Skid Row Worked On New Material With Slipknot & Halestorm Members

Skid Row have been working on new material for the third installment in their “United World Rebellion” trilogy and it looks like the album will feature material the band wrote with Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger. Rachel Bolan confirmed the news during the below interview with Australia’s Heavy music magazine:

Bolan said the following:

“We’ve got a lot of really cool songs, man. It’s the first time in our career we’ve written with people that weren’t… just outside guys. We worked with friends; we went to friends first. Like Corey Taylor, who’s a good friend of ours. We [went], ‘Hey, let’s get together,’ ‘All right,’ and we wrote a really cool song. And the cool part is he’s a SKID ROW fan, and we are STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT fans. And then Lzzy [Hale] and Joe [Hottinger] from HALESTORM, we sat down with them and came up with some cool stuff. After all the laughter was done, because Joe Hottinger is one of the funniest people on the face of the earth, and it’s just really hard to concentrate when that guy is making you laugh. They are really fun, and those guys, three out of the four of them live down in Nashville and we’re always at each other’s houses for holidays and stuff. We’ve all become very close. And yeah, so we did that and came up with a few good songs, and it’s opened up a lot of doors in our mind, ’cause we always were, like, ‘No. We’re writing everything. That’s it. We’re doing it all.’ And I’m, like, ‘Let’s make this super special and just go with people that are friends. We’ve got a lot of friends that are really good songwriters. Let’s do it. Wherever it ends up, let’s just do it and see what happens.’ So that’s what we did.”

Bolan went on to say they also collaborated with Marti Frederiksen, who previously worked with Aerosmith, Def Leppard, etc.:

“[Marti] wrote with Damon Johnson from BROTHER CANE — ‘Got No Shame’, they wrote that song, which is one of my favorite rock songs. And we knew Marti, and we wrote some songs with him, and we respected the shit out of him.”

The upcoming album will be produced by Michael Wagener, and it is expected to be released in 2019. This will be the group’s first effort with singer ZP Theart (ex-DragonForce, etc.)

[via Blabbermouth]


Dave “Snake” Sabo On Failed Skid Row Reunion With Sebastian Bach: “Whatever It Was That Tore Us Apart Years Ago Still Existed”

Dave “Snake” Sabo recently guested on Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation” and discussed Skid Row’s failed reunion with Sebastian Bach. According to him, it didn’t work out due to the same things that “tore [them] apart years ago.”

Sabo said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“There was definitely dialogue that was going back and forth and there was talk. I think everybody was entertaining the idea. And I think, really, what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed.”

He also added:

“We got offered a lot of money. There was a lot of stuff that’s been said about what happened and tours being booked… That didn’t happen — tours were not booked. Any offers that came in came through to me and Rachel, ’cause it’s our band. So there was a good amount of money being offered. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again.”

He went to say money had nothing to do with the decision:

“It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than this is our band. This is not ego-driven, I promise you. It wasn’t about me making more money than you, or you making more … it wasn’t about that at all. I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [are still there].”

Sabo also said the following when Trunk talked about bands like Mötley Crüe that made touring work while using separate buses to avoid each other:

“Yeah, but they were miserable — they were all miserable. I guess I look at it differently. I really like my life, man. I really like being happy. I have great joy playing Skid Row music now. Not to say that I didn’t before, but in this moment in time, I’m extremely happy. My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they’re all awesome. And so, I’ve gotta say, yeah, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion and the monetary aspect of it is all well and good, but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I’m in. I just wanna be a good guy, I wanna be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good brother. The way that we existed towards the end, after Subhuman Race and when everything fell apart, it was misery for everybody — not just me; for everybody.”

He did say that he will “never say never,” but the chances are still “slim to none.” Despite this, he doesn’t mind Bach playing Skid Row music with his solo band:

“We had nine or ten years of history together that were pretty phenomenal from a success standpoint,” said the guitarist. “And we had a lot of good times — we did — but unfortunately, the bad times outweighed the good times and that’s why the band stopped in that form. But as far as going out there and doing Skid Row songs, he has every right to. He sang ’em. I’m honored, to be honest with you. Some people might look at it differently, but it doesn’t bother me. It helps keep our history alive. I’m cool with that.”

As far as the band’s current vocalist, former Dragonforce singer ZP Theart, Sabo said he is a “really easy fit” and that “he’s an excellent person — a really good guy.” He went on to say Theart “wanted to get in the trenches, he wants to work, and he respects the history of the band.”

Skid Row Announce March 2018 UK/Ireland Tour

Skid Row have announced a March 2018 UK/Ireland tour with Toseland. This run will include one special co-headlining date with Night Ranger at London Shepherds Bush Empire on March 11.

Tour Dates:

03/02 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
03/03 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight
03/05 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
03/06 – Inverness, Scotland – Iron Works
03/07 – Newcastle, England – O2 Academy
03/09 – Sheffield, England – Corporation
03/10 – Pwllheli, North Wales – Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival
03/11 – London, England – O2 Shepards Bush Empire (feat. Night Ranger)
03/12 – Hull, England – Welly
03/14 – Manchester, England – Academy 2
03/15 – Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff Uni Y Plas
03/16 – Liverpool, England – Hangar 34
03/17 – Coventry, England – Casbah
03/19 – Norwich, England – Waterfront
03/20 – Bristol, England – O2 Academy
03/21 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2
03/22 – Nottingham, England – Rock City

Sebastian Bach Dsicusses Failed Skid Row Reunion

Sebastian Bach recently guested on “Let There Be Talk” and offered some more insight into the failed Skid Row reunion. Interestingly, he said that the band actually had a whole tour planned with various festival dates, but in the end “it just didn’t happen.”

