You may use the term “[lastfm]Skid Row[/lastfm]” to lovingly refer to the disparaged area in downtown L.A. that harbors many of the city’s colorful characters, but at Jack’s Fifth Show there’s no need to worry about sketchy creatures when ‘80s metal band Skid Row takes the stage. Well, you might have to watch out for the intermittent drunken fan or ripened groupie getting’ in all the action.
Get ready to bust out your leather jackets and let down your hair for a headbangin’ good time as we take a trip down Skid Row.
Originally fronted by the charismatic [lastfm]Sebastian Bach[/lastfm], [lastfm]Skid Row[/lastfm] formed in Toms River, New Jersey by bassist [lastfm]Rachel Bolan[/lastfm] and guitarist [lastfm]Dave “The Snake” Sabo[/lastfm] in 1987. They later added guitarist [lastfm]Scotti Hill[/lastfm] and singer Sebastian Bach to lead the line up. The band blew up on the scene with the help of Sabo’s long-time friend and fellow New Jerseyan [lastfm]Jon Bon Jovi[/lastfm].
“18 and Life”
The group’s debut self-titled album released in 1989 garnered them instant success, selling 5-million copies accompanied with a world tour. Their breakout hits included “18 and Life” and “I Remember You.”
“I Remember You”
Although they sky rocketed to success with their debut album, not everyone were fans of Skid, which became all too apparent after what is now known as the “bottle incident” while opening for Aerosmith on tour. After being hit in the head with a bottle thrown from the crowd, Bach threw the bottle back into the sea of people hitting a girl, who wasn’t the thrower, then jumped off stage to pummel the instigator, which was all captured and released on Skid Row’s tour video Oh Say Can You Scream in 1990.
The group came out with their second album Slave To The Grind in 1992, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and made them the first ever, heavy metal band, to accomplish that feat. The band was bigger than ever at this time, with the album going multi-platinum – you don’t see that very often these days – followed by a massive world tour and even touring with the ultimate hard rock band, [lastfm]Guns N’ Roses[/lastfm].
“Youth Gone Wild”
After riding the success of their second album, the group began to experience mounting tension between members, forcing them to take a short hiatus in ‘93, but they reluctantly headed back to the studio to record their third album Subhuman Race in ’95. Despite their earlier successes, the album didn’t see the same popularity as their previous releases. They opened for Van Halen on tour, but with the decline in ‘80s hard rock and the take over of ‘90s grunge, the group was drowned by the mass of flannel and disbanded in ’96 after Bach was fired from the group.
“Can’t Stand the Heartache”
Fast-forward three years later to founding members Bolan, Sabo and Hill, who decided the band was far too good to just fade away into rock obscurity, so they rejoined forces but needed to find their new lead. Enter Texan [lastfm]Johnny Solinger[/lastfm] who was discovered through a mutual friend of the band’s. Sabo added that Solinger had a “great voice, great attitude and was clear on what the band was about.”
In 2000, the new line up of Skid Row had a huge resurgence when they opened for the tour of all tours – Kiss’s Farewell Tour. While on tour, the band was able to write new material for their comeback release, Thickskin, in 2003. This album created a new future for the band and helped them break out from obscurity.
Skid Row released their latest album Revolutions Per Minute in 2006 on SPV Records, which was produced by long-time friend Michael Wagner, who worked on their first two albums. The new line up of Skid Row continues to tour and play shows around the world and you can rock out to all their hits during their set at Jack’s Fifth Show.
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