In a recent interview with Tim Louie, Dave Sabo talked about Skid Row’s new singer Erik Grönwall‘s stage performance and his openness to criticism right after the show.
Skid Row has had its ups and downs throughout its music career. They disbanded when Sebastian Bach parted ways with the group, but after many trials of recruiting and firing members, they eventually formed Skid Row again. The original members, including Sabo and Rachel Bolan, are still part of the band.
Grönwall’s career began when he won the Swedish Idol reality show. He also attracted the attention of the rock and metal fanbase with his version of Skid Row’s ’18 and Life’ performance. Until recently, he was the lead vocalist for H.E.A.T, but it was announced that Erik Grönwall would replace ZP Theart. Shortly after the announcement, they released the title track ‘The Gang’s All Here’ from their new studio album, which will come out in October 2022.
When asked about Grönwall’s performance, Dave Sabo recently said everyone was nervous as it was their first live performance together. However, in the end, everyone was on their feet. He added that the singer texted the band after the show to make sure everyone was happy with his performance as the frontman. Sabo also said it was great that he was so open to criticism from the get-go.
Dave Sabo’s words on Erik Grönwall’s performance:
“The first night, the first half of our set was people going, ‘Hmmm. What’s this all about?’ By the time we were at ‘Monkey Business,’ the third to last song when we had started ‘Monkey Business,’ I knew we had them. We all knew it; we all felt it. And at the end, ‘Youth Gone Wild,’ everybody was on their feet.“
And here’s the great thing about this guy. That show was on a Saturday night, the first show. Sunday morning, he sends out a text to all of us: ‘Can we all get together and discuss last night’s show? You guys let me know what I did wrong, how I can improve, and what you need from me as a frontman.’ And I was, like, ‘That shows so much.’ First of all, that’s a great aspect of his work ethic, to be that open to criticism at such an early stage.”
You can watch the interview below.