Johnny Solinger (Ex-Skid Row) Passes Away

Johnny Solinger (ex-Skid Row) has sadly passed away at the age of 55. This news comes after the singer was recently diagnosed with liver failure. Skid Row commented:

“We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us. Much love, Rachel Bolan ZP Theart Snake Sabo Rob Hammersmith Scotti Hill”

Skid Row To Perform “Slave To The Grind” In Full During Corning, California Show

Skid Row will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Slave To The Grind” by performing it in full during their July 11 show at The Amphitheater at Rolling Hills Casino And Resort in Corning, CA. That concert will also feature Warrant (preforming “Cherry Pie” in full), Winger, and Autograph.

Johnny Solinger (Ex-Skid Row) Diagnosed With Liver Failure

Johnny Solinger (ex-Skid Row) has been diagnosed with liver failure. The singer revealed the sad news on Facebook.

Solon said the following:

“It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.

I am currently under at least seven different medications and I need to have my abdomen drained off fluid that gets accumulated every couple of days. I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well.

At the moment, I am looking into putting together some sort of fundraiser to help with the medical bills and with the palliative care I will need in the coming months. I am kindly asking those of you who could help put this together to step forward. I would not be asking you all this if I didn’t really need the help, but sadly this is where I’m at.

I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary. But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.

Love you all. I will post a link where you can donate very soon but I wanted to update you on my condition.”

Skid Row Sign With earMUSIC

Skid Row have signed a new deal with earMUSIC for their next album. The band commented:

“We are extremely excited to have signed with earMUSIC. Not only do we have an incredible team to work with, but we are label mates with iconic artists like Deep Purple and Alice Cooper. To say we are psyched is an understatement.”

Max Vaccaro, general manager at earMUSIC, added:

“We have been given the chance to listen to many songs in pre-production stage and we were completely impressed by the energy and the songwriting quality. Skid Row have reached great levels of success in the ’80s and the ’90s, but we are sure that they have all they need today to open a new chapter in their career and return to be one of the leading names in the hard rock world.”

Skid Row Planning “Slave To The Grind” 30th Anniversary Tour

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan revealed that the band are planning a “Slave To The Grind” 30th anniversary tour. He said the following:

“Next year, we have a world tour that’s scheduled. Hopefully it happens. We’re just seeing if this pandemic [subsides]. We’re not gonna put any of our fans in danger, we’re not gonna put ourselves in danger. But the plan for next year is a 30th-anniversary ‘Slave To The Grind’ tour. Like I said, a world tour is planned. We’ll do the album in its entirety, and then we’re gonna do a bunch of stuff to coincide with it. We’re pretty psyched, and the shows are booked. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything is gonna come to pass… It’ll be cool, to go out there and do ‘Slave To The Grind’ top to the bottom. That’ll be fun.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skid Row Sign Worldwide Administration Deal With Round Hill Music

Skid Row have announced their partnership with Round Hill Music. The band recently signed a worldwide administration deal with the company for their catalog.

Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss commented:

“SKID ROW is an incredibly powerful band that I first saw play as a 12-year-old, new to the world of live music, at The Ritz in New York City with Japanese rockers EZO opening up. It was an experience I will never forget. Then to get to know [guitarist] Snake [Dave Sabo] and [bassist] Rachel [Bolan] personally more recently, and to have them on our roster at Round Hill, I could not be more thrilled. We will do a great job representing their publishing.”

Sabo continued:

“The passion that Josh and everyone at Round Hill has shown towards SKID ROW and our music made this a no-brainer! Their enthusiasm is infectious and we couldn’t ask for a better partnership moving forward.”

Bolan added:

“I’m very happy to be working with Round Hill. And excited for what the future will bring.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skid Row Sign Worldwide Deal With Golden Robot Records

Skid Row have signed a new worldwide deal with Golden Robot Records and are planning to release the third part of their “United World Rebellion” trilogy later this year. The effort will be the band’s first with vocalist ZP Theart (ex-DragonForce).

Bassist Rachel Bolan commented:

“We are beyond excited to announce that we have signed with Golden Robot Records. The label is the perfect balance between old-school way of thinking with digital age sensibilities. We can think of no better company to release our third chapter of ‘United World Rebellion’ and our first record with ZP.”

Mark Alexander-Erber, Golden Robot Entertainment Group founder and president, added:

“We are honored to welcome Skid Row to the Golden Robot Records family they have always remained true to their fans with authenticity and passion. We are more than excited to be part of their next chapter and journey with a brand new album.”

As previously reported, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger helped write material for the new album.

Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition Of Skid Row’s Self-Titled Album Digitally Released

Rhino has digitally released a deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Skid Row’s self-titled album. The effort comes with a remastered version of the original album, as well as a bonus track titled “Forever” and a previously unreleased live performance from 1989.

“Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” Track Listing:

01. “Big Guns”
02. “Sweet Little Sister”
03. “Can’t Stand The Heartache”
04. “Piece Of Me”
05. “18 And Life”
06. “Rattlesnake Shake”
07. “Youth Gone Wild”
08. “Here I Am”
09. “Makin’ A Mess”
10. “I Remember You”
11. “Midnight/Tornado”
12. “Forever” (bonus track)

Live at the Marquee, Westminster, California (April 28, 1989):

01. “Makin’ A Mess”
02. “Piece Of Me”
03. “Big Guns”
04. “18 And Life”
05. “Sweet Little Sister”
06. “Rattlesnake Shake”
07. “I Remember You”
08. “Here I Am”
09. “Youth Gone Wild”
10. “Cold Gin” (KISS cover)

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.”