SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan recently spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the group's "comeback" following a split with singer Sebastian Bach in the late 1990s. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
On how the '90s shift into grunge music affected bands like SKID ROW:
"Bands like NIRVANA and the whole grunge movement put bands like us out of business for a while. For a while, you didn't want to say you were in SKID ROW — people would say, 'What, the '80s hair band?'"
On split with Sebastian Bach and decision to carry on with a new singer:
"Being in a band is like being in a marriage — sometimes a marriage just goes bad. We gave ourselves some breathing room until we started to appreciate what we did again. It got so bad that we didn't even want to pick up guitars again."
On the band's reunion in 2000:
"Pure rock and roll was coming back. People didn't just want to sing about doom and gloom; they wanted to have a good time at concerts again. We said, 'Hey, let's get out and play these songs again.' "
On fans' appreciation of SKID ROW's youth-friendly themes in the lyrics of the original hits:
"We're a band that didn't forget what it's like to be young, that's for sure. We weren't thinking about messages; we wrote what was in our hearts ... we wrote it down as we lived it."
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