With five full featured studio Skid Row albums, this heavy metal American band has tasted sweet success in the late 1980s up to the early 1990s. Formed in Toms River, New Jersey the band has sold over 20 million copies of their album. One of the most admirable things that the band achieved is that it took them just three or so years to come out with their first album. This is something that most bands do not experience.
It was Dave “The Snake” Sabo and Rachel Bolan who started the band. Through the years there have been some changes in the line up with the most famous of their former members was Sebastian Bach who was their vocalist back then. Sebastian’s departure happened when he tried to get the band to open for KISS. The other members did not like the idea and said that they are too big to be just an opening act. As a result, Sebastian left the band. Their current line up, aside from the two founders, are Rob Hammersmith, Scotti Hill, and Johnny Solinger.
They also experienced some difficulties with their relationship with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. While they were still getting started, they had given up a big percentage of their publishing rights to the two members of Bon Jovi. This caused a big problem as the band started to become famous. Eventually Sambora gave in and gave back a percentage of the publishing rights to the band.
Their debut album, ‘Skid Row’, was released on the 24th of January, 1989. The album was been given the platinum record five times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Impressively for a first album, it was able to rank no. 6 in the Billboard 200. Because of their new found popularity, a lot of fans started to look for some Skid Row merch and other items.
Their next album was titled ‘Slave to the Grind’. It was released on June 11, 1991 and can be thought of as one of their most successful albums as it was able to reach the number 1 spot of the Billboard 200. It was also a change in the band’s musical style as the album featured deeper toned sound as well as lyrics that tackled the social situations and problems of the period.
On March 28, 1995 the third of the Skid Row albums was released. Titled ‘Subhuman Race’, the album was memorable because it was the last album that included Sebastian Bach before his departure from the group. The album was also notable for the slight change of their sound from heavy metal to more of alternative metal.
‘Thickskin’ was released on August 5, 2003, almost a decade since their last album. It was also the first album featuring their new vocalist Johnny Solinger. However, it was the last album with drummer Phil Varone who left the band after the album ws released.
‘Revolutions per Minute’ is the latest of their albums and it was released on October 24, 2006. The album received negative reviews from the music critics. It reunited the band with Michael Wagener who produced their second album, ‘Slave to the Grind’, which was about 15 years to that day.
These Skid Row albums, although not all experienced great acceptance and kind words from the critics, still helped the band achieve the popularity they are enjoying today. Their studio albums and band merch are continuously in great demand by their fans who want to have a piece of a great American heavy metal band.