in 1986, Skid Row first began as a songwriting partnership between
Dave and Rachel. After a year of swapping coplementary song ideas,"
as Rachel put it, the guys put together Skid Row's final line
up in the fall of 1987.
For Scotti Hill, becoming a member of the rock band was inevitable.
Having jammed with Bolan in a previous band and also landing a
job at the Garden State Music store where Bolan has hanging out
made him perfect for the role as Skid Row's second riff thrasher.
Another Skid Row co-founder, Dave Sabo, who had been employed
by a Garden State Music store, was looking for the right people
to form a band. He was already in process of songwriting with
Rachel Bolan. Dave has been infuenced by Kiss and his guitar hero
was Ace Frehley. I went to the store with a bunch of dollar bills,
rolls of quarters and pennies, and I said 'I neead that Guitar.'
This spunky young pup picked up his new Ibanez Iceman, went home
and stood in front of the mirror for few hours each day, played
his nine chords, and saw Ace Frehley or Paul Stanley for a reflection.
Dave Sabo was soon learned how to write a song or ten, before
deciding it was time to set up his own band.
Rob Affuso and Dave knew each other from times before, it was
an easy choce as who would take the Skid's stool. Rob's heavy
banging talents are natural for Skid Row's non-bullshit edge.
Rob has been trying to get into the band by following Dave and
calling him constantly. Finally Rob came to the studio and jammed
on "Midnight Tornado". After, Rachel and Dave looked
at each other and asked him: "Do you want to be in the band?"
the rest of the band set, the quest for the ultimate frontman
had began. Nine months later, Sebastian Bach flew in from Toronto
after Skids sent him a tape. In the business, a match-up like
Sebastian Bach,a frontman with a talent, energy, balls bravado,
and, most importantly, chemistry. A front man who would breathe,
eat, sleep, and shit Skid Row! The business, and Skid Row is known
as SCORE! COUP! MIRACLE! Bands with attitude of Skid Row don´t
grow on trees, and neither do people like Baz!
in the Bahamas and raised in Peterborough, Canada before moving
to Toronto, Canada, Baz remembers with typical flair how the first
When he heard "Youth Gone Wild", he knew it had been
written for him to sing. They jelled as a band right away. It
was like missing pieces; they had been looking for each other.
We got along, and that was the important thing.
Row did their first gig together as a band, on Jan 1st, 1988 in
ROCK 'N ROLL HEAVEN, a small, no more exsisting rock club in Toronto,
That place had a Skid Row history in itself!
out" is an understatement. Ah c'mon, you all know just what
it did: five million in U.S sales, while international fever ran
high whenever the Skids hit another country. Top 10 singles, magazine
poll-winners, cover stars - - Skid Row took on the world and won.
Skid Row' 89" went quadruple platinum world-wide!
left them with the task of a follow-up album "Slave to The
Grind", the first album to debut at #1 in three years on
Billboard, is another example of their commitment and attitude
to the perfection of ballsy music. The band crancked out successful
jams such as, Monkey Business," QuickSand Jesus",Wasted
Time" and Slave to the grind", a song which speaks out
on the evil's of becoming a slave to the system. That song is
about being tired of everyday's life. If you allow your self to
be a slave to the system, then you're fucked. Slave to the grind
sold more than four million units world-wide and they headlined
in over 20 countries.
all 1989, opening for Bon Jovi in US then for Motley Crue in Europe,
Skid Row has proved that they werent another follow up rock band
but had their own sound. Skids sometimes took over Aerosmith's
shows so when Aerosmith would go on stage they'd get booed with
people yelling: Skid Row, Skid Row, Skid Row! Skids had killed
lots of bands they had opened for. Slave to the grind tour was
the longest tour in a history of Skid Row.
18 Fucking months of hotel rooms went just unbelievable great
for the guys!
Row had played all kinds of different festivals around the world
including two biggest ones, "DONINGTON" in 1992, opening
for Iron Maiden and Rio De Janeiro "Rock in Rio". Around
100.000 people had attended the show. Thats pretty much how many
fans Kiss had on their last make up date in Rio in 1983. Before
ending their 18 month world tour, Skids have played last 6 months
in USA with Pantera opening!
took about two years off to have some fun and to write their next
disk which is called Subhuman Race". That album is the best
CD in the history of homosapians!!! Subhuman Race" is a masterpiece
with different variety of styles and sounds. Sound ranges from
Pantera's to Kiss', from Alice In Chains' to even some hardcorish
Biohazard type of thing! White Zombie and Metallica riffs also
the Subhuman Race tour Skid Row were opeing for Van Halen U.S
dates and it went really great. Guys were playing outdoor amphitheatres,
and packing large clubs and smaller arenas on their days off.
We can say Metal in 1996 isn´t dead yet!
It will last a lot longer.
for the present of Skid Row, guys are working on a new CD which
will be hopefully be out by March. The band wants to get on tour
with Reunited Kiss as soon as possible, so if they get their guts
going, we may see them hitting the stage sometime in 1997. Sebastian
has been following the Kiss reunion tour all over the USA. He
has attended the Detroit Kick-off , four nights at the NY Madison
Square Gardens with the rest of the band and in his home town
to Subhuman for the Biography. ©Subhuman 1997