New Skid Row singer competed on ‘Swedish Idol’ with ’18 and Life’

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Late Wednesday (March 23), it was revealed that Skid Row had cast Erik Grönwall as their new vocalist, somewhat teasing the title track from their latest album. The gang is here with the singer on vocals. But Grönwall’s history with the music of Skid Row goes back a long way, in fact, to the start of his professional career when he auditioned for Swedish idol (the Swedish version of american idol Singing contest).

After starting in high school playing in a punk rock band, he eventually formed a band called RAID which had a more metal sound. It was around this time that he first auditioned for Swedish idol in 2007, but he didn’t enter the singing competition series until two years later, when he made it to the final auditions and had the opportunity to sing for the judges. Her favorite song – “18 and Life” by Skid Row.

“That song was basically the starting point of my professional career as an artist. I performed that song during my Swedish idol audition in 2009,” Grönwall said in the description of one of the YouTube videos below where he recorded a studio version of the track last year, as heard below.

It should be noted that Grönwall not only auditioned for Swedish idol, he won it. Throughout the run, he drew on his rock and metal background performing KISS’s “Shout It Out Loud”, Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” and Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” among his selections.

Following his Idol breakout, the singer started out as a solo artist, topping the charts in Sweden with the single “Higher,” and eventually released a pair of solo albums. He also joined Swedish rock band HEAT, releasing four albums with the band. In 2021, he formed power metal band New Horizon with ex-bandmate Jona Tee with the song “We Unite” which officially arrives in November. But now things are back to where they started for Grönwall as he sings the music of Skid Row, but this time as a band member. “The Gang’s All Here” is set to be released in its entirety on Friday, March 25.

As he wrote when revealing his latest musical adventure on Wednesday, “Ladies and gentlemen. I hereby declare the circle of all fucking circles complete. You are looking at @officialskidrow’s new vocalist.” #skidrow #erikgronwall

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