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Skid Row: Hair metal band kicks it at the Rialto theatre

Skid Row Live at the Rialto Theatre


The question conjured up is: Can a metal band that peaked in the late eighties and nineties still be relevant today? According to the diehard fans that filled the Rialto Theatre Thursday, May 8, 2014, the answer is a resounding “yes”!

Skid Row
© Mary F. Andrews
Skid Row
© M F Andrews

Skid Row is presently touring with Black Star Riders, aka Thin Lizzy. Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)—who’s hitting the road next month to start promoting their highly anticipated new seven-song EP, UNITED WORLD REBELLION — PART 2, which is set for release August 5 via Megaforce Records.

Skid Row was one of the last hair metal bands to hit mainstream before grunge took over in the early ‘90s. Their two albums (“Slave To The Grind” and “Subhuman Race”) were huge commercial successes. The core lineup broke up by 1996 due to personal differences and changing trends.

In mid-2000, Skid Row reformed with new singer Johnny Solinger and toured as the opening band for a Kiss farewell tour. They released “Thickskin” with Solinger in 2003 and “Revolutions Per Minute” in 2006. For more information on Skid Row, click here.

Their appearance on stage at the Rialto Theatre was met with a hero’s welcome. They roared at the start with “Let’s Go” from their EP “United World Rebellion Chapter One”. Next they go back in time to blast “Big Guns.” New tracks blended comfortably with the old songs and were delivered with Solinger’s hard-hitting vocals. He reminded the crowd that he could not believe he has been fronting the band for 14 years. The power ballad “I Remember You” was a highlight of the set. The crowd accepted the old with the new with a voracious hunger and sang along nonstop. For a complete set list, please click here.

The band finished the set with “Youth Gone Wild”. They got older, but Skid Row has never really grown up. Hopefully “United World Rebellion — Part 2” is still the “youth gone wild.”