SKID ROW (1989–PRESENT). Sebastian Bach (vocals, replaced by Sean McCabe, Johnny Solinger), Dave “the Snake” Sabo (guitar), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Rob Affuso (drums).
One of the more ubiquitous of the glam metal bans of the late eighties, Skid Row was as well known for singer Sebastian Bach’s in-your-face presence (he once foolishly wore a T-shirt that said “AIDS Kills Fags Dead” during an interview) as for their catchy pop metal. The band started strong with their first album, Skid Row, which contained the popular singles “18 and Life” and “Youth Gone Wild,” which quickly established them as one of the top hair/glam/pop metal bands.
They followed up with the equally successful and somewhat harder record Slave to the Grind, which debuted at number 1 and would have seemed to cement the band’s position as one of the kings of the metal world, but things were not to work out that way. A quantum shift in music took place the next year when the grunge revolution made most metal bands seem redundant and insignificant. Skid Row plowed on with determination, and, although they still sold records, by the time of the Subhuman Race album the formula had worn thin and soon Bach was ousted from the band, which soldiered on without him. Bach eventually did the reality show circuit on VH1 and also played some roles on Broadway, where his theatrical voice no doubt came in handy.
Discography: Skid Row (Atlantic, 1989); Slave to the Grind (Atlantic, 1991); Subhuman Race (Atlantic, 1995); Thick Skin (Blind Man Sound, 2003); Revolutions Per Minute (SPV, 2006).