In 1987 SKID ROW was born in a garage somewhere in Toms River, N.J. Like a bastard child of a thousand maniacs, they relentlessly pounded the New Jersey club circuit; packing houses wherever they performed.
Fast forward to 1989. SKID ROW’s debut album goes on to sell over 5 million copies in the U.S.A., along with a tour that takes them around the world.
1992 the band releases their second record “SLAVE TO THE GRIND” which debuts at #1 on the Billboard charts, making them the first Heavy Metal/Hard rock band to do so. “Slave” rockets to multi-platinum status. This is also followed by a massive world tour.
In 1995 band relationships severely strain, but they reluctantly go into the studio to record what was thought to be their final release “SUBHUMAN RACE”. Soon after, the band parted ways. That was until late 1999 when founding members Rachel Bolan, Scotti Hill, and Snake Sabo decided that SKID ROW meant far to much to them let the music fade into rock obscurity. There were changes to be made - the question was “who”. Enter Texan singer Johnny Solinger. Suggested through a mutual friend the band visited Johnny’s website and were immediately interested in what they heard. A few e-mails later and the singer was on a plane to N.J.
“He had a quiet confidence about him when he walked through the front door” says guitarist Snake. Rachel adds “We knew he was the guy half way through the first song of his audition. Johnny fit the bill to a “T”. Great voice, great attitude and was clear on what the band was about”.
If they thought things couldn’t get better, they did. In 2000 SKID ROW landed the coveted opening slot on the KISS “Farewell Tour”. The tour of tours. It brought SKID ROW's music back to the hungry masses. Since then the band has logged a few hundred thousand bus miles and some hundreds of shows during which the band was busy writing new songs for their CD “Thickskin”
In 2006 SKID ROW put the final touches on their CD “Revolutions Per Minute” and released it on SPV Records. This reunited Skid Row with producer and long time friend Michael Wagener who produced their first two records.
The band is playing and touring all over the world in 2012.
SKID ROW is:
JOHNNY SOLINGER – LEAD VOCALS
RACHEL BOLAN – BASS, BACKING VOCALS
SNAKE SABO – GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS
SCOTTI HILL – GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS
ROB HAMMERSMITH – DRUMS
Opening for Skid Row in Akron will be the all female rock band, 11AFTER, Akron's very own “Bad Girls of Rock n' Roll”. The band has three independently produced CDs and two videos under their studded belts. This five-female-
D Cruise, lead singer/songwriter, is the driving force behind this amazing act and draws on her unique life experiences for both her lyrics and her incredible performing presence. Her raspy growl, radio-ready tunes and wild stage antics combine for the ultimate ‘rock chick’ experience. The line up further consists of Cyn Smith, a jaw-dropping lead guitarist who has shared the big stage with a number of major acts from across the country. Newest bad girl Natalie "Nasty" Morgan is a high powered bass player that brings her own style of pumping energy. Drummer extraordinaire June pounds out the backbone and guitarist Christina Crago, formerly of local girl band legend Level C, rounds out the sound with her own style. Individually unique and collectively together a strong music experience beyond compare.
11After has extensively toured across the U.S. and and on the east coast in particular. They have seasoned their sound locally at Cleveland’s House of Blues, for years at Akron’s biggest summer party ‘Live at Lock 3’ and many other venues, dive bars and clubs too numerous to mention.