Bach said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“We were talking about putting a reunion [of the classic SKID ROW lineup] together, but we couldn’t even handle a group text. [Laughs]. It was, like, after a couple of texts… fucking just… misery. [Laughs] I’m, like, ‘Can we get in a fucking room? ‘No. That’s out of the question.'”

“How [did the reunion talks] start? I’m not gonna name names, ’cause Lord knows it’s enough of a mess. [Laughs] ‘Hey, we wanna talk about maybe getting back in the same room together. Let’s see if we can do this.’ [And I’m, like], ‘Right on! This is gonna be simple, man. This’ll be great.’ And then I’ll read on Blabbermouth the singer of DRAGONFORCE is the guy [they chose to sing for SKID ROW]. And then I’ll text, ‘What the fuck’s up, man? Really? What happened with this?’ [And they would be, like], ‘Oh, no, no, no.’ [And I said] ‘Well, then why [doesn’t] your manager call my manager?’ So then their manager won’t talk to me and they won’t talk to my guy. So what the fuck’s going on? And then there’s gigs booked… We had gigs — we had like a whole tour this summer at all those [festivals like] Rock On The Range. It was all gonna happen, but then it just didn’t happen. You would have to do an interview with those guys [to find out why].

“Another thing is, part of my sense of humor is, like, I’ll say something funny, that I think is funny, that they’ll take not funny. I mean, I could go into more detail, but I don’t know if I should.

“The last contact I had with ’em, they did a gig down in Texas, SKID ROW opening up for [’80s pop star] Tiffany. And I didn’t think it was true, ’cause somebody sent me a poster on Twitter. And I thought it was fake, ’cause it was ’80s night — Tiffany, Flavor Flav and SKID ROW, with the SKID ROW logo on there. I go, ‘This is not true.’ So I sent it to [‘That Metal Show’ co-host] Eddie Trunk. He goes, ‘That’s bullshit.’ So then I did a gig in [New] Jersey and this guy came up backstage. He goes, ‘Yeah, I’m Rachel’s [Bolan, SKID ROW bassist] best friend.’ I go, ‘Dude, please, can you ask him what the fuck is up with this?’ Then the next morning I woke up and it was, like, ‘You’re ripping me apart to my friends.’ And I go, ‘Dude, I’m just fucking asking a question? Is this true, is this not true? I’m not ripping anybody apart.’ I’m, like, ‘Are you guys opening for Tiffany?’ It’s a question that I could maybe ask, being [that] when people see the SKID ROW logo, most of them think I’m gonna be there. So maybe that’s something I could maybe address. That was the last contact I had with ’em. This is all happening at the time of the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion, where I’m jamming onstage with GUNS N’ ROSES. We could probably maybe do a gig with them — maybe. It could have possibly happened. But, again, that would require the completion of a group text, and that’s fucking way too crazy. [Laughs] Like, agreeing on a thread of a text. That’s impossible.”

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Skid Row Officially Welcome ZP Theart (Ex-Dragonforce) To The Band

It looks like Skid Row have officially welcomed ZP Theart (Ex-Dragonforce) to the band. Rachel Bolan made the announcement during the band’s January 14 show in Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada.


Bolan said the following:

“I wanna make this announcement finally formal. He’s been with us for a year, our new lead singer, ZP Theart. We’re going in the studio soon to make a new record. We love this guy. He just lives too far away. We’ve gotta get him to move to the States, but that’s coming down the road.”

Theart later added the following on his Facebook page:

“This bands music was the soundtrack to the largest part of my younger years and many a crazy adventure. Now I get the chance to re-live all of them for a hour and a half every night! I am beyond honoured to be given this opportunity. Think I’m a bit jealous of my actual self”

Skid Row Discuss Departure Of Tony Harnell

Yesterday, Tony Harnell (ex-TNT) revealed that he had quit Skid Row. The band has now issued a statement about the situation, which you can read below.


“To the Skid Row faithful,

As you may know, Tony Harnell quit the band yesterday. We found out about his decision the same way all of you did, via his post on social media. He had posted that he was no longer in the band before informing the band personally.

The last we spoke with Tony was on December 17. He was in the hospital being treated for ‘bronchitis with asthmatic symptoms.’ We were all very concerned and offered any assistance we could to help him get healthy. Due to his condition, we were forced to cancel our show in Chicago on December 19. The next time we heard anything was his post yesterday.

That being said, we are all moving forward and wish Tony the best in his future endeavors.

Lastly, amidst all of the rumors and speculation, there has been no talk of a reunion [with former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach] nor are we opening for Guns N’ Roses.

That’s it for now. We’ll keep you updated as best we can.

“Thanks for your support and understanding. See you in 2016!”