rock!

It was just knocking on the door, man! Grunge broke during that tour, and between the bad blood in the band and poor ticket sales, it was destined to self-destruct.

How do you like Bob Rock’s production on that album? I would say that there are clearly some elements from grunge world as well on that album?

He tends to chase what’s happening. That whole thing for me is not a good thing. That record, as I said, brings back bad memories. 

There wasn’t any positive thing about SUBHUMAN RACE?

It wasn’t all miserable, but it was no SLAVE TO THE GRIND; that was a fun record to do.  It sounds like we were having fun. I think that SUBHUMAN RACE…that blue album cover says it all, man! Fucking blue! (Laughs)

But there are still a couple of good songs on it?

I like “Breaking Down,” I like “My Enemy,” I like errr,  “Beat Yourself Blind,” that’s cool, you know?

So it wasnï’t an awful album?

No, just more the memories, I think. I just associate it with a bad time.

Was it obvious, because there was bad blood between band members and the album didn’t sell as expected, that you would break up?

Everything combined, you know? It’s like, we don’t get along, and we’re not doing well as a band, so fuck it. Let�s go and do something that makes us happy! That’s where we were in the mid to late ’90s when we took our hiatus.

What memories do you have from the very last show on the SUBHUMAN RACE tour?

The last time we played with Sebastian was in Rio, and that was a good show. The show the day before was horrible. But the last show we did with the original lineup was really good.

Did everyone know that that it was going to be your last show together?

We didn’t know! We didn’t know that that was going to be the last show with the original lineup. We went home and took some time off and just never called each other! (laughs)

Snake and Scotti on stage in Swedenrock 2007

 

OZONE MONDAY AND ROB AFFUSO

Tell us something about the band Ozone Monday. The lineup consisted of: you, Snake, Rachel, Rob Affuso, Charlie Mills, and Shawn McCabe, which actually means that there were 4/5 original members of Skid Row in that band …

That was nothing like Skid Row. It doesn’t sound like Skid Row. I don’t want to say pop, but it’s not heavy music. It’s more experimentation in the studio, layering of guitars, and things like that. The shit is terrific! We never released any of it, but I went back and listened to it about a year ago, and that stuff is really fucking good; but I don’t think it will ever see the light of day, but it was a fun project! Snake had a studio in his house. We just went in there and decided to write some different sounding stuff and see what happens. It was fun, but it’s not where my heart is. My heart is in loud shit, you know!

Did you do any gigs with Ozone Monday?

Yeah, we did some gigs around New Jersey, nothing major, just played a couple of the clubs.

I can guess that all the people were screaming for Skid Row songs?

Pretty much, yeah (laughs). Play Skid Row! This is not Skid Row! This is Ozone Monday!

That was a pretty dark period of your history. I mean, there’s not too much info available from that period of your career?

I suppose it would seem like a dark period in all appearances, but after we split with Sebastian, I think we didn’t want to go there. We didn’t want to fuck with Skid Row. It wasn’t until a couple of years later, Snake and I were driving into New York, and he’s like, “I think we should put Skid Row together with a different singer?” I thought that was a good idea, and let’s do it, man! The whole world was like, “We want Sebastian!” but we don’t want Sebastian, so if you want him to go see him, that�s awesome, he puts on a good show, and he sings good and all that shit but not with us! Johnny’s the man! We love Johnny.

What other stuff did you do after Skid Row split up apart from Ozone Monday?

Dude, I’ll tell you what, I didn’t do shit, man! I hung out and rode my bicycle and played guitar, and recorded in my house. That was a couple of years where I didn’t want to do anything, music had changed, Grunge was popular, and I just kind of lost interest in the whole thing. I didn’t go out and do any shows for a long time.

Was it the same for the other guys?

Rachel had a couple of side projects; Rachel always has side projects! Very busy guy! Snake had his studio at home, and he was doing some production and his own recording and stuff. So the three of us hung out as friends but didn’t really do anything aside from the Ozone Monday project, which lasted about a year, maybe two, something like that. Once we got bored enough sitting at home, it was time to start the engine again!

How is your relationship with Rob Affuso now?

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 the same!

Is he still in the music business?

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

What is the reason he is not involved with Skid Row anymore?

When we started getting the band back together, his head was somewhere else, and 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.

Did you ever even think about asking him back?

