Skid Row was formed in 1986 and spawned a successful career in the 80s hair metal genre. The original line up consisted of notorious vocalist, Sebastian Bach, former Bon Jovi guitarist Dave Sabo, drummer Rob Affuso, secondary guitarist Scott Hill and bassist Rachel Bolan.
Sabo’s relationship with Bon Jovi landed them a record deal but would also backfire for the band. According to sources, in return for the assistance, Skid Row relinquished the rights to much of its royalties.
Its debut self-titled album produced instant hits with “18 and Life”, glam metal anthem “Youth Gone Wild” and power ballad, “I Remember You”. Bach relished in the success and came under some public backlash with his wild and controversial behaviour both on and off stage.
However, their fan base remained devoted and their second album, Slave to the Grind entered the charts straight at number 1 despite it not producing any real notable singles.
Like many bands in the metal genre during this time, the grunge movement hit Skid Row hard and the band faded from the spotlight. They re-emerged in 1996 with release, Subhuman Race which surprisingly charted in the top 40 but like its previous album, produced no real noteworthy hits. By this time, the band could boast over 20 million album sales globally.
The group split and individual members pursued solo projects including Bach’s formation with Smashing Pumpkins’ drummer called Last Hard Men. Plans to record new material for the 1998 release of Skid Row’s greatest hits never materialised.
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