“What shaped me as an artist began from where I was raised. Texas loves its music: whether it´s country, southern rock or hard core, I embraced them all equally”. And nothing has changed.
Johnny formed his first band, “The Spikes”, in Junior High School, with a Set list which included everything from Bowie to Van Halen, 38 Special to Queen, and even Willie Nelson. In college, at the University of North Texas, he joined “The Party Dolls”, a punk band that catered to Fraternities, Sororities and local clubs. But it was Solinger, his Dallas-based band, which provided him with valuable live and recording experience.
The year 2000 changed the course of Johnny´s life with the joining of Skid Row: “Music is my passion, and I feel blessed to be part of such a creative environment and have such a bond with this group of guys”.
Rachel realized that he wanted to be a performer at a very young age when he went to see Liberace with his parents and Grandmother. “I was only 5 years old, but was taken aback by the energy that filled the venue” Rachel said. It was after that moment he began listening to all the records that his brother and sisters owned.
The first record he purchased was The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. It changed his life. After that he was turned on to the likes of Alice Cooper, Kiss, Sex Pistols and Ramones to name a few. “I listen to everything from Norah Jones to the Dead Kennedys”.
His first band was called Magic after the Anthony Hopkins movie of the same name. Their set was made up of mostly Kiss and AC/DC songs with some ZZ Top and Rod Stewart for a change of pace. His first gig was in 1978 at Manasquan high school in Manasquan, NJ. In 1986 Rachel met Snake and the rest is history. Outside of Skid Row, Rachel produces other bands and writes songs for other artists, sports teams and with Snake writes music for ESPN.
Growing up the youngest of 5 boys in a house constantly filled with music ranging from Elvis Presley to Black Sabbath, it was inevitable that this would have a profound effect on Snake Sabo’s future. “There was always music and there was always comedy. It was pretty awesome!”
He formed many cover bands in his hometown but always knew that he needed to write his own music, not play someone else’s. “ When I was 18 I had a band called ‘Steel Fortune’. We ruled! (not really). We had the distinction of opening up for Metallica’s 1st show ever with Kirk Hammett in my hometown of Sayreville, NJ. A bit of trivia for ya’.”
Meeting Rachel Bolan at a music store in 1986 proved to be missing pieces in both of their musical paths. Quickly forming a friendship and songwriting partnership Skid Row was born.
All these years later the same core principals apply to him as a guitar player as well as a songwriter; commitment at all costs. Be true to yourself and have as much fun as humanly possible.
Outside of Skid Row, Snake manages bands for McGhee Entertainment.
As a kid with three older sisters Scotti Hill was exposed to music from a young age. Hearing the Beatles around the house was a daily routine. Always the showman, Scotti would put on shows for the family singing and dancing. At 13 he picked up the guitar for the first time. From that day forward all he wanted to do was play, learn and become a musician.
On a gut string guitar borrowed from his sisters’ boyfriend he began his journey into music. Seeing his strong interest in music his parents bought him his first electric guitar and encouraged him to pursue what made him happy. So at 16 he left high school to pursue his higher education in the nightclubs of New York. "I would stand in front of the bands and study what the guitarist was doing then go home in the middle of the night and practice what I'd seen earlier that evening.
The following years were spent playing in local bands cutting his teeth. In 1986 he received a call from friend and former band mate Rachel Bolan about a new band he was starting with Snake. "I wanted to land the gig badly and had no intention of letting it slip away. I joined Skid Row the following week".
Rob's musical journey began at an early age in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY. After a family trip to see his first concert featuring Roy Orbison, Rob was hooked. “Shortly after that trip, my parents agreed to kiss any peace and quiet in the house goodbye and get me a set of drums. I'm sure they thought I'd lose interest after a few weeks and probably trade them for a dirt bike or something... Wrong!
”After a few years of constant racket in the house, Rob joined his first band, Blacksmith, with some high school classmates. “We played (or attempted) everything from AC/DC to CCR, Zeppelin to The Scorpions and anything in between... Probably why Phil Rudd and John Bonham are my biggest drum influences to this day. We immediately hit the local bars, roller rinks, and all the backyard parties we could play.”
Later settling in Atlanta, GA, Rob has played with countless bands across the country. Rob spent many years touring and recording with Atlanta rockers Rockets to Ruin and recently toured with Wednesday 13's Gunfire 76. In April, 2010, Rob joined Skid Row.