Meister Spends Some Time On Skid Row

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“Sebastian who?” was a text I received from a friend during the Skid Row concert in Toronto on Wednesday August 20, 2014.  He was situated across the Virgin Mobile Mod Club in a different vantage point than I was for the show and this text came by the end of the second song of the setlist.  I had caught the live Skid Row experience previously while at Sweden Rock Festival 2013 and learned the advantages of vocalist Johnny Solinger over Sebastian Bach, but this was my friend’s first experience.  Solinger has been a full-fledged member of Skid Row for over fourteen years now, longer than his predecessor, the arrogant Sebastian Bach and handles the material of both eras well, an excellent and crowd appreciative frontman.  Many say things like “No Bach, no Skid Row”, but I personally can do without the arrogant, insulting and offensive attitude that we all know Bach to possess, something I witnessed during Bach’s performance at 2014’s M3 Festival.  In any case Solinger and the rest of the band, originals Dave “Snake” Sabo (guitar), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass) and relatively new drummer Rob Hammersmith delivered a high energy, raucous rock n’ roll experience in Toronto that night.  The boys whipped the “decent sized for a Wednesday night” crowd into a frenzy with a setlist encompassing almost everything you’d want from the early days of Skid Row and a selection of more recent compositions scattered throughout.  They began with “Let’s Go” from 2013’s EP United World Rebellion: Chapter One and from there it was over to 1989’s self-titled debut album for a wicked four pack of “Makin’ a Mess”, “Big Guns”, “Piece of Me” and “18 and Life”.  By now the floor was a little tighter packed as everyone surged closer to the stage, fists high in the air, caught up in the frenzy of an awesome rock n’ roll show.  We also rocked out to classics such as “Riot Act”, “In a Darkened Room”, “I Remember You” and “Monkey Business” as well as newer tracks like “Thick Is the Skin”, “Kings of Demolition” and “Ghost”. Also in the mix was a Rachel Bolan sung version of The Ramones’ “Psycho Therapy” and the three punch to the balls encore set of “We Are the Damned” (from Rise of the Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two), “Slave to the Grind” and “Youth Gone Wild” to raise the house lights.  Grab your copy of Rise of the Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two through this link: Buy: The new Skid Row EP and don’t miss Skid Row on tour!  Keep an eye on the Decibel Geek YouTube channel for a couple of videos from the Toronto show being uploaded soon Decibel Geek YouTube Channel

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PHOTOS: Concert photos by The Meister 2014

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