Per Erik, Magnus Grönwall is a Swedish hard rock and heavy metal singer. In 2009, he won the Swedish Idol reality television. During several of the shows, he received standing ovations from the jury for his performances. After only three days, his first single, “Higher,” sold gold on digital downloads. His debut album, self-titled “Erik Grönwall,” was released just ten days after the finals, debuted at number one on the Swedish albums chart, and was certified platinum. In 2012, Grönwall joined rock band H.E.A.T as lead singer. Altogether as a solo artist and band member, Grönwall has numerous top 40 hits. In 2018, he portrayed Simon Zealotes in the NBC live television concert production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which he received a Grammy nomination for in the Best Musical Theater Album category. He left H.E.A.T in 2020 after four albums with the band.
Skid Row is an American rock band formed in 1986 in New Jersey. Their current lineup comprises bassist Rachel Bolan, guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill, drummer Rob Hammersmith, and vocalist Erik Grönwall. The group achieved commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with its first two albums, “Skid Row” (1989) and “Slave to the Grind” (1991), certified multi-platinum, the latter of which reached number one on the Billboard 200. Those two albums also produced some of Skid Row’s most popular hits, both in and outside of the United States, including “18 and Life” and “I Remember You,” which peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and other charting singles such as “Youth Gone Wild,” “Monkey Business,” “Slave to the Grind,” “Wasted Time,” and “In a Darkened Room.” The band’s third album, “Subhuman Race” (1995), was also critically acclaimed but failed to repeat the success of its predecessors. The band consisted of Bolan, Sabo, Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and frontman Sebastian Bach during this period. The band had sold 20 million albums worldwide by the end of 1996. Amid rising tensions, Bach and Affuso both left Skid Row towards the end of that year, after which the band entered a three-year hiatus.
Skid Row re-formed in 1999 with new lead vocalist Johnny Solinger. The band released two full-length albums, “Thickskin” (2003) and “Revolutions Per Minute” (2006). In 2013 the band stated that the new material would be released as three separate EP’s. The first chapter, “United World Rebellion: Chapter One,” was released in April 2013. The second chapter of the trilogy titled “Rise of the Damnation Army” saw the light in February 2015. In April of 2015, Solinger was fired from the band, and on the same day, it was announced that Tony Harnell, formerly of the Norwegian melodic metal band TNT. Harnell left the band in December of 2016, and former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart officially joined the bands’ ranks officially in January 2017. In March 2018, it was revealed the band’s next release for the “United World Rebellion” trilogy would now be a full-length album and would be released sometime in 2019. In a February 2022 interview with The Music Universe, guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo confirmed that the band’s sixth studio album is expected to be released on September 16 and added its single will be released “around the second, third week of March of 2022.”
Listen to Erik Grönwalls version of the iconic “18 & Life.”