There was a very nice event that bound me a lot with 4 bands at the same time… I used to like them, but, I wasn’t so hooked with them until this. It was the ” Moscow Music Peace Festival ” in 1989… I remember that I heard it at 88.9, at the time, my favorite radio station. Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Motley Crue and Cinderella all together playing a great repertory. Actually this concert included some other artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Scorpions but I remember the broadcast just included the 4 that I mentioned before. I taped the concert and played it again and again and again… heard some songs that I didn’t heard before and inspired me to learn more about those bands. Many of us have listen many Bon Jovi songs, all we know what kind of band is this… I don’t think I need to explain it. I’d rather prefer to give a deeper look to the other ones, specially Skid Row, actually this past weeks I’ve been listening them a lot, just remembering…
Skid Row is one of my top 5 hard rock bands ever, all the instruments play a great role in the music, and what about the voice of Sebastian Bach? damn bastard!! that’s a gift! At the time of the Moscow Concert, Skid Row had just released the “Skid Row” album, which all we know mostly because of the “18 and Life” hyper mega hit, actually a great song, with great lyrics. Once in an interview, S Bach said something like ” we never though that there were so much rickys out there” refering to Ricky, the boy on wich the song’s lyrics develops… I like this song but, at this moment, I prefered much more “Youth Gone Wild” and “Making a Mess” these were much more aggresive songs and I loved them. Time after the Moscow concert, about one and a half years I think, they released the “Slave to the grind” album, even having more ballads, this album showed much more the great compositional hability of Sabo and Bolan, hard rock genius!, songs like “The Threat”, “Slave to the Grind”, “Wasted Time”, “In a darkened Room”, “Psycho Love”,”Monkey Business”, are just great! It’s a little sad that the band didn’t produced more records during the S Bach era, because he was a great ingredient for the final result, The last Skid Row album with Bach was the “Subhuman Race” in 1995, wich actually, includes my favorite Skid Row’s song “Into Another”, and some others I really enjoy, like : “Eileen”, “Breakin’ Down”, “Frozen”. After this album I really lost my interest for the band, think that the “Bach, Bolan, Sabo” combo was the key for this band; without one of them, the rest are incomplete…
Here are some samples of what I mean:
Youth Gone Wild
Making a Mess (not so good audio, but from the gig @ moscow)
Slave to the Grind
I remember you
Again, you can see the energy put into the gigs, tell me if isn’t it the best of all?
Hope you enjoy it!
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