Erik Grönwall Breaks Silence On Skid Row Split

Erik Grönwall took to Facebook to explain his decision to depart from Skid Row after the band’s recent announcement.

The singer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2021 and had a stem cell transplantation later that year. He gave his health as the ‘main reason’ for his exit from the band, writing:

“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.”

Erik Explains His Immune System Challenges

Grönwall gave further information about his current health:

“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 a while to build up that resistance again, but my immune system is getting stronger every day. However, I’m still doing regular checkups (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.”

Grönwall Prioritized Health Over Career

The rocker talked about how much he loves the tour life:

“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.”⠀

Erik ended his message by mentioning his future plans:

“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, and I’m proud to be able to say that I kept my promise to him. Health first!”

The singer commented after Skid Row revealed they would replace him. The band then introduced Lzzy Hale as their new singer for the next four shows. Lzzy said she was honored to join Skid Row and wished Erik the best for the future.