In a new interview with Fistful Of Metal magazine, SKID RANK bass player Rachel Bolan asked if it’s still viable to make a living as a musician these days. Rachel replied, “People have this misconception that everyone in the band is broke, and we’re not. We had massive songs, which they forgot I guess, and we sold like 23 million records [laughs], so we are by no means broke. I heard a woman say, ‘Oh, they live in tents,’ and I was like, ‘Okay. I have a few tents, one in Jersey and one in Atlantic City, and they’re nice tents, you know?
“We’ve never had to go back to day-to-day work; the albums keep selling and we’re making a lot of money on the road,” he explained. “It’s another misconception that we play for peanuts; that’s a lot of peanuts. [Laughs] Don’t slip on the fucking shells.”
In 2015, Sebastian Bach Told Rodney Holder from australia Music Industry Facts that only three of the members of SKID RANKThe classical lineup of was part of the band’s recording contract with Atlantic: Bach, Bolan and guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo. “And so, those deals are done before you go into the studio,” the singer said. “You have entertainment lawyers talking to each other about what’s going on and then you sign everything off and then you’re going to do it. And the ironic thing is that I haven’t been in a room with Rachel Bolan in [more than] 20 years, but we are still in a business relationship together. We have the same accountant, and I get statements and we get… It’s very strange, because we’re close to each other commercially – again and again – but I don’t even have any relationship with this guy. So it’s very strange and weird.”
When asked if he was “doing well” financially as a member of SKID RANK, Sebastian said, “We’ve all done well. When you’re selling 20 million records, everybody’s doing well. I mean, it’s the number of albums we’ve sold and videos, singles… But, you know, we signed a publishing contract with [Jon] Bon Jovi‘s company, which gave him an extremely important cut from the debut album. And when it happened, none of us realized it, really, and we were very bitter when we found out. But our next record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard graphic, so stop your fucking moaning. [Laughs] It’s like looking back… He took us on tour… No one thought we’d make it. There were a million groups. We could have been BANG TANGO Where TIGERTAILZ or… We could have been… There’s a billion tapes. We could have been ANNOUNCEMENT BABYLON …Anyway, the fact that we were one of the bands that did it was like a needle in the haystack. So for Bon Jovi put us on the road in front of his crowd every night, that’s how we did it. So he deserved to be paid for it. He could have taken any other group. So we made all these offers again after the first album – to ‘Slave to the grind’ and “Subhuman Race” and the best of the album. We did all that again.”
As to whether he considers himself a businessman, Bach Told Music Industry Facts“Certainly. I am the president of Get off my Bach productions, and I am the boss of my group. I have a team, I have a guitar tech, a drum tech, a sound man, a tour manager, a monitor, band members… So yes, I’m a businessman. It depends on the interview I’m doing, you know, how I’m going to respond to that, like I said before. But, of course, I’m… Here’s one thing I got to tell you: I sign my own checks. If this is a business article, here’s one thing I’m going to tell you: you’re the person who signs your checks. And it took me years to figure it out. I had, in SKID RANK, accountants that sometimes I didn’t even really know who would take care of all the money and sign my checks for me. And you know what? It’s not cool. I would say that one of the biggest feelings I have is that I’m the guy who signs my checks for my company – no one else has that power, and people have tried to get it. And I’m, like, ‘No, I’m the guy who signs the checks for Sebastian Bach.’ And so that would be advice that I would say would be good to keep.”
Bach before SKID RANK until 1996 when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a break and continued playing briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.
In 1999, SKID RANK reformed and, after a bit of a revamp over the years, presented a range consisting of Bolanguitarists Sabo and Scotti Hillalongside the drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
SKID RANK fired Solingen by telephone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing the ex-DTT singer Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnel left the group and was replaced by a British singer of South African descent PZ Theartwho previously led DRAGON FORCE, TANK and I am I. Art was fired from SKID RANK in February and was replaced by Erik Grönwallwho was previously a member of Swedish hard rock band HEAT
SKID RANKthe new album of, “The Gang is All There”will be released on October 14 via earMUSIC. The band recorded most of the effort in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulineczwho has worked with FOO FIGHTERS, ACID STONE, HALESTORM, EVANESCENCE, RUSH and CHAINED ALICEamong many others.