SKID ROW Guitarist Says There Have Been ‘Very Few Arguments’ Since JOHNNY SOLINGER Joined Band

Rich Howells of recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo. An excerpt from the chat follows below. When you guys split from singer Sebastian Bach in ’96, what made you want to keep going?

Sabo: [Guitarist] Scotti [Hill], [bassist] Rachel [Bolan] and I did another side project thing — it was really the only thing we were doing at the time. We did it for a couple years. It was really a lot of fun and it was completely different than SKID ROW. We were still playing music together, and we were rediscovering our friendships with one another because, truth be told, we had become distant as friends because there was just so much chaos and turmoil within our band amongst the five of us and also while shooting into the people that worked with us as well, business folks. It got to the point where it was the opposite of fun. Sometime in 1999, we realized that we missed playing those songs. We didn’t miss the stress, the aggravation; we just missed playing those songs. It had been a less than acrimonious split, to say the least, with us and Sebastian, and then [drummer] Rob [Affuso]… We found [singer] Johnny [Solinger] relatively fast, and he came in and he wasn’t attempting to be Sebastian. He was himself. He did great respect to the songs and was able to hit the notes and all that stuff. He definitely was his own and is his own individual, and that’s what we were looking for. It felt fun again. And to be honest with you, in the last 14 years that Johnny‘s been in the band, I’ve got to say, there’s been very few arguments. What made you split your record “United World Rebellion” into three parts, starting with “Chapter One”, released last month?

Sabo: Because it’s EPs, you take a lot of the pressure off of yourself knowing that you write five, six songs or whatever, or maybe you write 10 and choose the best five or six, whatever you do… Writing songs has always been difficult for me. Some people are just absolutely prolific; they write all the time, everywhere… Once you get in that groove, that window gets wider and wider and things start flying in and flying out. You’re keeping the recording costs down, so you’re keeping the cost down for the consumer. It’s kind of a win-win all across the board. It’s also a way for us to release the EP, tour on it for a few months, go in, write the next one, release that one, tour on it for a little while. It’s kind of a cool way of doing it. It breaks up the monotony.

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