New SKID RANK singer Erik Grönwall moved on from auditioning for the competition show “Swedish Idol” in 2009 singing a cover of SKID RANKit is “18 and Life” to now face the group.
Erik, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021, reflects on her journey in a new interview with 80’s Metal Recycle Bin. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I wouldn’t call myself a religious man [laughs]but my name would be… After all that, I am way more spiritual. I’m, like, ‘Okay, who planned this?’ I was on my way to a whole different life [before my diagnosis]but it was a bit like someone had just nudged me.
“I marched on instagram a few days ago and I just saw a post, and it was a text saying, “I’m sorry I had to make you feel uncomfortable, but I had to get you moving.” God.’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, fuck, man.’ [Laughs] That’s what it feels like.
“I don’t know if it all happens for a reason, but that’s the only way I can explain it – having leukemia and then ending up in my favorite band,” he continued.
“When I was on stage at [Las] Vegas [with SKID ROW in March and April], I was interacting with the audience and I was like, ‘Do you know how amazing it is to be here singing the song that launched your career?’ ‘Cause ’18 and life’ was the song I auditioned with for the ‘Idol’ To display; that’s what attracted me ‘Idol’. And I said to them, ‘Do you know what it’s like to be here on stage with your favorite band of all time singing the song that launched your career?’ And someone commented on it, and it was, like, ‘Did he just quote the ‘Rock star’ script?’ And I was, like, ‘Yeah, I didn’t even think about it, but it’s this movie,” he said, referring to the movie in which an average Pittsburgh kid is chosen to be the new lead singer of his favorite heavy metal band. “So it’s a bit like a film script.
“It’s just amazing” Erik added. “I’m still trying to process it. I feel like I’ve been in the band for two years. It’s been four months. We did about 30 shows in four months. We recorded an album. We started to work on a New album. We recorded a video clip. Everything happened then quick. It’s overwhelming in so many ways.”
Erik also thanked his wife for providing him with the emotional strength and support he needed throughout his ordeal.
“I mean my wife has been amazing throughout this journey, especially during the treatments, because when I was ready to give up, she was, like, ‘Hey, you’re not giving up now. You’ve got so much of people who love you and need you in their lives. It was tough,” he recalls. “And I needed that. So I was, like, ‘Yeah, I know.’ And I can mention that I also have a two and a half year old son at home. So it was really, really difficult – to come back from the hospital and see him. That was my weak point. She really helped a lot, and she’s very understanding. And obviously, when you have that kind of lifestyle, you need someone who really understands that lifestyle and supports it. And that’s kind of a lifestyle selfish in a lot of ways. But she totally gets it, and she’s got my back.”
Greenwallwho was a member of the Swedish hard rock band HEAT for nearly a decade before leaving the band in October 2020, announced last September that he was cancer-free after receiving a bone marrow transplant a month earlier.
“There were a lot of tears, and I’m still emotional talking about it,” he added. Erik said. “I think I’m done with the crying [laughs] – I think – but somehow I’m grateful to have gone through all of this, because it gave me a lot of perspective. I’m 34 and I just feel like I have a lot of perspective on things.
“In this business, you see a lot of commentary and you have to be tough in many ways,” he explained. “And back in the HEAT days, negative comments could really get to me. Now I’m just, like, ‘Man, I don’t care.’
“I’m so happy to wake up every day above the ground. It’s like, ‘Damn, I have another day? What am I going to do with this day?’
“I was happy before SKID RANK“, Erik added. “I am very happy to SKID RANK. Everything is temporary. i will be happy afterwards SKID RANK. I’m just happy. I’m looking back, and I’m just happy to be alive. And I’ll keep singing until this voice can sing no more.”
Greenwall sang HEATthe last four studio albums of — “Address the Nation” (2012),“Tear Down the Walls” (2014),“Into the Great Unknown” (2017) and “HEAT II” (2020).
last september, Greenwall released their cover version of “18 and Life” via all streaming platforms.
In 2018, Greenwall debuted in the United States to 10 million viewers in NBCthe live broadcast of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘the sand Tim Riceit’s music “Jesus Christ Superstar”. In the same way john legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles and others, Erik played the key role of Simon Zealots.
Last January, Greenwall Told Headbanger lifestyle about the fight against cancer: “A wonderful, anonymous human being somewhere in the world donated his blood cells so that I could have a second chance at life. eyes when I think about it. It’s so beautiful that someone unrelated to me wanted to do it for me. He/she doesn’t know the blood cells were for me. It’s completely anonymous.
Greenwall joined SKID RANK last January replacing PZ Theartwho had been in SKID RANK for more than six years. Art played his last gig with SKID RANK in February before being officially kicked.
End of March, SKID RANK released their first single with Greenwall, “The Gang is All Here”. The song is the title track from the band’s upcoming album, which will arrive on October 14 via earMUSIC.
SKID RANK played his first gig with Greenwall on March 26 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada as a supporting act for the rescheduled dates for SCORPIO‘ “Sin City Nights” residence.
SKID RANK bass player Rachel Bolan said recently Merger from Detroit WRIF radio about GreenwallAdding ‘s to the group: “Just the way he does things and his work ethic is the likes of which I’ve never seen other than the four of us who are already in the group. He doesn’t stop so long that he didn’t do it perfectly. Whether it’s his version, what he thinks is right or what we think is right, he works hard – he works hard. And you can see why he got the success he’s had overseas because he’s a really, really hard-working singer who takes care of his instrument and takes pride in his craft.”
rachel also reflected on SKID RANKfirst concert of Greenwallsaying, “Honestly, man, from the minute he opened his mouth…His timing is impeccable. We knew it was going to be cool. And every show just got better as we learn each other’s rhythm on scene. When I walked away from that show, I said to Erik, I say, ‘That was the first show. I can’t wait to show a hundred. It’s going to be amazing.'”