During a question-and-answer session aboard this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise, SKID ROW members were asked when their 1990 “Oh Say Can You Scream” home video will finally be made available on DVD.
“Here’s the problem: we don’t own the rights to that,” guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo responded.
“It’s owned by the record company. They presented us with a deal a few years ago that was really awful. So we just said, ‘You know what? We’ll wait until we get the rights back and then we can do how we want to. Honestly. We want it out there, of course. We want people to be able to see it. But the problem is that they want to control it in their way. And it wasn’t good for us.”
Asked if they now own the rights to their first couple of albums, Sabo said: “Not yet. It’s 35 years until you have the opportunity to own the rights. So another four years.” Bassist Rachel Bolan added: “In another four years, it’s all ours. They put out the deluxe edition of our first record — digitally only, which kind of pissed off, ’cause we want it on vinyl, we want it on CD, we want it on everything. Holding that in your hand is way more important than just [streaming it]. But they put it out, which is cool, and we’re happy with that. But we’re gonna have all that stuff and we’re gonna be able to control everything at some point. And it will be ours.”