No, because he was involved with the Ozone Monday project, and he had other business things going on and 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.

Do you know what other things he is doing apart from music?

He does the promotion and things like that, and he has a little horse farm in upstate New York. He loves his horses and all that stuff.

Rob Affuso behind his kit in the early ’90s

THE NEW BEGINNING

After the tour and your break up with Sebastian, the whole band split up for a while?

We didn’t do anything for about four years, nothing to do with Skid Row. That gave us enough time to clear our heads out and just regroup our brains. When we started doing it with Johnny in 2000, it felt good again because for a while there we were really popular we didn’t have fun man, there was so much tension in the band that it sucked! I was like; I didn’t want to do this at all! But Johnny brought new life back into it, a good breath of fresh air and a new point of view for the music.

How things went in the studio with your new lineup?

THICKSKIN was a very easy record to make. We did it at home, well, not at home but in New Jersey. Johnny was an excellent man. He pulled all his stuff really quick, no big problems in the studio. It was a fairly easy record to make. We had a good time doing the album.  It was different because we had our own studio that we did all our demos in. We did all the demos at Snake’s house. We recorded it 10 minutes from there! We got to go home every night, which we usually leave town to make a record, to get away from everyday life distractions. It’s tough to make a record at home; you know your dog shits on the floor, everyday distractions are not conducive to creativity. But in this case, we had the studio at Snake’s, and we would lock ourselves in there, write, rehearse record, and when we came out and went into the real studio, we were ready! We were in and out of there in a couple of weeks, and it was easy. I had a good time making that record.

Before the album was released, what kind of expectations did you have?

I never have any expectations, man! You just don’t know! You don’t know if they will throw money at you or rocks! You just don’t know! Once again, we can only do it the way we know how and hope people like it.

How it was in the beginning with Johnny. Were there many people in the audience who said they bought a Skid Row show who complained that it wasn’t the real Skid Row?

Oh yeah, there definitely were! We weren’t getting a lot of press, and people didn’t even know it wasn’t the original band. It was a bumpy road, in the beginning, especially the first 3 or 4 months of that KISS tour; it was somewhat bumpy! But it smoothed out, and people started to understand what was going on and were back to what we said before. There will always be people who don’t like it; that will happen to any band that replaces members.

Did you think about changing the band name when you reformed?

Naw, no. There was a Skid Row before Bach, and there was a Skid Row after Bach, you know?

And there was a Skid Row in the 70’s “laughs.”

Yeah! Gary Moore!

Did you ever get any legal problems because of Skid Row’s name?

We worked it out legally, and we paid for it!

Who owns the name now?

Snake and Rachel own the name. They are the two guys who came up with it. They came up with it in the car in the Garden State Parkway. They came up with the name. It was before I was even in the band. I joined in 1986.

Johnny, Scotti, Phil, Snake, and Rachel during “Thickskin”

 JOHNNY SOLINGER

How did Johnny Solinger first come into the picture?

When we started looking for singers, we auditioned some people and went through the normal process. A friend of ours sent us an email saying we might want to check this guy out in Dallas, Texas. We went to his website and listened to some MP3s and shit. Rachel called him up and asked him if he would like to audition. He said, “Of course!” He came up to New Jersey, and by the end of the first song, we all knew. We kept him around for a couple of days to make sure, but we knew right away that he was a good fit for us. Good singer. He’s a super cool dude, man!

He’s from Dallas, and the rest of you are originally New Yorkers. Was it hard for him to learn your culture and habits? I mean, it must not have been easy for him in the beginning?

Fuck everybody! (Laughs). Well there�s a little bit of a cultural difference, but for Johnny, I think the strangest thing was how we talk because we have accents. I don’t think we have thick accents, but still, he has that thick southern drawl, and we sound like we are from the North East. He used to make fun of us, saying we sound like the Sopranos! (laughs)

Is he living in New York now?

No, no. None of us live there anymore. We all moved out. I live in Florida. Rachel and Dave, the drummer they live in Atlanta. Johnny lives in Austin, Texas, and Snake lives in Los Angeles.

Johnny Solinger of Skid Row!

How do you take care of your rehearsals? There’s such a distance between you guys now?

