Skid Row Seek New Singer After Tony Harnell Quits
Less than a year after he joined the lineup, singer Tony Harnell has quit Skid Row.
Harnell broke the news to fans via Facebook, explaining his departure in a pair of posts. "I'm sorry to inform everyone that I'm no longer the lead singer for Skid Row," he wrote in his first update. "I thank the fans for their love and support!"
Soon realizing that brief goodbye note had prompted a wave of speculation regarding his reasons for leaving, Harnell added a follow-up a few hours later. "I was not fired from Skid Row, I quit," he wrote. "Being ignored and disrespected isn't my thing. I had a great time performing with the band and singing so many great songs. I don't regret a thing!"
The remaining band members have yet to issue a comment on Harnell's departure, but their concert calendar could force a quick decision regarding his replacement. Although they don't have a lot of dates lined up, their next show is currently scheduled for Jan. 23, which suggests they could be spending the first few days of the New Year auditioning new singers.
As tends to be the case with veteran bands, Harnell's arrival as Skid Row's singer was greeted with a certain amount of controversy by the fanbase, and while the revised lineup quickly put out a newly recorded version of their early hit "18 & Life" with Harnell at the mic, his tenure was too brief to produce much in the way of new music.
Skid Row's previous singer, Jonny Sollinger, fronted the band for more than 15 years after replacing Sebastian Bach, who handled the vocals for their multiplatinum efforts Skid Row (1989) and Slave to the Grind (1991). Bach's been open to a reunion in recent years, but claims he's been rebuffed by his former bandmates.
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