SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO: 'My Happiness Isn't Based On How Many Zeroes Are On My Bank Account Statement'

April 21, 2022

In a new interview with "The Mistress Carrie Podcast", SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo was asked which is harder to keep together: a band or a marriage. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I've had success and failures at both. There's a lot of similarities in the two things, but what usurps everything is love and respect. And that's a two-way street. Rachel [Bolan, bass], Scotti [Hill, guitar] and I, and Rob Hammersmith, the drummer who's been in the band 12 years, and now Erik [Grönwall, vocals], there's a love and respect that is completely palatable; you can feel it in the room with us, in the dressing room, on stage. It's all very real. That has to exist with the home life too. I love my family — I love my wife; I love my family. And as long as I'm able to be the man that I know I'm capable of, for my friends, for my family, then I'm the happiest guy in the room, I'm the happiest guy in the world. My happiness isn't based on how many zeroes are on my bank account statement; that's never been the driving force. It's always been about waking up and having a smile on your face.

"We all face really, really rough circumstances," he continued. "Our singer Erik is a cancer survivor. He didn't know if he was gonna live, much less sing again. And now this kid's on stage killing it, tearing it up. And it is a great testament to a person's love and fortitude and their character. And he exudes it with every note he sings. And I look at that and I'm inspired. It makes me a better person, a better guitar player, a better songwriter, a better performer. And it's so honest and truthful that it's completely infectious; it's undeniable.

"We navigated our career in such a path that regardless of the ups and downs of what we experienced in this business, we were able to always maintain some level of happiness throughout it all," Snake added. "We found strength in a lot of areas where other bands might have found despair."

SKID ROW's new single, "The Gang's All Here", was made available last month. The song is the title track of the band's upcoming album, which will arrive on October 14 via earMUSIC.

Grönwall joined SKID ROW two months ago as the replacement for ZP Theart, who had been in the group for more than six years.

SKID ROW, which played its first show with Grönwall on March 26, recorded "The Gang's All Here" in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR, HALESTORM, EVANESCENCE, RUSH and ALICE IN CHAINS, among many others.

Grönwall sang on H.E.A.T.'s last four studio albums — "Address The Nation" (2012),"Tearing Down The Walls" (2014),"Into The Great Unknown" (2017) and "H.E.A.T II" (2020) — before exiting the group in October 2020.

The 34-year-old Swedish singer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021. A short time later, he wrote on his social media: "I am extremely privileged and grateful to live at a day and age where a disease like this is curable. There's been so much progress made in this field. My body is reacting well to the treatment but it's a long treatment and it's going to be the toughest challenge of my life so far, for me and my family."

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