Former Skid Row frontman Johnny Solinger, who led the band for 16 years after Sebastian Bach was ousted, has died aged 55 of liver failure.
The singer’s ex-companions commemorated him in a Facebook post on Saturday June 26, the day of his death. “We are saddened to hear the news from our brother Johnny Solinger,” they wrote. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us. (“Scrappy” was the nickname for Solinger’s grandfather, Willard Jesse “Scrappy” Smith, after whom the singer named his 2014 country solo EP, Scrap blacksmith.)
Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo also honored the late Solinger with a Tweeter Sunday morning. “A good man with a good soul taken far too soon,” he wrote. “Thank you Johnny for everything you’ve given us. God bless you and your family. “
Solinger revealed his liver failure diagnosis on social media last month. He said he had been “hospitalized over the past month” due to the diagnosis and his prognosis was “not so good”. “Like most musicians, I don’t have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it,” he wrote.
The rocker further explained that he took at least seven different medications, had his abdomen emptied every few days and was undergoing physical therapy. At the time, he said he was considering setting up a fundraiser to help pay his growing medical bills and upcoming hospice care.
Solinger joined the newly reformed Skid Row in 1999, replacing Bach, who left the group in 1996, the same year they went their separate ways. With Solinger at the helm, Skid Row released two full albums, the 2003s Thick skin and 2006 Revolutions per minute, and two EP, 2013 United World Rebellion: Chapter One and 2014 Rise of the Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two. (Apparently determined to reinvent itself for a new generation of listeners, Skid Row recorded “I remember you two“, a punk remake of their 1989 hit, with Solinger for Thick skin.)
Solinger left Skid Row in 2015; his post was briefly held by TNT frontman Tony Harnell and then by former DragonForce frontman ZP Theart, who currently leads the group. Solinger’s 16-year tenure with Skid Row made him the longest-serving singer in the group.
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