Happy Birthday today (Sept. 16) to guitarist Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo of Skid Row. He’s 53. Also celebrating is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair (69).

Dave Sabo grew up in Sayerville, NJ, down the street from Jon Bon Jovi. Jon Bon Jovi was instrumental in helping Sabo secure a record deal on Atlantic Records for the band. 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. The band’s current lineup in 2017 consists of Bolan, Sabo, and Hill with Rob Hammersmith on drums. In January 2017, singer ZP Theart (ex Dragonforce frontman) was officially named news singer for Skid Row. Cheers to Snake on his birthday today!

For more on Skid Row, check out the band’s official website here.

Ron Blair
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