Skid Row Tap TNT’s Tony Harnell As New Vocalist
April 6, 2015
After several years of touring and four releases, Skid Row and singer Johnny Solinger have parted ways, being replaced by former TNT frontman Tony Harnell.
Solinger, who replaced the iconic Sebastian Bach, joined Skid Row in early 2000 and fronted two of their full-length albums — 2003’s ‘Thickskin’ and 2006’s ‘Revolutions per Minute’. Solinger released his debut country album in 2008, and followed it up with the ‘Scrappy Smith’ EP in 2014.
Founding Skid Row member Snake Sabo said, “We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best.” “Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision,” added bassist Rachel Bolan. “He will always be our brother.”
“I have decided to leave Skid Row to pursue my solo career,” said Solinger. “The past 15 years has been a great experience and I have appreciated the opportunity to be the lead singer in one of the most prominent bands of the 1990’s and share stages with the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and KISS performing in front of millions throughout the world. I wish Skid Row the best of luck in their future pursuits.”
The vacancy for a new frontman has been filled by powerhouse vocalist Tony Harnell. This news comes hot of the heels of his departure from the Norway based band TNT.
“Tony’s experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one,” commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, “I believe this will be a great year for Skid Row. I’m looking forward for things to come.”
When asked about joining forces with Skid Row Harnell said, “I’m so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It’s time to rock!”
Skid Row and Tont Harnell will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the ‘United World Rebellion’ trilogy this summer. Skid Row’s previous ‘United World Rebellion’ release, ‘Rise Of the Damnation Army’, was released in August of 2014 and was paraised by Sleaze Roxx, stating, “This is how Skid Row post-Bach should have always sounded — mean, nasty and annoyed. The production of the EP gives it a very heavy and live feel, which may not be clean enough for some listeners but seems to match the intensity of the music being provided. Sebastian Bach may be sitting around wondering why fans didn’t flock in droves to purchase his latest solo effort, but what he should really be contemplating is how he can recapture the Skid Row magic as well as Rise Of The Damnation Army does.”
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