SKID ROW Guitarist: Getting SEBASTIAN BACH Back 'Was Never Even A Consideration'

John Foxworthy of Garage Radio recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Garage Radio: You've got a new album out now, "Revolutions Per Minute", and it sounds really good. I'm really liking your new singer, Johnny.

Scotti: Johnny kicks ass, dude! Let me just start by saying he's been in the band for six years now and we've really developed a tight friendship and working relationship and all that. I sat in there and watched him record every track for this record, because he was kickin' so much ass. He was in and out of there in no time.

Garage Radio: So, was it hard to find a replacement for Sebastian Bach ... to find someone that went with SKID ROW's style?

Scotti: Well, we were mainly looking for somebody that could do justice to the old music, that had a voice of his own and somebody we could all get along with ... three things that don't really go well together. We really seem to pull it off, man. Johnny's a bro, he's one of the guys, we're family and he's great at what he does, man. I got some mad respect for him.

Garage Radio: Before you brought Johnny in, were you guys even considering going back and talking to Sebastian?

Scotti: No. That was never even a consideration. It just wasn't even something we wanted to explore, you know? I remember the particular day that Snake and I were having a conversation about doing something with SKID ROW and we said, "Well, there's just one thing we had to change." So we went out looking for another singer ... fully aware people were gonna be pissed off and upset, but if people are working together and they don't get along it's probably just as well not to do it. We always try to be honest with our band and I think that would be a fake thing, you know?

Garage Radio: Right...

Scotti: ...People say, "Yeah, but dude ... you'll make lots of money," and that's great. I'd love to have a whole truckload of money, but not if that's what it's gonna take.

Garage Radio: Yeah ... all the money in the world's no good if you're all miserable together, eh?

Scotti: Right ... and what the fans have to understand. And I was having a conversation with a girl the other night at a show and she said to me, "It took a couple of years to realize that I can listen to both you guys. I can go see Sebastian Bach and I can go see SKID ROW." And that's what people need to realize. If you don't like SKID ROW without Sebastian Bach, don't bother with it. They don't have to choose favorites. Go see him when he comes to town, man. The guy's good at what he does and he puts on a fuckin' hell of a show. There's plenty of room for everybody.

Garage Radio: So, with the whole album in general, how do you think people are receiving it so far?

Scotti: It's left and right, dude. They either love it or hate it. That's pretty much what we expected, because it's all over the place. There's no direct theme through the album. It's just kind of a little mish-mosh of everything. A lot of feedback we're getting is that it's totally cool, it's way different than anything we've done and other people are like, "This totally sucks. It's way different than everything you've done."

Garage Radio: I can still feel SKID ROW in it, but you guys have kinda strayed away. The last time I listened to you guys was "Slave To The Grind". As a matter of fact, with all the shit that was going on with your then singer, I really didn't know if you were gonna come out with another album at that point.

Scotti: Yeah. A lot of people aren't aware of what's going on and they're starting to catch on. It's all good, man. We're all happy, we're having fun. That's why I do this, man. I got a job that I really like and I'm gonna stick with it for a while.

Read the entire interview at GarageRadio.com.

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