Skid Row Band, Slave To The Grind, Albums, Members, Skid Row, Discography and Sebastian Bach

Skid Row is an American heavy metal band that was formed in Toms River, New Jersey, U.S., in 1986. Following its first two albums, Skid Row (1989), and Slave to Grind (1991) which was certified multi-platinum, Skid Row achieved commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Slave to the Grind album reached number one on the Billboard 200.

Skid Row Band | The Band

Skid Row is an American heavy metal band that was formed in Toms River, New Jersey, U.S., in 1986. Following its first two albums, Skid Row (1989), and Slave to Grind (1991) which was certified multi-platinum, Skid Row achieved commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Slave to the Grind album reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Skid Row’s Subhuman Race, which is their third album of 1995, was also critically acclaimed, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessors. The Band’s line up during this period of success consisted of drummer Rob Affuso, Bolan, Sabo, Hill, and frontman Sebastian Bach. By the end of 1996, the band had sold 20 million albums worldwide. The current members include guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill, bassist Rachel Bolan, drummer Rob Hammersmith and vocalist ZP Theart.
Skid Row released Thickskin (2003) and Revolutions per Minute (2006) after replacing Bach with Johnny Solinger and Affuso with Phil Varone in 1999. The two albums however attracted mixed to negative reception. Skid Row announced that they had parted ways with Solinger who was replaced with former TNT singer Tony Harnell in April 2015. Harnell left the band after just after eight months. after spending a year as a touring member of the group, former DragonForce vocalist ZP Theart was named the official lead singer in January 2017.

Skid Row Slave To The Grind

Skid Row released their second studio album, Slave to the Grind, on June 11, 1991 via Atlantic Records. The album displayed harsher sound than its predecessor and lyrics that avoided hard rock cliches and was the first heavy metal album to chart at number one on the Billboard 200 in the Nielsen SoundScan era.
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Slave to the Grind sold 134,000 copies in its opening week and was certified 2× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1998 for shipping two million copies in the United States. The album’s five singles; Monkey Business, Slave to the Grind, In a Darkened Room, Wasted Time, and Quicksand Jesus, did not receive as much airplay as the singles from their previous record. The band opened for Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and as a headliner the following year, 1992, to promote the album.

Skid Row Albums

  • Skid Row, 1989.
  • Slave to the Grind, 1991.
  • Subhuman Race, 1995.
  • Thickskin, 2003.
  • Revolutions per Minute, 2006.

Skid Row Members

Current Members

  • Dave The Snake Sabo (original member) – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, 1986–1996, 1999–present.
  • Rachel Bolan (original member) – bass, backing vocals, 1986–1996, 1999–present.
  • Scotti Hill – lead guitar, backing vocals, 1987–1996, 1999–present.
  • Rob Hammersmith – drums, backing vocals, 2010–present.
  • ZP Theart – lead vocals, 2016–present.

Skid Row Skid Row

Skid Row is the name of Skid Row’s debut studio album released by Atlantic Records on January 24, 1989. Skid Row were noticed by manager Doc McGhee who signed them with Atlantic Records and began recording their debut. The album received favorable reviews upon its release. It was recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with producer Michael Wagener. The band mainly played as an opening act on worldwide tours by Bon Jovi and Aerosmith in 1989–1990 in order to promote Skid Row.
The album was certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1995 for shipping five million copies in the United States and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. Skid Row contained four singles: 18 and Life, I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild and Piece of Me, all of received heavy rotation on MTV and were accompanied by music videos. Skid Row became a regular feature in rock magazines and brought the group nationwide popularity as a direct result of the album’s commercial and critical success.

Skid Row Wasted Time Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You and I together in our lives
Sacred ties would never fray
Then why can I let myself tell lies
And watch you die every day?
I think back to the times
When dreams were what mattered
Tough-talking youth naivete[Pre-Chorus 1]
You said you’d never let me down
But the horse stampedes and rages
In the name of desperation
[Chorus]
Is it all just wasted time
Can you look at yourself
When you think of what you left behind?
Is it all just wasted time
Can you live with yourself
When you think of what you’ve left behind?
[Verse 2]
Paranoid delusions, they haunt you
Where’s my friend I used to know?
He’s all alone, he’s buried deep within a
Carcass searching for a soul
Can you feel me inside your heart as it’s bleeding?
Why can’t you believe you can be loved?
[Pre-Chorus 2]
I hear your scream in agony
And the horse stampedes and rages
In the name of desperation
[Chorus]
Is it all just wasted time
Can you look at yourself
When you think of what you left behind?
Is it all just wasted time
Can you live with yourself
When you think of what you’ve left behind
[Guitar Solo]
[Pre-Chorus 1]
Oh, you said you never let me down
But the horse stampedes and rages
In the name of desperation
[Chorus]
Is it all just wasted time
Can you look at yourself
When you think of what you left behind?
Is it all just wasted time
Can you live with yourself
When you think of what you’ve left behind?
[Outro]
The sun will rise again, the earth will turn to sand
Creation’s colors seem to fade to grey
And you’ll see the sickly hands of time will write your final rhyme
And end your memory
I never thought you’d let it get this far, boy
I never thought you’d let it get this far, boy, oh no
I never thought, I never thought you’d let it get this far, boy
I never thought, I never thought you’d let it get this far, boy

Skid Row Sebastian Bach | Singer

Sebastian Bach is the most popular frontman of Skid Row internationally. He was the lead singer of the band from 1987 to 1996. During his time the band consisted of Bolan, Sabo, Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and himself as the frontman. By the end of 1996 Skid Row had sold 20 million albums worldwide.

