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Skid Row’s Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo: ‘No One is Comfortable’ Bringing Back Sebastian Bach

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Skid Row are one of rock’s longest enduring bands that saw their rise come with the advent of hair metal. But the band is far removed from that era and has been without famed singer Sebastian Bach since 1997. Though the band’s studio output has been sporadic since, they have never split up and have continued to keep their flame lit. With reunions happening all over the rock and metal world, guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo has put the kibosh on the notion of Bach returning to the fold.

Earlier this year, Skid Row dismissed Johnny Solinger, their singer of the last 16 years. The move left fans to speculate about the return of Sebastian Bach, especially with anniversary marks hovering over the band’s collective heads, but the band chose to move forward with new singer Tony Harnell. In an interview with the Aquarian, Sabo shed some light on where the band currently stands.

Sabo stated, “You know, the funny thing is that most people think when talking to me or someone in the band that it might be sacrilegious to talk about our past. I’m proud of our past. Seriously, how could I not be? I think that would be incredibly ignorant not to be able to talk about it, but to be proud of what we accomplished. The five guys in the band, when we did the first record and stuff like that, was a different day and age, we were different people and whatnot, but it was a great time!”

Reflecting on how this relates to the band currently, he continued, “Of course, as time went on, we grew apart and idiosyncrasies tend to come out, but this isn’t about why the original five guys broke up or anything like that. I’m proud of it. Seriously, without that, I don’t have a career. We don’t have a career. So, I look back at much of that fondly, but sometimes you have to move on.”

Sabo turned towards what he wants most from the band, explaining, “Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet. People may [not] believe that and that’s okay. Anybody who knows me knows that to be true. I don’t think you can place a price on happiness. We’ve been hit repeatedly over the years with, ‘Why don’t you do a reunion tour?’ And you know what — I understand the question and I get it. I really do and if I were on the outside, I’d be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea.”

Skid Row introduced fans to former TNT singer Tony Harnell by releasing a re-recording of the act’s classic “18 and Life.” The band has yet to record any new material with Harnell and are unsure if they will complete their United World Rebellion EP trilogy that was started in 2013 or work on a new full length.

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