SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill has ruled out the possibility of a reunion with singer Sebastian Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don’t want to “put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now.”
Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.
In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Dave “Snake” Sabo and Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.
During an appearance on the August 7 episode of “Another FN Podcast”, Hill was asked if it’s true that Bach was relieved of his duties from SKID ROW when he reportedly booked the group to open for KISS without first consulting his bandmates. “That caused a giant uproar is what it did, and [Sebastian] did something to Snake that was unacceptable,” Hill revealed (hear audio below). “He called his house on Thanksgiving and said some horrible things into his answering machine, and Snake says, ‘You know what? I’m not gonna be in a band with you anymore.’ There you go. It’s as simple as that.”
Hill also talked about SKID ROW‘s decision to take a break following Bach‘s departure from the band. He said: “Well, at that point, grunge had come into play. We had done ‘Subhuman Race’. It’s a cool record; it’s got its moments. And then we had gone out and done that tour and it was a failure. And at that point, with everything that was going on internally in the band, something was gonna give, and that just happened to be what it was. Everybody had had enough of everything, and it wasn’t worth it for anybody to leave the house for that. So when that happened, we just all stopped calling each other. We had been on the road a lot, man. I mean, we went out on that first tour — it was sixteen months — we came home, we did a record, we went back on tour for twenty-two months, we came back home, we did another record, we went on… We were out for a long time, but those first two tours were really long. For people that get along, that will wear thin. So when there’s lots of turmoil and stuff like that, it’s hard to go on. So with all that combined, you’ve got guys that just were, like, ‘All right. I need a break.'”
According to Scotti, he didn’t see any of his bandmates for “probably a year” until he, Snake and Rachel “started a little side project,” the aforementioned OZONE MONDAY. “We just wanted to try something different — whatever comes out comes out — not particularly for heavy music, or any kind of music,” he explained. “But after a while, that just wasn’t feeling right. And I remember Snake and I were going to New York one day, we were on the ferry riding over there, and he was, like, ‘Would you be interested in doing SKID ROW with a different singer?’ I was, like, ‘Yeah. People are gonna freak out, but they can start their own fucking band then — do it the way they wanna do it. This is what’s happening.’ So that’s what we did.”