Skid Row vocalist Johnny Solinger announced this evening via his official Facebook page that he has parted ways with Skid Row. Johnny had this to say:
“I have decided to leave SKID ROW to pursue my solo career. The past 15 years has been a great experience and I have appreciated the opportunity to be the lead singer in one of the most prominent bands of the 1990s and share stages with the likes of AEROSMITH, BON JOVI and KISS, performing in front of millions throughout the world. I wish SKID ROW the best of luck in their future pursuits.”
Rachel Bolan and Dave “The Snake” announced this evening on Eddie Trunk’s that Solinger’s replacement would be none other than former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell.
When asked about joining forces with SKID ROW Harnell said, “I’m so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It’s time to rock!”
I’ll be honest. Hearing this news came clear out of nowhere for me but I can honestly say that shit just got real… REALLY fucking real. Tony Harnell is a monster vocalist and in all honesty I couldn’t think of a better replacement for Solinger. Hell, Skid Row just earned even more respect from me for not back peddling and getting Sebastian Bach back in the game. Matter of fact, it gives me great pleasure to think that somewhere out there, Sebastian Bach is throwing a hissy fit while proclaiming that he is still the “voice of Skid Row.”
I’ve always been a huge fan and supporter of Johnny Solinger and I wish him nothing but the best of luck. As for Skid Row moving forward with Tony Harnell, I can only imagine how this is all going to sound but in my mind, it sounds like a big ass cup of win! Stay tuned for more news on this as I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more in the upcoming days.