Skid Row Biography

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Skid Row is an American heavy metal band that formed in New Jersey in 1986. It was formed by guitarist Dave Sabo and bassist Rachel Bolan. Scotti Hill and Rob Affuso was later on added as guitarist and drummer, respectively. Matt Fallon briefly took on vocalist duties for the group but was eventually replaced by Sebastian Bach in the line up by early 1987.

The band started by playing in clubs around the Eastern United States. The band was able to secure a record deal with Atlantic Records with the help of friend Jon Bon Jovi. Their self titled debut album in 1989 became an instant success and went on to go five times platinum fueled by such hits like, "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild".

The band followed up their success by releasing a second album, Slave to the Grind, in 1990. The album debuted at number one in the US Charts and also became a big success. The band then went on to go on a worldwide tour for a year. The album was able to achieve two times platinum status. The band then went on to a four year hiatus.

Their third album came out in 1995. Subhuman Race did not achieve the huge successes of their previous albums but was able to chart in the Top 40. 1997 saw vocalist Bach being fired from the group and replaced by Sean McCabe. Skid Row also reformed in 1999 with its new lead vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Charlie Mills, who was also later on replaced by Phil Varone. The band opened for KISS’s farewell tour and has also played alongside other 80’s metal bands such as Poison.

The band released their fourth album, Thickskin in 2003. The release was followed by the departure of Varone from the band and was replaced by Dave Gara. Their most recent album was released on October of 2006 under SPV Records and is entitled Revolutions Per Minute. The band is currently still active and going on an overseas tour.