It’s a long ride to rehearsal, man! We base the band in Atlanta now. We rehearse in Atlanta, we write in Atlanta, and do our demos in Atlanta. It’s an hour flight, and if I’m going up for a week, I’ll just drive up. It’s a seven-hour drive! I’ll stay for a week at Rachel’s house, get some work done. For the touring and shit, we don’t have to rehearse that much because we know the stuff by now, then when we write, we trade ideas over the internet and send files back and forth. Then we will hook up, plan a writing session, stay for a week and do some writing.

Before Johnny joined, did any of you guys know about Johnny’s old band Solinger?

Solinger? Not before we met him, no. They were regional in Texas and well known in the Dallas area, but only a regional thing. It wasn’t a national thing. I’m familiar with it now, his records and stuff. They’re good!

He said that after he joined Skid Row, his old CDs sold out! I told him that he should put out more CDs with stickers saying “featuring the lead singer of Skid Row,” “laughs.” 

Thatï’s right! That’s Right!

 

I have to say I really like Johnny�s voice and he fits perfectly in the band. Has anyone said for you that Johnny sounds a lot like Eddie Vedder?

You think so? Really? I’ve never heard that before! That’s not a bad thing!

The first time I heard THICKSKIN, I thought this guy sounds like Pearl Jam a lot!

Wow, really? I’ve never heard that before!

Well, now you have! (Laughs)

That’s cool!

There are still many fans of yours who don’t and never will accept Johnny. What do you have to say for those people?

I don’t have anything to say to them, don�t listen, man! Start your own band, get your own singer! This one ours; this is the one we are keeping! I don’t expect everyone to like it, and 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 back!” I would like to see Dave too but thatï’ not happening yet. I think that any band that replaces such an important band member goes through the same thing. But you know whatï’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, see him on Thursday and see us on Friday! Coz 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, and 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.

There are still people who want to see Bon Scott!

Yeah, I know. Good luck! (Laughs)

Skid Row in 2006

PHIL VARONE

There�s one more “problem childï” in Skid Row past, and he is called Phil Varone. How did he end up being in the band in the first place?

Well, Phil is an interesting guy. I like him. We had known him for years. Rachel had a side project with Phil called Prunella Scalesï, and when we needed a drummer, we had a guy filling in when we started the KISS tour, and it didn’t work out, and we needed a guy.  We had known Phil for years, and we knew he could play, and we invited him in. He hung around for a couple of years. Phil gets impatient and antsy and wants to move onto the next thing. So he decided it was time for him to take himself out of the picture, he quit.

Actually, if I remember right, he quit in the band, and then he came back for a while?

Well, he quit, and he came back to do some fill-in dates. He helped us out because we didn’t have a drummer, but we had to do a couple of shows. So he came back and played the shows. He’s a good guy, man! He just wanted to move on to other things. Cocaine and making movies and fucking chicks (laughs).

The advert for “Waking the dead” DVD!

A real rock star!

Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Did you see his movie WAKING THE DEAD?

No, have you seen it?

No, I lived it! I’ve seen it all!  I don’t think it was a good idea to do that movie.

Have any of the guys seen that movie?

I don’t think any of them have. Johnny may have. I’m not sure?

Speaking some more about Phil, do you know if he still plays drums?

He’s a stand-up comedian!

Really? Have you seen his shows?

No, but he’s a funny motherfucker dude! He’s a very, very funny guy. I used to tell him all the time, “Dude, you should do stand up, man!” and he’s doing it, and he’s doing pretty well too. He is a hilarious guy, so I think he will do well at it. He’ll probably do well at making porn movies, too (laughs). He’s made a few of those!

Are you serious here? “laughs?”

Well, no, homemade! Not the real thing. Don’t get that mixed up now!

 

Snake and Johnny

ROCKLAHOMA

I have a question about Rocklahomaï, the festival. Doesn’t it sound crazy that in this century we have that kind of festival in the States?

It’s a big deal over there, and there’s a big buzz going on. People are coming in from all over the country, and when I first heard about it, I was like, I don’t know if that’s cool or not. Apparently, it’s going to be a big deal. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun because I know everybody who’s playing, man! I’m going to have a good time.

You are going to meet lots of good friends from the past?

For sure and some enemies too. (laughs). I don�t even know how many bands are on?

I think it’s about 35 bands?

Jesus Christ!

There are some great names on the list!

And shitty names too! “laughs”

That festival is located in the middle of nowhere!

