Happy Birthday today (Feb. 9) to Rachel Bolan. The Skid Row bassist and main songwriter is 52. In remembrance, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (drummer for Avenged Sevenfold) would have been 37 today.

Born James Richard Southworth, Rachel Bolan’s stage name ‘Bolan’ is a tribute to T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan, one of his childhood heroes.  Skid Row formed out of Toms River, NJ back in 1986. The band was very successful during the late 80’s and early 90’s. During this time, the band released two multi-platinum albums with the lineup of Rachel Bolan (bass), Sebastian Bach (vocals), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar), Scotti Hill (guitar), and Rob Affuso (drums). Skid Row has sold 20 million albums worldwide.

Back in 2015, Tony Harnell (ex singer of TNT ) was on vocals. He had been announced as new lead singer in April of 2015 but that would be short lived. ZP Theart (ex singer for metal band DragonForce had been covering vocal duties after Harnell's departure, and after about a year was officially announced as the new frontman for Skid Row. We reported this recently on the Metal Box. As a longtime Skid Row fan, I had been holding out hope for an original lineup reunion with Sebastian Bach on vocals and Rob Affuso behind the drum kit but I guess that ain't looking too good at the moment. One can dream can't we? Cheers to Rachel Bolan on his birthday today!

Skid Row return to the Chance in Poughkeepsie on April 14. Get tickets here.

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
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