SKID ROW GUITARIST DAVE SABO EXPLAINS WHY THE BAND’S REUNION, WITH SEBASTIAN BACH, NEVER TRANSPIRED

Skid Row guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius XM Trunk Nation. Sabo explained why a planned reunion, with former singer, Sebastian Bach, never materialized. Highlights from the interview appear below (courtesy of blabbermouth.net).

Discussing the potential reunion and why it never occurred:

“There was definitely dialog that was going back and forth and there was talk…I think everybody was entertaining the idea. And I think, really, what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed…We got offered a lot of money. There was a lot of stuff that’s been said about what happened and tours being booked… That didn’t happen — tours were not booked. Any offers that came in came through to me and Rachel, ’cause it’s our band. So there was a good amount of money being offered. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again.”

Explaining that money was not an issue:

“[It] had nothing to do with money. I’ll tell you straight up — no one was making was more than anybody else. That was one of the things that we said… Rachel and I and Scotti, we were, like, ‘This is easy from that perspective.’ I’m not gonna sit there and do it any other way. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than this is our band. This is not ego-driven, I promise you. It wasn’t about me making more money than you, or you making more… it wasn’t about that at all. I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there].”

On Motley Crue managing to tour despite the band members differences:

“Yeah, but they were miserable — they were all miserable. And see, that’s the thing, man… I don’t know… I guess I look at it differently. I really like my life, man. I really like being happy. I have great joy playing Skid Row music now. Not to say that I didn’t before, but in this moment in time, I’m extremely happy. My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they’re all awesome. And so, I’ve gotta say, yeah, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion, and the monetary aspect of it, is all well and good, but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I’m in…The way that we existed towards the end, after Subhuman Race and when everything fell apart, it was [a] misery for everybody — not just me; for everybody.”

On being proud of the band’s past:

“I’m so proud of everything that’s existed between 1986 and now. A lot of people, if they’re in a similar situation like we are — we have a new singer and new drummer we’ve had for a while — they tend to hide from their past and almost brush it aside. I embrace it. I’m so proud of what we created — the five original members. We had a period of nine, ten years that was… it was furious and crazy and awful and amazing and every adjective you can come up with, and it burned brightly. And then it died out. And sometimes that happens..And so for us, it was really… it wasn’t about money — never has been. Happiness has always been paramount to me…I love the fact that people care enough and have a history with the band that they would wanna see that exist again — I really do; I think it’s amazing, and I’m supremely flattered by that — I just can’t give it to ’em right now, and that’s just the way that it is.”

Explaining what happened with singer Tony Harnell (TNT):

“We had known each other — Rachel, Scotti and I had known Tony for a long time. Obviously, a great singer. Some things just aren’t meant to work… they just don’t work together. Knowing him before and then working with him..it really was two different things. A lot of conflict, a lot of butting heads, and it just… it never meshed, it was never right. We knew him for a long time, [but we] never worked with him — never worked in a band situation, in a band environment with him…And so if someone is gonna come in and work with us, we have a certain way that we do things, and that may not work for some people. It didn’t work for him. Look, [he’s] a talented guy; it just wasn’t right for us.”

Talking about new singer, ZP Theart:

“He’s from Dragonforce. I was always familiar with the band and their reputation. Their music was never in my wheelhouse, so to speak. Rachel had become really good friends with him, and when things fell apart with Tony… We had previously done shows in the U.K. where his band after Dragonforce [I Am I] had opened up for us. And I saw him, and he’s a great singer. But I never thought about him being with Skid Row. As soon as everything fell apart with Tony, Rachel was, like, ‘Let’s just give ZP a call.’ And I’m, like, ‘Okay. Cool.’ And so we did. And he flew in.”

Look, first of all, he’s an excellent person — a really good guy. Blue collar, hard worker, gets his hands dirty. If he sees the crew guys having a problem with one of the road cases, he’s over there helping ’em. He wants to get in the trenches, he wants to work. And he respects the history of the band. He doesn’t attempt to do something so different to shy away from what our catalog is. He came in knowing… he came in and auditioned and did, like, 15, 16 songs. He used to warm up to our stuff. He’s really, really well versed and familiar with it. So this has been a really, really easy fit, and it’s been a pleasure to be on stage with him.”

On Sebastian Bach singing many of Skid Row’s songs at his live shows:

“I’m cool with it…as far as going out there and doing Skid Row songs, he has every right to — he sang ’em. I’m honored, to be honest with you. Some people might look at it differently. It doesn’t bother me. It helps keep our history alive. I’m cool with that.”

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11/10: HEADED TO TX AND L.A.

Super quick update since I am running to catch a plane. In Brookshire TX tomorrow for Parr Fest. In L.A Monday-Wednesday for live radio shows and a TBA event. Guests from LA on Volume will be Lita Ford and Luke Spiller of The Struts. More TBA.

New podcast up now with Sammy Hagar.

Gotta run. Follow on Twitter for more. Have a good weekend.

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LYRIC VIDEO FOR RONNIE MONTROSE’S “COLOR BLIND,” FEATURING SAMMY HAGAR AND STEVE LUKATHER, POSTED ONLINE

An official lyric video for the song, Color Blind from Ronnie Montrose’s, 10X10, has been released. The song, featuring Sammy Hagar & Steve Lukather, can be viewed below.

