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Skid Row
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With five fully featured studio albums, this American heavy metal band Skid Row tasted sweet success from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Formed in Toms River, New Jersey, the band has sold over 20 million copies of their albums. One of their most impressive achievements is releasing their debut album in just three years, something that many bands never accomplish.

Rachel Bolan and Dave “The Snake” Sabo were the driving forces behind the band’s formation. Over the years, there have been some changes in band members, most notably the departure of Sebastian Bach. This occurred when Bach wanted the band to open for KISS, but the rest of the group disagreed, leading to a falling out and Bach’s departure. The current lineup of the band includes Johnny Solinger, Scotti Hill, Rob Hammersmith, and, of course, the two founders.

The band had a tumultuous relationship with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. They signed over their publishing rights to the two, as Bon Jovi was looking for new talent to sign with their new publishing company, Underground Music Company. The band was left with a small percentage of their publishing rights, although some of it was later returned to them.

Their debut album, ‘Skid Row,’ was released on January 24, 1989. The album achieved platinum status five times according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Impressively, for a debut album, it reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. Due to their newfound popularity, many fans began seeking Skid Row merchandise and other goods.

‘Slave to the Grind’ was released on June 11, 1991. It was considered a major success for the group, reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200. It also showcased heavier lyrics that addressed broader social issues, marking a progression in their music.

On March 28, 1995, Skid Row released their third album, titled ‘Subhuman Race,’ which became memorable as the last album to feature Sebastian Bach before his departure from the group. The album also marked a slight change in their sound, transitioning from heavy metal to more of an alternative metal style.

‘Thickskin,’ their next album released almost 10 years later on August 5, 2003, was notable for introducing their new lead vocalist, Johnny Solinger. However, another band member, Phil Varone, had also departed by this time.

Their most recent album, titled ‘Revolutions per Minute,’ was released on October 24, 2006. It received mixed reviews from music critics. Notably, the album reunited the band with Michael Wagener, the renowned producer who had also worked on their second album.

Undoubtedly, these Skid Row albums have propelled the band to the forefront of the heavy metal scene, resulting in continued demand for their albums and band merchandise. Although it has been over four years since their last album release, fans can expect Skid Row to return with an even bigger and better sound.

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