Skid Row 08/06/2003 • HI-FI Buys - Atlanta, GA - USA

Skid Row 08/06/2003 • HI-FI Buys - Atlanta, GA - USA

Barbara Fara
MusicIncider Magazine

Skid Row is: Johnny Solinger, vocals. Rachel Bolan, bass. Scotti Hill, guitar. Phil Varone, drums. Dave ‘The Snake’ Sabo, guitar.
This isn’t the same Skid Row you are going to remember from the days you were singing fucking 18 and Life at the top of your lungs. This is Skid Row for 2003, and oh my god what a fucking set they put on! The new lead singer, Johnny Solinger, can carry Sebastian Bach’s range on 18 and Life without skipping a beat-but on stage he OWNED that fucking song and the crowd that broke through rush hour traffic in Atlanta to see it. –Yes, it was a small crowd because it was such a mother fucking early start time for a show, but that left more Skid Row for the rest of us. –Solinger ripped the hearts out of everyone when he walked around the audience singing and slapping hands with everybody. Talk about a fucking brilliant pure metal moment when he broke into the box seats at the HI-FI Buys and stood up on the bar, singing, and faced the stage. –And this motherfucker can sing!! He has a voice that can compare to the likes of Axl Rose, Sebastian Bach, and Chris Cornell. I was relieved that nobody has made him grow his hair down to his ass and die it blond either. It makes me have faith in the fucking metal community that we aren’t looking for replacements-just singers. –Phil Varone on drums made me forget all about Charlie Mills for a minute. He is a fucking natural behind the kit for Skid Row. This little Libra (October 15th) is fucking cut. I love a drummer with a six pack. He has a kick ass stage presence for a drummer-and that is something that seems to be missing from fucking drummers lately. So he is a breath of fresh fucking air. –Rachel Bolan. What a fucking bassist! Rachel is a founding member of Skid Row and has lived in Atlanta for two years. I had no fucking clue that he could sing like Johnny Rotten either, but I have never thought twice about comparing him to Sid Vicious-the only member of the Sex Pistols that could actually PLAY an instrument. I only have one question for him about the show-wasn’t it fucking HOT in that knit cap? -Scotti Hill became a guitarist for Skid Row back in 1986, and I love him. He is a crazy fucker on stage. He reminds me of my one of my all time favorites-Stevie Ray Vaughn. –Snake. Everybody should love fucking Snake.

He is a classic metal guitar player that has never gotten the respect or recognition that he deserves. People should be talking about Snake like they talk about Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. Snake played on the Anthrax tour in 2000. Snake played on the Ace Frehley tribute album that came out in 1996. It was Snake and Rachel Bolan that founded Skid Row –don’t get me wrong I love Sebastian Bach, but they found him. Without Snake and Rachel, there would have NEVER been a Skid Row. Without Snake and Rachel, you would never have been able to sing along to I Remember You and cry like a fucking baby. –The punk rendition of I Remember You doesn’t suck…it is really fucking good.

No, this is not the same Skid Row. It is an EVOLVED Skid Row. It is a Skid Row for 2003, not 1986. This is truly a great band, and it blew me away to see the changes blended in with the old shit. This is a band that would have truly been excellent at Ozzfest or Lollapalooza. –So why wasn’t Skid Row invited to join EITHER of those tours? -Skid Row blew the little crowd at the HI-FI Buys away. I don’t think anyone expected them to be so FUCKING EXCELLENT. Skid Row put on one of the best shows that came to Atlanta that most people didn’t see because everybody is looking for Sebastian Bach. Skid Row doesn’t need Sebastian Bach anymore, they have Johnny Solinger. If Johnny needs a sick day-Rachel Bolan can sing punk tunes to me all fucking day long. –So yes, if you have the opportunity to catch Skid Row in a town near you do it. Don’t fuck this one up.

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