Swedish singer Erik Grönwallwho joined SKID RANK earlier this year spoke with Australia The Rock Pit on how he manages to stay focused in the wake of constant calls for a reunion from the band’s classic lineup. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I also come from a fan’s point of view, and I realize and I know – I understand the point of view of people who want the original line-up. I mean, obviously, I understand the history of the band, so I can see that. I prefer the Good Scott time [of AC/DC] compared to [the Brian Johnson] time. And Brian Johnson is not a new singer; it’s been around since 1980. But that’s the way it is.
“That being said, I’ve had people contact me on instagram and apologizing for… At first they were like, ‘Oh, another singer?’ — you know, just the regular comments you used to see,” he explained. “But they actually apologized and pretty much said, ‘I’m sorry I hated you when I discovered it for the first time. But now I just have to say that I love it. I love you. And I was wrong. [Laughs]”
He added: “That’s the ultimate compliment to me, obviously – that you can turn haters into believers and followers. And that makes everything worth it – everything. All the hard work you’ve put in.”
SKID RANKthe new studio album of, “The Gang is All There”will arrive on October 14 via earMUSIC. The band recorded most of the LP in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulineczwho has worked with FOO FIGHTERS, ACID STONE, HALESTORM, EVANESCENCE, RUSH and CHAINED ALICEamong many others.
Greenwall joined SKID RANK in January replacing PZ Theartwho had been with the group for over six years. Art played his last gig with SKID RANK in February before being officially kicked.
Greenwall was a member of the Swedish hard rock band HEAT with whom he recorded four studio albums — “Address the Nation” (2012),“Tear Down the Walls” (2014),“Into the Great Unknown” (2017) and “HEAT II” (2020) — before leaving the group in October 2020.
Greenwall was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021. Six months later he announced he was cancer free after receiving a bone marrow transplant in August. “A wonderful, anonymous human being somewhere in the world donated his blood cells so that I could have a second chance at life,” he said. Headbanger lifestyle in January. “Sometimes I have tears in my eyes when I think about it. It’s so beautiful that someone who has no connection with me wanted to do this for me. He/she doesn’t know that blood cells have been for me. It’s totally anonymous.
In September 2021, 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 NBClive broadcast from 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.
SKID RANK bass player Rachel Bolan said recently Merger from Detroit WRIF radio about GreenwallAdding ‘s to the band: “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 band. 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 got even better, because we’re learning the rhythm of the other on stage. When I walked away from that show, I said to Erik, I go, ‘That was the first show. I can’t wait to show a hundred. It’s going to be amazing.'”
Bolan previously talked about how Erik came to join SKID RANK during an appearance in an episode of SiriusXMit is “Trunk Nation LA Invasion”recorded a few hours before SKID RANKwith the Swedish singer. “We toured together. HEAT was on tour with SKID RANK. What year was it? ’18? And we would hear it every night from the locker room,” he said. “And a few times I was like, ‘Man, listen to this guy sing. He’s phenomenal. And then I forget who I am. ‘ said, someone who was with us, ‘Yeah, he won ‘Idol’ in Sweden.’ And I was, like, ‘Man, he’s got pipes.’ And I was listening. Then I went behind the dash a few times. And in my head, I’m like, ‘Wow! When SKID RANK has free time, I’m going to get in touch with this guy and start a side project with him. And apparently, that never happened. But over time and we got to the point where we were with pz and other things, Erik was our first…i said Snake, I go, ‘We have to check this guy.’ And with Snake and the rest of the guys, and pseudoour producer, Nick Raskulinecz, were, like, ‘That’s the guy, man. Send him songs. So we sent her songs that we were recording, just with a vocal guide on them, and they came back about 24 hours later, and we were like, ‘Okay. He’s the guy. Get him on a plane. Let’s do this.'”