SKID ROW BASSIST RACHEL BOLAN DISCUSSES SPECULATION THAT HE IS THE REASON THE BAND HAS NOT REUNITED WITH SINGER SEBASTIAN BACH, NOR DRUMMER ROB AFFUSO, “I LOVE THE FACT THAT THEY THINK I WIELD THAT KIND OF POWER”
Skid Row bassist, Rachel Bolan, was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Highlights from the discussion appear below [via blabbermouth.net]
Discussing the band’s tour plans, Bolan said, “Next year, we have a world tour that’s scheduled. Hopefully it happens. We’re just seeing if this pandemic [subsides]. We’re not gonna put any of our fans in danger, we’re not gonna put ourselves in danger. But the plan for next year is a 30th-anniversary Slave To The Grind tour. Like I said, a world tour is planned. We’ll do the album in its entirety, and then we’re gonna do a bunch of stuff to coincide with it. We’re pretty psyched, and the shows are booked. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything is gonna come to pass… It’ll be cool, to go out there and do Slave To The Grind top to the bottom. That’ll be fun.”
He explains why the band did not celebrate the 30th anniversary of their self titled, debut release, by stating, “the timing didn’t really work out. We had so much other stuff planned, and then all of a sudden, boom, it was here. Maybe down the road [we’ll celebrate it]. Maybe [for the] 40th [anniversary]. [Laughs]”
Bolan also addressed the constant speculation, that he is main reason the band has not reunited with either singer Sebastian Bach, nor drummer Rob Affuso. The bassist explains, “Well, it’s not just me, obviously I love the fact that they think I wield that kind of power. [Laughs] We’re happy with what we’re doing, man. And just talking about it gets so old. It’s, like, all right, I get it. However, this is Skid Row. So enjoy us or forget about us. That’s where we’re at. We’re putting together a new record, we’re writing new songs, and Zee [current singer ZP Theart] is the man, and Rob Hammersmith is our drummer, and he kicks ass. So, I don’t know what to tell people. At this point, it just gets so old where you can probably hear my eyes rolling. And that’s the way it is… We’re going out. This is Skid Row. We’re gonna play a Skid Row record and celebrate the anniversary of it.”
In related news, Skid Row recently announced that they have signed with Round Hill Music.
I know the current version of Skid Row is 3/5 of the classic lineup, but I just feel that Sebastian Bach, as a solo artist, is more Skid Row than the current version of Skid Row….
I can understand where there may be some hesitance bringing Sebastian back due to his at times overbearing personality, bit I’ve never heard why Rob Affuso is not included in the current band.
A while ago, didn’t Affuso accept Bach’s invite to perform together at one of Bach’s solo gigs?? Maybe that’s why Affuso is on Skid Row’s S- List.
He did, it was at the NYC show date that I supposed to go to…
Dana, was that at the Beacon Theatre opening for Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister in 2003? I remember Rob coming out and doing “I Remember You” with Bach.
No, I was referring to Baz’s 30th anniversary tour for the bands debut album. I thought Affuso came to the New York show…hold on….Yes, I was correct, this is the show, I was supposed to attend.
SEBASTIAN BACH REUNITES WITH ORIGINAL SKID ROW DRUMMER ROB AFFUSO LIVE ON STAGE; FAN-FILMED VIDEO: http://bravewords.com/news/sebastian-bach-reunites-with-original-skid-row-drummer-rob-affuso-live-on-stage-fan-filmed-video
I don’t really have a horse in this race other than the fact that it’s voyeuristic fun to watch an irrelevant band talk about the non-possibility of a reunion as if they were Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. That said, it seems utterly ridiculous that Bolan/Sabo can’t – after almost 40 years – accept the fact that the most enduring aspect of Skid Row was their lead singer. As obnoxious and demanding and selfish as Bach may be, HE is the one that even non-Skid Row fans remember. Ask the average person who Rachel Bolan is and they’ll almost definitely respond, “Who is she?”
But if they want to deny the undeniable and continue on as part-time musicians playing clubs and niche European festivals, I guess that’s their prerogative. I guess there is something noble and respectable about them sticking to their self-defeating principles…
Saw them open up with Ted Nugent, for Kiss on the first farewell tour, was just not the same without Bach, and I had an open mind about it.