Posted by JT
Skid Row announced last week that former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell had been hired to replace Johnny Solinger behind the mic. Solinger has decided to focus on his solo career, which is geared more toward southern rock and country music than hair metal. With Skid Row since 1999, he recorded two full-length albums (Thickskin and Revolutions Per Minute) and two EPs (United World Rebellion: Chapter One and Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two).
Harnell’s resume with TNT dates back to the mid-1980s, and he has also worked with Starbreaker and Westworld, as well as releasing four solo albums. Now with Skid Row, the first offering is a re-recording of one of the band’s most classic singles, “18 & Life.” I may be in the minority, but I love what the group is doing here. Putting to rest any rumors of a Sebastian Bach reunion by quickly announcing a new singer and releasing a new track—even if it is an old song—shows that the group is moving forward.
Bach has a nice solo career of his own, even if it took forever to start. He left Skid Row in 1996, but it was not until 2007 that a new studio album was released by the singer. That record, Angel Down was all sorts of fantastic. The two albums since then have fallen short, but he continues to tour and draws large crowds (albeit at smaller venues than he used to play).
The new recording of “18 & Life” not only shows that the group is moving on, but that Harnell is up to the task. No, he is not Sebastian Bach. Guess what? Bach ’15 is not Bach ’89 either. This re-recording is faithful to the original and Harnell handles the vocals perfectly. Solinger labored for fifteen years with Skid Row and handled his duites well despite a lack of respect from supposed fans. Hopefully Harnell can be seen as a legitimate replacement and will garner the respect that he deserves.