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LZZY HALE: I’m unable to commit to a permanent role in SKID ROW


HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale has reflected on the four shows she just played as the vocalist of SKID ROW, saying the experience will live with her forever.

The 40-year-old singer, who has fronted her band HALESTORM for more than two and a half decades, handled the vocal duties for SKID ROW after the group’s fourth frontman since Sebastian Bach‘s departure — “Swedish Idol” contestant Erik Grönwall — quit the band to focus on his health.

Yesterday (Monday, June 3), Hale took to her social media to share a few photos of her time with SKID ROW and she included the following message: “My soul is still buzzing from the crazy ride I was just on.

“Thank you so much to RachelSnakeScottiRob, their amazing crew and the entire SKID ROW fan base for putting your trust in me. Thank you for bringing me into your tribe, and allowing me to live inside your legacy for a moment.

“What started out as friends helping out friends, bloomed into something bigger than any of us could’ve imagined.

“I’m overflowing with gratitude.

“This experience of getting to deep dive into SKID ROW has given me a rare opportunity to deepen my love for these men I get to call friends. And the soul bonding moments we created together musically will live with me forever.

“And even though this particular time in my life prevents me from committing to a permanent role in SKID ROW…I am sending in my official request to the universe that we will be able to join forces again down the road.

“With Love and Loud Music, Lzzy Hale“.

During an appearance on the May 23 episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”Lzzy stated about what it was like to play her first two shows as the vocalist of SKID ROW: “The response has been amazing. And I’m hearing from people that have been seeing SKID ROW since 1987 and are just raving about what I bring to the table. So, for me, it is friends helping out friends, but it’s also this beautiful milestone in my life where I’m literally being challenged to fill in the shoes that I’ve always wanted to fill from being a kid. So it’s wonderful.”

Asked by host Eddie Trunk if Sebastian Bach‘s singing on SKID ROW‘s classic records had an impact on her as a vocalist, Lzzy said: “Oh, absolutely. All I wanted to be as a singer growing up was a dude in an ’80s hair band. Not a chick in an ’80s hair band, but I wanted to be the dude. I wanted to be Sebastian Bach, I wanted to be Tom Keifer [CINDERELLA], these men that held the world in their hands when they hit those high notes… But, yeah, it’s crazy because I think about it. Then after it was made official, I’m feeling in for these dates, Rachel [BolanSKID ROW bassist] and Snake [SKID ROW guitarist Dave Sabo] sent me the set and ‘here’s all the songs we’re gonna sing.’ And this is such a beautiful opportunity because I get to deep dive. Now I am forced into having to deep dive on these records and the inflections of Sebastian Bach‘s vocals, the arrangements, the timing. So I was literally treating it like it was an Olympic sport. I’m on the stationary bike singing SKID ROW, making sure I can get through a set, making sure the high notes are there. And it was crazy, ’cause I’ve been annoying the hell out of my bandmates because they’ve been widowers to SKID ROW for the past couple weeks, ’cause that’s all I’ve been doing and listening to. So they know all the words too. But, yeah, it’s just really wonderful. And then to be able to perform these songs with these guys who are the same… It’s the same thing. These boys are perpetually 15. We’re all in a bus together. I’m on tour with the band. This is crazy to me. So my young self is screaming, because it’s, like, ‘Can you believe it?’ And I also feel this immense calm and comfort with these guys. And to be able to deep dive with Rachel and Snake on the lyrics and how certain songs came about. We talked about ‘Quicksand Jesus’ and how ‘Monkey Business’ was made and recorded with [producer] Michael Wagener. So it’s been a beautiful experience for me. And I would have done it just for the sake of helping somebody out, but now it feels almost selfish to me, because I’m getting so much out of this experience. [Laughs]”

Regarding what the most challenging aspect has been about performing with SKID ROWLzzy said: “I think the most challenging aspect for me — actually, there’s a couple of things, because, really, in a whole, all of this has been a challenge for me. But a few things are… I really wanted to see what it was like to perform an entire set without playing an instrument except for vocals, which I’ve never actually done. I’ve guested with people and got up and sang songs without playing a guitar or a keyboard, but I’ve never — literally like stepping into somebody else’s shoes. Not only am I getting up and singing these songs, but I’m also fronting the band. I’m in charge of keeping the energy levels up and the breaks in between the songs, making sure everything’s said. And so that’s a challenge. But I think that the biggest one for me is, in the moment, making sure that I’m not freaking myself out too much over… Songs like ‘I Remember You’, everybody knows that song inside and out. So there’s a there’s a fine line between… I really wanted to honor everything in that song and not take liberties and make it into my own these. These are songs that everybody knows. So really just kind of keeping conscious of that, whereas I’m not getting up and covering SKID ROW songs, I’m getting up and making them into the best versions of what they actually are. So that’s been a beautiful challenge as well. And you know me, I like saying yes to adventure. (Laughs) I’ll usually say yes to jump off the cliff before I know if there’s a parachute. (Laughs)”

Lzzy made her live debut with SKID ROW on May 17 at Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort in Carterville, Illinois.

