New SKID ROW singer Erik Grönwall spoke to Liz Berg of Smarts & Leisure about what it has been like for him to hitch his favourite band and instantly begin engaged on a brand new album, together with starting to organize for SKID ROW‘s present Las Vegas residency because the assist act for the SCORPIONS. “It is insane,” he stated (as transcribed by Phoosi.com). “Surreal, undoubtedly. I grew up listening to SKID ROW, and once I needed to turn out to be a singer, I used to be attempting to sing like [former SKID ROW singer] Sebastian Bach. And that is what I did. I did that at karaoke nights [back home in Sweden]. So it is simply surreal, as a result of I come into the band and I began to do a brand new album immediately. I do not simply should rehearse the previous songs; I am doing a brand new album. So it is my voice on that. It is surreal, and I am so honored.”
Grönwall joined SKID ROW simply weeks in the past because the alternative for ZP Theart, who had been within the group for greater than six years.
SKID ROW performed its first present with Grönwall on March 26. Throughout its nine-song set, SKID ROW carried out its new single, “The Gang’s All Right here”, which was made obtainable final month. The music is the title monitor of the band’s upcoming album, which can arrive on October 14 by way of earMUSIC.
SKID ROW recorded most of “The Gang’s All Right here” in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has beforehand labored with FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR, HALESTORM, EVANESCENCE, RUSH and ALICE IN CHAINS, amongst many others.
SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan just lately advised Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station about Grönwall‘s addition to the band: “Simply the best way he does issues and his work ethic is one I’ve by no means seen apart from the 4 of us which are already within the band. He simply would not cease till he will get issues completely proper. Whether or not it is his model, what he thinks is correct, or what we predict is correct, he works arduous — he works arduous. And you may see why he had the success he did abroad as a result of he is a very, actually hard-working singer that takes care of his instrument and that takes pleasure in his craft.”
Rachel additionally mirrored on SKID ROW‘s first stay efficiency with Grönwall, saying: “Actually, dude, from the minute he opened his mouth… His timing is impeccable. We knew it was gonna be cool. And every present has gotten even higher, ‘trigger we’re studying one another’s rhythm on stage. Once I walked away from that present, I stated to Erik, I am going, ‘This was present one. I can not look forward to present 100. It is gonna be superb.'”
Bolan beforehand talked about how Erik got here to hitch SKID ROW throughout an look on the most recent episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation L.A. Invasion”, recorded simply hours earlier than SKID ROW‘s first efficiency with the Swedish singer. “We toured collectively. H.E.A.T. was on tour with SKID ROW. What 12 months was that? ’18? And we would hear him each night time from the dressing room,” he stated. “And a few occasions, I used to be, like, ‘Man, take heed to this man sing. He is phenomenal.’ After which, I neglect who advised me, somebody that was with us, ‘Yeah, he gained ‘Idol’ in Sweden.’ And I used to be, like, ‘Man, he is acquired pipes.’ And I used to be listening. Then I went behind the monitor board a few occasions. And in my head, I am, like, ‘Wow! When SKID ROW has some downtime, I am gonna get in contact with this dude and begin a facet challenge with him.’ And clearly, that by no means occurred. However as time went on and we acquired to the purpose to the place we have been with ZP and stuff, Erik was our first… I advised Snake, I am going, ‘We have gotta test this man out.’ And together with Snake and the remainder of the blokes, and Nick, our producer, Nick Raskulinecz, have been, like, ‘He is the man, man. Ship him some songs.’ So we despatched him some songs that we have been recording, simply with a information vocal on it, and it got here again about 24 hours later, and we have been, like, ‘All proper. He is the man. Get him on a airplane. Let’s do that.'”
Grönwall sang on H.E.A.T.‘s final 4 studio albums — “Tackle The Nation” (2012), “Tearing Down The Partitions” (2014), “Into The Nice Unknown” (2017) and “H.E.A.T II” (2020) — earlier than exiting the group in October 2020.
Grönwall was identified with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021. A short while later, he wrote on his social media: “I’m extraordinarily privileged and grateful to stay at a day and age the place a illness like that is curable. There’s been a lot progress made on this subject. My physique is reacting nicely to the therapy but it surely’s a protracted therapy and it is going to be the hardest problem of my life to this point, for me and my household.”
Final September, Grönwall launched his cowl model of SKID ROW‘s “18 And Life” by way of all streaming platforms. On the time, he stated about his model of the monitor: “This music was mainly the start line of my skilled profession as an artist. I carried out this music throughout my ‘Swedish Idol’ audition again in 2009. 12 years later it is time to give this dangerous boy a strive once more. Here is my model of the SKID ROW music ’18 And Life’.”
In 2018, Grönwall debuted within the U.S. for 10 million viewers in NBC‘s stay broadcast of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s and Tim Rice‘s musical “Jesus Christ Celebrity”. Together with John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles and others, Erik performed the important thing position of Simon Zealotes.