During a conversation with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIFradio station, bassist Rachel Bolan opened up about Skid Row’s new singer, Erik Grönwall, who replaced ZP Theart.
In the interview, Bolan said:
“It is a challenge and you’re under a microscope for sure. This time was different, though, man; it’s just different. His ability and his… just the way he does things and his work ethic is one I’ve never seen other than the four of us that are already in the band. He just doesn’t stop until he gets things absolutely right.
”Whether it’s his version, what he thinks is right, or what we think is right, he works hard, he works hard. And you can see why he had the success he did overseas because he’s a really, really hard-working singer that takes care of his instrument and that takes pride in his craft.”
About Grönwall’s first show with the band, Bolan replied:
“We all really wanted to get that first one under our belt, that first show as a whole. But we just were, like, ‘Okay, let’s do this, man.’ ‘Cause we had two days of rehearsal. We got together on a Wednesday and a Thursday, then we took a day off so he could rest his voice. And plus he’s jetlagged by nine hours.
”And then we all got together and talked. And it was, like, ‘Okay, let’s try and get this rhythm of the pace of the show’ and this and that. And then the first down beat hit, we were out on stage, and I just remember looking over at Snake [guitarist Dave Sabo] after Erik started singing, I look at Snake and he was just smiling. We’re tough guys; we’re not supposed to smile onstage…
”Honestly, dude, from the minute he opened his mouth… His timing is impeccable. We knew it was gonna be cool. And each show has gotten even better, ’cause we’re learning each other’s rhythm on stage. When I walked away from that show, I said to Erik, I go, ‘This was show one. I cannot wait for show one hundred. It’s gonna be amazing.'”