Skid Row writing new material and to have Michael Wagener produce the next album
Skid Row guitarist and co-founder Dave “Snake” Sabo was recently interviewed by Ireland’s Overdrive and spoke about the status of the group’s next studio album, which will be the first with singer ZP Theart.
Sabo advised: “Myself and Rachel (Bolan, bass) are here in Nashville where Rachel lives and has a studio. We’re working on some post-production stuff at the moment. We have a small rehearsal space in East Ashville, which is really great as it’s like jamming in someone’s living room. I got down here a couple of days ago to write, which I’ve been doing now for a while. I come down here once a month and Rachel and I just get together and write and start working on new ideas, so we don’t really have a definitive timeline as to when we will actually be recording the record.”
In terms of producers for the next album, Sabo stated: “We actually spoke to Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Kings X, White Lion, Extreme, Dokken) about the record and he’s totally up for doing that, so we just have to make both schedules work and obviously we have a lot of touring that we are doing this year, so, I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to go in a do it all in one shot, or just by doing a few tracks at a time.”
When Overdrive commented that they would figure it out, Sabo replied: “Yeah, totally! We’ll make it work for sure somehow (laughing). We are just so psyched to be working with Michael again, so much so that it’s really energised us and we’ll just do whatever we have to do in order to make it work.”
With Overdrive noting that the new material was still a long way from being completed, Sabo advised: “As I said before, I’ve been coming down to Rachel about once a month to work on the material. We would write a bunch of stuff and work through the ideas in his studio, so we haven’t had an opportunity for all of us to get together and work on the material/ideas as a unit just yet.”
With respect to Skid Row getting back together with former lead vocalist Sebastian Bach, Overdrive noted that people should move on and if the reunion was to take place, it would have happened by now. Sabo added: “I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s actually exciting to hear you talk like that because you totally get it! Thank you. I don’t disregard our past in any way because it’s what got us here, but let’s just concentrate on the present. It’s like talking about an ex-girlfriend that you dated 20 years ago. Why bother? I’m all about moving forward and concentrating on the stuff that I’m doing or about to do.
Ther’s a certain thing that happened the other day. I used to be a lot more active on social media, and have said some things that, shall we say, were not the best at the time. So, I basically just utilised my time to promote our shows or any new albums or videos coming out for us or any of the other artists that I’m working with.
Every once in a while, I’ll throw something up online that may be from a political point of view or whatever. When someone says something so unbelievably stupid, you’ve just got to call them out on it, but that’s a rare occasion for me. So, that being said, I found myself on Facebook as our tour dates had just been announced and saw a comment that was dissing our current line-up and stating they didn’t want to be any part of it because it’s not what it was 2o years ago. I usually don’t let stuff like this get to me, but this was just really below the belt stuff and it bothered me.
So, now I’m thinking to myself, “I’m sure this guy’s divorced and figure out who he was married to and just lay this guy away!” (laughing) I would have been so easy to just unleash hell on that person, but I decided that there is just no point. It’s all just negative energy and leads to nothing but bullshit at the end of the day. So, to hear you say this and just focus on the here and now – I greatly appreciate it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Sabo at Overdrive.