Skid Row are having a bit of a re-emergence at the moment having released a new album ‘The Gangs All Here’, which has been well received by the rock press and their long-standing fans alike. After having a run of bad luck, swapping vocalists a few times, albeit once through tragic circumstances, before acquiring the one and only ex H.E.A.T singer and the Swedish Idol winner Erik Grönwall. Having the privilege of seeing him a couple of times with his former band, he is one of the best frontmen you could ask for, he simply is great to watch. He even went to the crowd for selfies after a couple of songs and he has a voice to match. Although he has had a big health scare himself recently, he thankfully seems fully recovered now, judging on tonight’s performance.
Skid Row was one of the punkier of the 80s bands. Although grabbing themselves a few hits along the way, and with Grönwall, they have retained the urgency of their core material, and they displayed a range of styles tonight with some excellent guitar work to back up Grönwall vocals. KK’s are really getting some excellent gigs these days, and have built up a hard core of rock fans, who absolutely love this kind of night, and Skid Row didn’t disappoint the attendees. With a superb set, which obviously included the classic tunes ‘Slave To The Grind’, ‘Monkey Business’, ‘Youth Gone Wild’ and their biggest hit ‘18 And Life’. But they don’t seem to be resting on old glory, with ‘Time Bomb’ and ‘The Gangs All Here’ catching my attention. It will be interesting to see what Skid Row will do next.
Photos by Geoff Griffe
Review by Jenny Griffe