Yeah, that’s what I heard. It’s in the middle of nowhere!  And Oklahoma is fucking hot! In the summertime, it’s balls hot out there.

I also wonder what local people there really think when that kind of festival will be organized there… I mean, usually, there are country festivals and stuff like that, right?

Oh yeah! In there will be a lot of pickup trucks! White Trash! (laughs) No, really, they’re not as bad as everyone makes them sound! There are some bad rednecks, but for the most part, they keep to themselves. They don’t bother anybody, but I can understand that some are little aware of them.  I mean, even growing up in the New York area, I thought the same thing. Until I went there and I met these people. I remember we were in Oklahoma one night, and we went to a Steakhouse. We were at the hotel and all hungry, and we asked if there was a Steakhouse, and we got directions. We got a cab and went to this place which was down a dirt road. We pulled into the parking lot and were full of pickup trucks. We walked inside, and there were cowboy hats everywhere! It was a full-on redneck restaurant bar. Those people were so nice to us, man! They just looked different. They’re not all KKK; they are there too, but there are some good people in the South, but it’s a common misunderstanding. Even for me as a kid growing up in New York.

The Rocklahoma thing is exciting because the guy who’s organizing it said it might become an annual event in the future? With a band lineup like what they now have, that would have been impossible to do some years ago?

Yeah, well, you know what? A lot of kids in America are discovering the shit that we used to do. Do you know? A lot of teenagers. I’m not saying by any means that metal is popular in America, but some kids are beginning to discover it, and we are getting a new audience. The last time we played in LA, all the guys up front were dressed the same way we dressed 20 years ago! Fucking denim jackets and long hair; they’re 16 years old, man! They see the old pictures and get dressed up, and that’s how they look, man! Ten years ago, everybody had to have a flannel shirt and stuff like that. And you know what else, man? 15 years ago, it wasn’t cool to like what we do, and it was considered very uncool. Then Grunge came along and wiped the slate clean. I don’t think that was a bad thing man, I’m not going to name any names, but towards the end of the “hair metal” era, there was a lot of crap. It was one shitty record after another shitty record and another shitty band. Maybe that wasn�t a bad thing, to wipe the slate clean, and some great music came out of the Grunge era.  I’m a fan of some of those bands. But at that time you weren’t allowed to like it, it wasn’t cool. Even though at the back of the closet, you had a fringed jacket hanging up there! But you can’t tell anybody!

Speaking of music trends, it’s always the best bands from each genre will survive no matter which is trendy and not. There are still some of the best grunge-era bands still existing as well, and the list goes on and on…

I’m sure some of the grunge bands are still out there, but I can’t think of them. I think Metallica is the Led Zeppelin of our generation.

Metallica is over everything, and they can do whatever they want to!

It’s a big umbrella, man! It covers a lot of ground, from Poser Rock to Death Metal; it covers lot.

I have been wondering that because of grunge, many bands died, but by “coincidence,” many great bands lost their singers at the same time; Iron Maiden, Judas Priest Motley Crue, Anthrax, and more, that must have done some damage as well?

What does that tell you about singers? (Laughs)

I think that that was one of the reasons, you know what happened for Maiden, what happened for Motley Crue, I mean John Corabi was a great singer, and I don’t dislike Blaze either, not Bruce, but the album was still great.

With Iron Maiden, you are talking about two completely different styles of singers. I like both Iron Maidens singers.

How about Paul Di’Anno then?

Yeah! Paul Di’Anno, I love that shit, man. He’s still touring, isn’t he?

Yes.

What was the other one? Oh yeah, Motley Crue. Hey, John Corabi and Vince are completely different also. I think Vince has more of that Heavy Metal flash and pazazz, he�s a personality, and John Corabi is a great singer. You know, he’s maybe not a frontman. He’s a great guitar player and a great singer, but maybe he’s not frontman material?

John got that gig as a guitar player in a new version of RATT.

I love him, man. I think he’s awesome but maybe not the right fit for Motley Crue? I’m curious to see Ratt; I guess I’ll see them at Rocklahoma?

Are you two playing on the same day there?

I don’t know. I get my emails and flight information and just show up. I don’t know what the fuck is going on!

Ok, Scotti, our time is done now. Thank you very much for this fun interview!

No problem, man!

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