SKID ROW parted ways with Swedish singer Erik Grönwall earlier this year. The band’s longtime friend Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM will be taking over vocal duties for the upcoming scheduled four concerts.

Erik decided that the travel and rigors of the road is not conducive to his overall health and recovery, and wants to focus on a lifestyle that is more amenable for his well-being, healing and family.

The SKID ROW members said in a statement that they are “proud of what they have created and accomplished with Erik over the past two years” and “wish nothing but the best to him and his health. To celebrate the last two years, the band will be releasing a live album that perfectly captures this moment of time in the band’s 35-plus-year history, to be announced soon.”

Erik Grönwall, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2021, has offered a lengthy explanation for his decision to leave SKID ROW, saying that he wanted to focus on his “full recovery”.

Yesterday (Wednesday, March 27), the 36-year-old Swedish singer shared the following statement via his social media: “Yes, I have decided to leave SKID ROW. The main reason being that it’s proved difficult to prioritize my health and full recovery as the lead singer of the band. ⠀⠀

“In 2021 I was undergoing treatment against leukemia and that gave me a superpower called perspective. I decided to use that perspective and write down the values I wanted to live by for the rest of my life. On top of that list it says ‘health first’.⠀⠀

“I’ve had to look at that list a lot of times this last year, questioning if I’m really living according to my values. At the end of the day I realized the answer was no. ⠀⠀

“As a result of the treatments and transplant my immune system was impaired. You can think of my immune system as a 4 year old kid bringing home all kinds of viruses from preschool. It takes awhile to build up that resistance again but my immune system is getting stronger every day. However I’m still doing regular check ups (blood tests) at the hematology department in Sweden, which has proved challenging while keeping up with the SKID ROW schedule. I have way too much respect for my medical history to push myself to the limit.⠀

“I love SKID ROW, I have nothing but respect for the guys in the band but I love and respect my health more. I understand that SKID ROW is a touring band but like I told the guys: ‘if I can’t prioritize my health, then I’m not the right guy for the job’.⠀⠀

“Please note, I’m NOT sick and it’s not that I don’t want to tour. I love being on the road. And of course we have tried to find the right balance together but at the end of the day I realized that it was better for me to step aside. ⠀

“So now I’m going to focus on my full recovery, and come back stronger than ever. Meanwhile I’m finalizing my biography. And I’m going to start writing my own music again. ⠀⠀

“Lastly, once again thank you to everyone who accepted me as the singer of this iconic band. ⠀⠀

“Always remember that no job, no money, no fame is worth your health or well being. Health first always. I owe this decision to the guy in the second picture  in the post below and I’m proud to be able to say that I kept my promise to him. Health first!”

Lzzy said: “I’m stepping in for a few dates as the lead singer in SKID ROW! What an honor to call them my friends and a privilege to be sharing the stage with them!

Erik, I wish you all the magic on your next adventure.

“Now… which leather pants to wear?!!”

SKID ROW shows with Lzzy Hale on lead vocals:

May 17 – Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort – Carterville, IL
May 18 – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – Riverside, IA
May 31 – Nugget Casino Resort – Sparks, NV
June 01 – Hard Rock Live Sacramento – Wheatland, CA

Erik Grönwall, famously went from auditioning for the competition show “Swedish Idol” back in 2009 by singing a cover of SKID ROW‘s “18 And Life” to now fronting the band.

Grönwall joined SKID ROW as the replacement for ZP Theart, who had been in the group for more than six years.

In March 2022, SKID ROW released its first single with Grönwall“The Gang’s All Here”. The song is the title track of the band’s latest album, which arrived in October via earMUSIC.

SKID ROW recorded most of “The Gang’s All Here” in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERSSTONE SOURHALESTORMEVANESCENCERUSH and ALICE IN CHAINS, among many others.

“The Gang’s All Here” track listing:

01. Hell Or High Water
02. The Gang’s All Here
03. Not Dead Yet
04. Time Bomb
05. Resurrected
06. Nowhere Fast
07. When The Lights Come On
08. Tear It Down
09. October’s Song
10. World’s On Fire

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