Before his untimely death in 2012, renowned American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose began recording an ambitious passion project with bassist Ricky Phillips (Styx, Bad English) and drummer Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper). The idea was to record 10 songs with 10 different singers and call the album 10X10. Sadly, Montrose was unable to see the album through during his lifetime. Instead, Phillips made it his mission to finish the songs by enlisting a small army of Ronnie’s musician friends to record the vocals and the guitar solos for each song, completing the album in recent years.

The album was released on 29th through Rhino. Read more about the release, here.

In addition to 10X10Montrose (1973) and Paper Money (1974).

Ronnie Montrose 10X10 Track Listing:

1. Heavy Traffic Feat. Eric Martin & Dave Meniketti
2. Love Is An Art Feat. Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer
3. Color Blind Feat. Sammy Hagar & Steve Lukather
4. Still Singin’ With The Band Feat. Glenn Hughes, Phil Collen & Jimmy “Z” Zavala
5. Strong Enough Feat. Tommy Shaw
6. Any Minute Feat. Mark Farner & Ricky Phillips
7. The Kingdom’s Come Undone Feat. Ricky Phillips & Joe Bonamassa
8. One Good Reason Feat. Bruce Turgon & Brad Whitford
9. Head On Straight Feat. Davey Pattison & Marc Bonilla
10. I’m Not Lying Feat. Gregg Rolie, Tom Gimbel & Lawrence Gowan

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11/7: NEW APPEARANCES, HAGAR PODCAST COMING, NEW MUSIC, MORE

This weeks TrunkNation on SiriusXM Volume 106 off to a great start with John Petrucci on Monday and Snake Sabo in studio today. Hear these shows now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Live talking rock all week 2-4P ET, 9-11P replay on 106.

New podcast this week is my recent newsmaking interview with Sammy Hagar. Up this Thursday.

Thrilled to announce I’ll be hosting the Frontiers Holiday Party in Augora Hills CA 12/2 with LA Guns, Warrant, Jack Russell’s Great White & River Dogs. This will happen at Canyon Club. Hope to see you!

Headed to Houston for Parrfest this Saturday with Don Dokken and more in Brookshire TX. Then over to LA to do a special with Stone Temple Pilots for their relaunch. I’ll also be doing TrunkNation from LA next M-W live.

12/1 I am back in Tulsa at IDL Ballroom to host Lita Ford & Jack Russell’s Great White. I’ll also be doing my Volume show from the Hard Rock in Tulsa 12/1, 4,5,6 & 7. Guests will include Alter Bridge, who play Tulsa 12/6.

12/16 I am in Dallas to host the Metal Holiday show at Bomb Factory with Ace Frehley, LA Guns and more.

Lots going on, should be a great end to the year. Also I will soon be taking the poll on what year end shows to do for my theme specials on the FM show. Keep an eye on Twitter @EddieTrunk to vote.

Stuff I am liking out now or coming soon: Sons Of Apollo, White Wizzard, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, LA Guns, Europe.

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SAXON TO RELEASE “THUNDERBOLT” ON FEBRUARY 2ND, EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Saxon isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd through Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).

“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford

Three weeks later, the band will be embarking on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. Saxon will be joined by fellow English rockers Diamond Head and metal trio Rock Goddess will be performing on the scheduled UK dates, with very special guests Magnum on the UK Hull date only.

However, Saxon doesn’t stop there – dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018.

“Ok this is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way” says Byford.

Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, Saxon has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.

Thunderbolt Track Listing:

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

Thunderbolt will be available to pre-order on December 1st in the following formats:

– CD Album in Digipack
– 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
– A Special Edition Boxset
– Tape Cassette
– Digital Download

Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1:
February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage

March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

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OZZY OSBOURNE TO CELEBRATE FIVE DECADES OF PERFORMING WITH FAREWELL WORLD TOUR THAT WILL LAST INTO 2020

On his upcoming farewell world tour, Ozzy Osbourne–Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter–will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” OZZY says. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

The tour will begin in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for Ozzy solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to start on June 1st in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.

For these dates, Ozzy will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).

5/5 Mexico TBA
5/8 Santiago, Chile TBA
5/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina TBA
5/13 São Paulo, Brazil TBA
5/16 Curitiba, Brazil TBA
5/18 Belo Horizonte, Brazil TBA
5/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil TBA

6/1 Moscow, Russia Olympiisky
6/3 St. Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
6/6 Finland TBA
6/8 Solvesborg, Sweden* Sweden Rock Festival
6/10 Donington, UK* Download Festival
6/13 Prague, Czech Republic* Airport Letnany
6/15 Paris, France* Download Festival
6/17 Italy* TBA
6/20 Halden, Norway* Tons of Rock Festival
6/22 Copenhagen, Denmark* Copenhell Festival
6/24 Dessel, Belgium* Graspop Metal Meeting
6/26 Krakow, Poland* Impact Festival
6/28 Oberhausen, Germany* König-Pilsnet Arena
6/30 Madrid, Spain* Download Festival

7/2 Lisbon, Portugal Meo Arena

*Produced by Live Nation

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