SKID ROW members Rachel Bolan (bass) and Tony Harnell (vocals) have hit back at the band's "haters," telling them to "fuck off" and stay away from their respective Facebook pages.
Harnell officially joined SKID ROW last month as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, who was the band's frontman for the past fifteen years.
The new SKID ROW lineup made its live debut on May 22 at Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada and performed this past Saturday, May 30 as part of the "Metal Meltdown", an all-new rockin' series in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a post on his Facebook page, Rachel wrote: "To all the haters, trolls and keyboard-banging dipshits, if you don't like me or SKID ROW, stay off the fucking page. I'm sure there's something more constructive you can do with your time, like Pornhub or something. There you can satisfy yourself without being face to face with someone. That's what you do best, right?"
Harnell echoed Bolan's sentiments in a separate post on his own Facebook page. He wrote: "If you don't like the videos or other career stuff I post then don't 'like' it or comment on it! At least I'm out there working. What are you doing and what have you ever done? F**k off!"
In a recent interview with Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast, Bolan stated about SKID ROW's split with Solinger: "It was evident [that it was time for us to go our separate ways]. There were certain things going on out on the road that kind of set us thinking… Things had been going on for a little bit."
He continued: "At certain times, you just get the feeling someone isn't putting a hundred percent into things. And SKID ROW is very important to the rest of us. And we wanted to carry on with quality performances and quality songs, so we decided to make a change."
Regarding how Tony Harnell came to be SKID ROW's new singer, Rachel said: "We've known Tony for years — literally, probably since the beginning of our career. And although I wasn't a big TNT fan, I was a Tony Harnell fan, as [were SKID ROW guitarists] Snake [Dave Sabo] and Scott [Scotti Hill]."
He continued: "When we made the decision to ourselves that we were gonna start looking, Tony's name came up. And I was, like, man, it's so funny, 'cause a couple of years ago, I was up in New Jersey for Christmas and I met with Tony in New York and I had dinner with him and another friend. And we just started talking. And he's, like… He goes… We'd known each for a long time, but at that point we hadn't spoken for a while. He's, like, 'I hear you guys are doing good things. How's it going?' I said, 'It's going pretty cool.' He goes, 'Man, you guys should have called me when you got a new singer [back in 1999].' And I guess that kind of popped up in the back of my head when we knew we were gonna make a change. And we immediately got in touch with Tony."
Asked if SKID ROW is working with Harnell on a "trial" basis or if Tony is "the guy" for the long haul, Rachel said: "He's the guy. I mean, that's where we're at in our heads. It's not a temporary thing. But, you know… [laughs] if get gets sick of us and leaves, then that'll be a different situation. But things are going really well now. And we're very excited. We're very excited about our future, very excited about getting on the road."