Mon June 17th, 2002
Mon June 26th, 2000
Forty Seasons: The Best Of Skid Row (1998)
Subhuman Race (1995)
Slave To The Grind (1991)
Skid Row (1989)
Dave "Snake" Sabo (1986-Present), guitar
Scotti Hill (1986-Present), guitar/vocals
Rachel Bolan (1986-Present), bass
Rob Affuso (1986-Present), drums
Johnny Solinger (2000-Present), vocals
Seattle not only contributed Jimi Hendrix, Starbucks, and grunge to world culture, but the term "skid row." (For a brief time before they became Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Chris Novoselic and then-drummer Aaron Burckhard called themselves Skid Row.)

Like Rome, Seattle is a city built on several hills, and the downtown area is second only to San Francisco when it comes to treacherous slopes. The city began in 1852 as a logging settlement. Lumber was hauled down from the surrounding mountains and delivered to saw mills on Yesler Way along the waterfront. To get the logs down the steep city inclines, workers simply slid them down the cobblestone streets. The main thoroughfare was oiled to ensure easy gliding. Eventually it became known as "skid road." Much later, during the 1920s, its name having morphed into "skid row" the area became run down and was the domain of vagrants and the otherwise down-and-out.
Skid Row
In 1986 former Bon Jovi guitarist and bassist Rachel Bolan teamed up to form the beginnings of Skid Row. A year later they rounded out the lineup with second guitarist Scotti Hill, drummer Rob Affuso and charismatic frontman Sebastian Bach (b. Sebastian Bierk). After more than a year of regional gigging, Sabo took advantage of his friendly ties with Jon Bon Jovi to cultivate a label deal with Bon Jovi’s label, Mercury and in 1989 Skid Row’s self-titled debut hit the streets.

Skid Row was a multi-platinum smash, yielding the hit singles “18 And Life” and “I Remember You.” Over the next few years the quintet would build a devoted fan base and a bad boy reputation that put them in the same delinquent terrain as Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue. Skid Row reveled in the spotlight and saw its sophomore album not only debut at number one on the Billboard charts (a first for a metal act), but garner positive critical response. Yet success was marred by increasing personality conflicts within the band as well as some ugly public antics on the part of Bach.

An incident in which the singer allegedly threw a bottle into a concert crowd and injured a woman resulted in a law suit, and, more infamously, Bach drew virulent criticism after he was seen wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a parody of an insecticide ad slogan that read “AIDS Kills Fags Dead.”

The band weathered the repercussions of its misdeeds as well as the grunge explosion of the early ’90s. In 1995 Skid Row’s third album, Subhuman Race was released and quietly charted in the Top 40. But during the subsequent support tour, conflicts within the band proved too powerful and in 1996 Skid Row broke up. Bach briefly collaborated with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin as the short-lived Last Hard Men, then went on to play the title role in the Broadway production of Jeckyll and Hyde.

In 2000 Skid Row reformed with new singer Johnny Solinger and hit the road supporting KISS on its Farewell Tour.
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