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Skid Row

Skid Row was formed in New Jersey in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave "the Snake" Sabo. The pair added guitarist ScottiHill, drummer Rob Affuso, and vocalist Sebastian Bach to the lineup by early 1987. The band began playing shows in clubs throughouteastern United States.With the assistance of friend Jon Bon Jovi, Sabo secured a record deal for Skid Row with Mercury. In 1989, the band released their firstalbum, Skid Row, which was an instant success. The record went multi-platinum and produced the hit singles "18 and Life", "IRemember You", and "Youth Gone Wild.. ...read more

Skid Row was formed in New Jersey in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave "the Snake" Sabo. The pair added guitarist ScottiHill, drummer Rob Affuso, and vocalist Sebastian Bach to the lineup by early 1987. The band began playing shows in clubs throughouteastern United States.With the assistance of friend Jon Bon Jovi, Sabo secured a record deal for Skid Row with Mercury. In 1989, the band released their firstalbum, Skid Row, which was an instant success. The record went multi-platinum and produced the hit singles "18 and Life", "IRemember You", and "Youth Gone Wild..

Ironically, Bach's flamboyance and wild behavior, which played a critical role in helping to give the band its profile, also led to its ultimatedownfall. The band is best known for the antics of Bach (motto: "If you think, you stink"), who tended to have "incidents" brought on by hisloud, in-your-face attitude.

In what is referred to as "The Bottle Incident" by fans of the band, Bach was arrested and tried on charges of assault and battery for jumpinginto the crowd at a concert in Springfield, Massachusetts where Skid Row was opening for Aerosmith on December 27, 1989. Bach claimedhe had been hit with the bottle, thrown onstage from the crowd, which is why he pursued the person he saw throw it. After the fight, Bachreturned to the stage to finish the show, antagonizing the crowd all the while. The incident was captured on video and can be seen on a tourvideo released by Skid Row called Oh Say Can You Scream? in 1990.

Shortly thereafter, Bach wore a t-shirt proclaiming the anti-gay slogan "AIDS Kills Fags Dead" in a magazine photo shoot. He first jokedabout it on MTV, then later apologized.Skid Row's sophomore effort, Slave to the Grind (1991), was the first metal album to debut at Number 1 in the American charts,despite the bad publicity generated by Bach. The album quickly disappeared from the charts, however, and the band's following album]Subhuman Race (1995) performed poorly.

Eventually, Bach's brashness grew to be too much for his bandmates, and the remaining members went on to play briefly in a band calledOzone Monday.

Skid Row reformed in the late 1990s with new vocalist Johnny Solinger, formerly of Solinger, and new drummer Phil Varone, formerly ofSaigon Kick. Original drummer Rob Affuso had other commitments that prevented him from staying in the band at the time, but he remainsfriends with Bolan, Sabo and Hill. After reforming, they opened for KISS on their farewell tour, and have also played with other 1980s metalbands such as Poison. However, they have been on tour every summer. In 2002 they were part of the Rock Never Stops Tour.

Skid Row finally released their fourth album Thickskin in 2003 which is their first album to feature Solinger (as Bach's replacement)and Varone (as Affuso's replacement). It marks their first album with original material since 1995's Subhuman Race. After the releaseof the album Varone left the band and has been replaced by current drummer Dave Gara. Their next album, Revolutions Per Minutefollowed in 2006 and was produced by Michael Wagener, who produced two of their critically acclaimed albums Skid Row and Slave tothe Grind. « hide

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LPs
Revolutions Per Minute
2006

1.9
44 Votes
Thickskin
2003

2.5
45 Votes
Subhuman Race
1995

3.3
112 Votes
Slave to the Grind
1991

4.1
296 Votes
Skid Row
1989

3.8
317 Votes
EPs
United World Rebellion: Chapter One
04/16/2013

2.8
4 Votes
B-Side Ourselves
1992

3.3
34 Votes
Live Albums
Subhuman Beings On Tour
1996

2.9
7 Votes
Compilations
40 Seasons
1998

3.9
39 Votes

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