Lzzy Hale Debuts as Skid Row's Lead Singer

Skid Row rose to fame during the heyday of glam rock and hair metal, with their first two albums dominating charts, all over rock radio and their faces regularly showing up on MTV. They also toured aggressively, including opening spots for the likes of Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses.

Through the band’s long career, however, they’ve also been somewhat infamous for their rotating list of frontmen. While the controversial Sebastian Bach was the original lead singer, in the years since they’ve featured the late Johnny Solinger, Tony Harnell of TNT, ZP Theart of DragonForce and most recently Erik Grönwall, who had previously stolen the show on Swedish Idol in 2009. Sadly, health issues forced Grönwall to step down in March of this year with several shows already booked.

In response, Skid Row has decided for the first time not to name a new frontman. Instead, they’ve recruited a frontwoman, with metal goddess Lzzy Hale of Halestorm taking over vocals for the group's scheduled shows.

Hale performed her first show with the band on Friday in Carterville, IL. The band was billed at the show as Skid Row x Lzzy Hale, but the setlist was classic Skid Row with one small exception. It kicked off with the 1991 single “Slave the Grind” and featured a mix of their classic hits and newer tracks, all made unique by Lzzy’s signature vocals.

Skid Row X Lzzy Hale perform "Slave to the Grind" at the kick off show

The obvious singles were there: “Slave to the Grind” but also “18 and Life,” “Time Bomb,” classic power ballad “I Remember You,” “The Gang’s All Here,” and “Monkey Business,” which closed out the main set. The band also mixed in songs like “Big Guns” which despite getting a music video was never officially released a single, “Resurrected,” and “Makin’ a Mess.”

Skid Row X Lzzy Hale perform "Makin' A Mess" at the kickoff show

The only non-original Skid Row song that made the cut was a cover over The Ramones’ “Psycho Therapy.” The band has been covering that song in concert since 1991, even releasing it as a B-side to “Youth Gone Wild.” Their version was also later released on the collection B-side Ourselves in 1992 which led to a music video that actually featured a cameo by Joey Ramone.

The two song encore was “Riot Act” and the band’s very first single, “Youth Gone Wild.” A fitting closer, “Youth Gone Wild” also featured Lzzy’s Halestorm bandmate Joe Hottinger on guitar.

Skid Row X Lzzy Hale perform "Youth Gone Wild" with Joe Hottinger of Halestorm

This epic metal collaboration has two more shows booked, May 31 in Sparks, NV and June 1 at Hard Rock Live Sacramento. There’s been no announcement of whether or not Lzzy will continue on vocal duties for the band in the future or if we’ll see someone else get a chance to take the mic, so if you want to make sure you see her in her glam rock era do it now. There’s still tickets available for both shows and you can find out more on Skid Row’s website.

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Otherwise, Halestorm are playing dates with I Prevail starting in July and running through October, including a few stops at major festivals along the way. You can check their schedule and grab those tickets on their website.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2024, 18:35 Etc/UTC