Skid Row Discography

Skid Row’s discography consists of 5 studio albums, 3 EPs, and 1 compilation album. The was most successful in the late eighties and early nineties when it’s first two albums with lead singer Sebastian Bach and drummer Rob Affuso were multi-platinum successes. The current line-up consists of ZP Theart (vocals), Dave “The Snake” Sabo, Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass) and Rob Hammersmith (drums). As of the end of 1996 the band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

Skid Row Interview

The traditional record company is no more.  I like how you are releasing music in batches.  Is that the way of the future for Skid Row?
Rachel: Over in Europe they call these mini-albums, and over here they call them EP’s.  Back in 2012 we were kicking around the idea of doing this.  I think Snake [Sabo] may have brought it up, I am not sure.  A few bands had done it, and it seemed like a cool way of doing things.  Logistically, it works out great, as we all live in different parts of the country.  It takes a lot to get together, as everyone has families and stuff.
It takes a lot of pressure off.  Instead of writing thirty songs, choosing ten and then riding on that for two years, we write ten and pick five.  We are doing it three years in a row. We are going to do three chapters for United World Rebellion.  It works out well.  In today’s world of ‘information overload’, it keeps things fresh.  It’s economically easier on Skid Row fans to throw down six, or seven bucks instead of throwing down fifteen, or twenty.  We really enjoy doing things this way.  It keeps it fresh and it keeps it fun, as we are out there pushing new records and we all stay very involved.
Are you recording this on the road, or do you still go into the studio?
Rachel: We still go into the studio.  We will throw ideas on our iPhones and we will start bouncing ideas off of each other.  It is pretty much the same way we used to do it, but instead of a Dictaphone we use our cell phones.  We like to be in the room with each other when we record, and we like to feed off of each other, and we like to make last minute changes on the fly.  It is just the way we like doing things.  We are not just in the back of a tour bus recording.  We like bringing in a whole bunch of guitars and finding what works for what song, and stuff like that.
All chapters make up an entire album.
Rachel: People ask me if this is a concept, and I would say that it is not but that it is a theme.  They will all go together.  Skid Row is a band that has always believed in standing up for themselves and believing in themselves.  United World Rebellion takes that attitude to a global level.
We have sectors popping up all over the world on Twitter.  Because of social media, our fans can all come together.  We will see a guy who is the sector leader in France and then another one will open up somewhere else.  We were in Spain and there were sector leaders from South America there.  They were hanging out with the sector leader from Spain.  It was really cool.  It really joins all of our fans together and gets all of the fans involved.  It really worked out well and we couldn’t be happier.
It’s kind of like what Zakk Wylde did with Black Label Society.
Rachel:  It is.  He has his chapters and we have our sectors.  It’s a pretty cool thing, you know.  I had mentioned calling a street team a ‘sector’ and I guess it went from there.  I am a race guy and I got the idea from watching Formula One, as they break the track up into sectors in terms of timing and scoring.  I just kind of put it out there and everyone latched onto it.  I didn’t think it would go as far as it has, and it is really cool how it has snowballed.
I saw something that read ‘Skid Row rises up’ when people are ready to push you aside.  Does all of this being of your own volition really fuel the fire?
Rachel: It really does.  Just to have control of everything… anything that comes out of Skid Row goes through Skid Row first, unless its bootlegs.  We design the shirts and we make our own merchandise—we don’t literally ‘make’ it, but we come up with the concepts.  Everything that is Skid Row belongs to us.
You sound as if you were going back to your roots this last time around…
Rachel: During the making of the first chapter, I am super proud of how it came out.  As cliché as it sounds, we were really trying to find our roots.  Our band has a twenty-five year history, and it is not as easy to retrace your steps after that long.  A year before we wrote Chapter One, I didn’t listen to anything new.  I just listened to the stuff that influenced me to write when we wrote the first few records.  I listened to Aerosmith and Kiss and the Ramones and AC/DC and the stuff that inspired me in the first place.  We did the same thing with Chapter Two, and we just ran with it.  I think we all stepped up.  Each EP, we put a little more of ourselves into.
Johnny [Solinger] sounds good on this latest batch of songs.   Vocally, this was good.  Not that I am saying he was not good before, but this time out he really did good. 
Rachel: He worked really hard, and I think it really translated onto ProTools [laughter].
You have five songs and then two remakes.  I think the five Skid Row songs have more of a traditional hard rock theme and less Rachel punk flavored stuff. 
Rachel: Snake and I were adamant to having this sound like Skid Row, and we wanted it to feel like Skid Row.  I think the closest thing to the punkiness is our version of “Sheer Heart Attack.”
 “We Are the Damned” could be on Youth Gone Wild.
Rachel: Everyone that I have done an interview with has said the same damn thing.  Let’s hope it does well at radio.
Radio is a hard thing to deal with these days. 
Rachel: We just hope for the best at this point because commercial radio is just not the same.  Satellite radio will play us.  Commercial radio is a different animal now.  The bands that get played are newer bands.  You have your media darling bands like Foo Fighters and I don’t mean that in a bad way, but you just know they will get their new song played. Five Finger Death Punch will get on there.  When you have bands that were influenced by bands from our era they get the door opened first. We hope for the best, and we hope we can get on there.

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