Bach’s not getting old job back
Here to stay: Solinger, centre, with Skid Row
Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger has broken his silence over predecessor Sebastian Bach’s comments about wanting a reunion.
The band’s current frontman, who’s been in place for 13 years now, says Bach has always wanted his old job back, and comments in public in order to get attention for himself.
And he understands why many Skid Row fans gave up on the band when he took over the mic.
Bach recently said four of the five classic-era band members wanted to get back together, and he wasn’t the man who’d said ‘no’.
Now Solinger tells Legendary Rock Interviews: “I’ve never said anything bad publicly about the guy because I don’t care. It’s my band to sing in now, and has been for 13 years.
“When he comes out and says stuff like that it’s all crap – just like ‘four out of five dentists approve’ is crap. He’s been wanting back in the band since I joined but there’s not much he can say about it, and not much I care to say about it.
“His statement was just his way of getting a little attention. It’s not going to happen. I’m not saying that to be bad to the dude, because I’ve never been that kind of guy.”
Solinger is at ease with the opinions of Skid Row followers who moved on after Bach was removed in 1996. “I totally understand,” he says. “I get it. I totally love the fans that stayed on and enjoyed me with the band, of course. And I totally love the old fans that have come back into the fold.
“It’s all about the songs and the creativity – this band and their fans get it.”
And he insists Skid Row are unusual in that they’re all good friends to this day. “We play shows with other bands where the guys can’t even stand to be in the same room at the same time, and it shows when they’re on stage,” he reports.
“My guys are all very cool. They hang together, they talk to each other and they’re genuinely close. It isn’t as common as you’d think – it’s something that makes it a pleasure to be in this band.
“There’s not a druggie in the band. There’s not an asshole in the band. Personal issues that can get in the way of making music are not an issue for us any more – which is why it’s so funny when those reunion rumours pop up.”