Skid Row played a sold out show at the Sellersville Theater last night, July 22 2014. It's a show the band will never forget all because of one fan. We'll get to her in a bit.
First on the bill were openers Sakara who played a decent set that lasted about 30 minutes. Most people were not familiar with the band or their music, but that did not stop most of them from watching the show. The band members have stage presence as opposed to having a member stand in one place and drone on. These guys all rocked and hopefully a few in the crowd picked up their new CD Forgetting What Was.
When Skid Row took the stage at about 9:00 p.m. they took it by storm. The band brought out most of their hits such as "Big Guns" and "18 and Life" . During this song Johnny Solinger , took a stroll about a quarter of the way into the audience and belted out the song, as fans surrounded him and sang along. Band members would go towards the edge of the stage and then pose for photos with fans or in some cases, let the fans play their instruments.
Skid Row is on tour in support of their new EP titled Rise of the Damnation Army, which comes out on August 5. The band played the title track from the EP which has some covers done Skid Row style. "Sheer Heart Attack "and "Rats in the Cellar" . While neither of those songs were played, they did pull out "Surrender" from Cheap Trick and "Psycho Therapy" from the Ramones. The show was on a Tuesday night and it was sold out. The Sellersville Theater holds about 350 people.
The band members are all from around here and used to go see other bands and they formed other bands that played clubs such as the Empire Rock Club or The Galaxy,back in the day. Thankfully, they had the good sense to form a band. frequently they would thank the fans for supporting them and coming out to see them. Then Dave Snake Sabo saw a matronly lady in the front row, sitting with her hair in a bun. She was wearing about three pounds of bracelets and she was headbanging to the music. Snake then left the stage, kissed her hand ,which surprised her. The woman then said "I like the drummer". Those down front were in tears from laughing .
After the show, drummer Rob Hammersmith gave her the sticks he used for the show. More people came to meet this fan after the show ,than were there to meet the band. Suffice it to say everyone from this woman to the other 349 people came expecting something and Skid Row delivered it.
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