SKID ROW SINGER ERIK GRÖNWALL DEPARTS THE BAND, IN ORDER TO PRESERVE HIS HEALTH

Skid Row has parted ways with Swedish singer Erik Grönwall. The band’s longtime friend Lzzy Hale of Halestorm will be taking over vocal duties for the upcoming scheduled four concerts.

Grönwall has decided that the travel and rigors of the road is not conducive to his overall health and recovery, and wants to focus on a lifestyle that is more amenable for his well-being, healing and family.

Skid Row said in a statement they are “proud of what they have created, and accomplished, with Erik over the past two years” and “wish nothing but the best to him and his health. To celebrate the last two years, the band will be releasing a live album that perfectly captures the moment of time in the band’s 35-plus-year history, to be announced soon.”

Erik said, “I got the opportunity to join this incredible band six months after my treatment against leukemia. And one month after that, I was on a world tour with Skid f**** Row. Wow! It was a dream come true. However, it proved challenging touring the world with an impaired immune system, which is a result of my bone marrow transplant.

I respect and understand that Skid Row is a touring band, but since I can’t prioritize my health being in the band, I have decided that it’s better for me to step aside.

I love SKID ROW, I have nothing but respect for the guys in the band but I love and respect my health more. I’m getting stronger and healthier every day, but after consulting my doctor, I need to allow myself more time to recover, which I can’t do as the lead singer of Skid Row. That’s why I have reached the tough decision to move on.

I want to thank the guys for this incredible opportunity. And I want to thank all the Skid Row fans who accepted me as the lead singer of this iconic band. Health first!”

Skid Row shows with Lzzy Hale on lead vocals:

May 17 – Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort – Carterville, IL
May 18 – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – Riverside, IA
May 31 – Nugget Casino Resort – Sparks, NV
June 1 – Hard Rock Live Sacramento – Wheatland, CA

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  • Real Paul Stanley on

    GRÖNWALL did a great job and I wish him well in recovery! Now, obviously and of course, EVERYONE AND THEIR MAMA will be clamoring for the band to reunite with Bach. @EddieTrunk you need to miraculously make this happen!! Get everyone in the same room and moderate until there’s an agreement. There is no reason on earth why these dudes can’t put aside their differences from decades ago, suck it up and just play some killer rock n roll! They’re all alive and well. I can’t see them selling out arenas on their own unless it’s some kind of huge stadium tour with several big name bands. Perhaps “Pantera,” Metallica and Skid Row can do a huge tour in summer 2025.


    • T on

      This is not a bad idea. If the band treats and pays him as an equal member, it seems possible. I’m sure Rob would want to play drums.


    • Dana on

      From all the information, that I have posted over the decades, I have gleaned, that the issue is NOT finances.

      Yes, that is usually the foremost reason, as to why bands decide to reunite or break up. However, all the remaining original members, especially Sabo and Bolan, have been consistently vocal, that they would rather earn less, and be happy, than the alternative.

      It is quite evident that they are being transparent, because by their own admission, there has been quite a few attempts, to reunite. It has not worked out, because the members could not agree, and the money wasn’t clearly enough, of an enticement.

      Let me preface, that before typing what I am about to write, I am a HUGE Sebastian Bach fan. In my humble opinion, especially in his youth (gone wild, sorry I couldn’t resist), that he was the consummate frontman. Not only does he have a great voice, but he was drop dead gorgeous, to boot.

      However, there must be something very polarizing about him, because his former bandmates keep passing on opportunities to reunite with hi, This, much to the chagrin of fans, and the potential, to earn more money.

      So, we can all keep putting that suggestion out to the universe, and even requesting that Eddie try to intervene, but if they have not softened on Bach by now, I am not sure, when they ever will.


    • Real Paul Stanley on

      Yes Dana you are correct. But we can always hope. He must’ve done something really really bad to one of them. Even GNR reunited. I’m wondering if he slept with one of their girlfriends or wives at some point. Outside of that or murder I’m not sure what could be so bad to not overcome.


    • Dana on

      RPS,

      I read his bio, and I don’t recall that he ever admitted to sleeping with a band member’s girlfriend, fiancée or wife. However, I did read the book when it came out in 2016, so it’s possible I forgot? Also, I don’t believe any of his former bandmates ever publicly stated that he crossed that line.

      I think the biggest issue maybe his ego?


  • Rattlehead on

    Wishing Gronwall the best with his health.

    As much as I respect Skid Row’s decision to not reunite with Bach for a “pay day”, maybe the band needs to reunite with him. The band hasn’t had the best of luck with vocalists since he was fired.


  • Mr. Rock And Roll on

    Me asking my fiancee, who dislikes hard rock and metal, to name a member of Skid Row. Her: Sebastian Bach. Me: Name another. Her:


    • Nathan on

      Hard to argue with this logic.


  • jeff weaver on

    If a reunion does happen Sebastian will have to settle down his ego and accept everything on the current bands terms and I really don’t see that happening. He will have to sign on as a “hired gun” with a slight but not near equal percentage of Everything and keep quiet about certain things he may be unhappy with. So no…


    • Real Paul Stanley on

      You’re probably right Jeff. But at this point, Bach should accept the terms and the pay if they would offer on their conditions. I bet a major sticking point would be Bach’s willingness to sing songs from albums he was not on. Honestly I can’t name one Skid Row song since he departed 30 years ago or however long it’s been with the only exception being the gangs all here because it’s recent and got a lot of advertising on sites like this one.


  • Ray Gillen on

    Seems to me that Sebastian has always wanted to be a equal member in the band and since he wasn’t a original member he wasn’t allowed the imput the other guys were. That was my perception over the years of this feud. Wasn’t the final straw with those guys when skid row was invited to go on the kiss reunion tour and snake didn’t want to go and sebastian did so sebastian booked the tour without the other guys consent ? Control issues are the biggest thing keeping this reunion from happening. They should get back together for a couple of festivals and see how it goes . I mean if Slash and Axl can coexist than anybody can . If nothing else it’ll give them a good payday and bring some closure .


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