Sebastian Bach took a light hit from his former bandmates in SKID RANK during her October 31 set aboard this year “Kiss Kruise”.
The 54-year-old rocker, who hasn’t played with SKID RANK for more than two and a half decades, made a thinly veiled reference to the group’s new singer Erik Grönwall before embarking on SKID RANK classic “18 and Life” during the “All Hands On Deck Super Jam” with the bassist Todd Kernguitarist Brentwood and drummer Brent Fitz.
“It was the song that started it all for me, like two years ago, on Swedish ‘American Idol’“, Sebastian told the audience. “It’s a song…I want you to sing the lyrics. It’s called ’18 and life’.”
The native Swedes Greenwall moved on from auditioning for the competition show “Swedish Idol” in 2009 singing a cover of “18 and Life” to be asked to face SKID RANK earlier this year.
Bach was the lead singer of SKID RANK until 1996 when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a break and continued playing briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID RANK reformed and, after some revamping over the years, presented a line-up consisting of bassists Rachel Bolanguitarists Dave “Snake” Sabo and Scotti Hillalongside the drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger. SKID RANK fired solinger by telephone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing the ex-DTT singer Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnel left the group and was replaced by a British singer of South African descent PZ Théartwho previously led DRAGON FORCE, TANK and I am I. Art was fired from SKID RANK in February and was replaced by Greenwallwho was previously a member of the Swedish hard rock band HEAT
Last March, Sabo was requested by Scott Penfold of Charged radio what he thinks of people still calling for a meeting with Bach. He said, “Well, it’s been 23 years [since SKID ROW reformed], so to say I’m done would be an understatement. We tried [a reunion] slightly [back in 2016]. We dipped our toes in the water and realized it wasn’t so good. It’s just one of those things where we still couldn’t agree; we couldn’t even get past just texting.
“I’m really, really happy where we are,” Snake continued. “I’m very proud of our past, and all the credit goes to everyone involved in all aspects of our career, whoever it was, because it all led to where we are now.
“I’ve been asked thousands of times, ‘What about payday [of a reunion with Sebastian]?’ And that’s all well and good, but if that’s why I did it – if that’s why we did this; I can speak for everyone – we probably wouldn’t,” Sabo Explain. “I want to be happy, and I am very, very happy. And the guys too; everyone is really happy.
“The musical climate is what it is, and we’re a classic rock band, and I’m proud of that. And we’re still able to make music. I mean, Jeez – I live a very, most blessed, man,” Snake added. “I have nothing but gratitude and humility for what we have accomplished and for what we are able to continue to do. So while there may be people who display dollar signs with a lot zeros, I still need to be happy doing it, and I do. And that’s what’s most important. I need to be happy to be in a band with the people I’m in a band. A lot of other bands can go out and they don’t see each other until they’re on stage and traveling in separate buses and stuff, and that’s fine, but I don’t want to live my life like that. I don’t want to be on stage and living some kind of lie; that’s So while I’m grateful for people’s interest and so on, I’m even more grateful that we can still play music to earn our live on our terms.
Last summer, Bach said to Florida 98.7 The Doorman radio station that “there is no reason” for the classic SKID RANK not to get together. “When these guys [in SKID ROW] try to say [about me], “It is difficult to work with”, let me say it once again. We haven’t been in the same room together since 1996,” he said. “Shut up thinking you know how I am. You don’t know what I am. And the ‘Gilmore Girls’ think I’m okay to work with; Broadway thinks I can work with me; the ‘Trailer Park Boys’ think I’m fine; GUNS N’ ROSES think I’m pretty cool. We’re not getting any younger.”
Sebastian continued by saying that a SKID RANK the reunion “should ‘happen’ for the fans. And we’re absolutely running out of bands — bands that can play in sheds,” he said. “The fact that we’re all still alive and we’re all in our 50s – some closer to 60 than others – but that, to me, is selfish that we’re not together.
“I can play with anyone. I do play with everyone [laughs] – except for them.”
Erikwho was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021, opened up about her journey in a recent interview with 80s metal trash can. He said, “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 how it feels.
“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 in September 2021 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 now talking about it,” 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).
In September 2021, Greenwall released their new 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 musical “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.
End of March, SKID RANK released their first single with Greenwall, “The Gang is All There”. The song is the title track from the band’s latest album, which arrived 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.