Skid Row’s Rachel Bolan Addresses The Reasons Behind Concert Delays

In a recent interview with Neil Jones of TotalRock, Skid Row’s bassist Rachel Bolan reflected on the spate of concert postponements that have affected the band.

The band chose to delay several concerts in their December 2023 tour with Buckcherry following an outbreak of the flu and COVID-19 among various band and crew members. When asked about the current condition of everyone, Bolan responded:

“Everyone’s getting there. I was one of the first ones to get sick, and it was just one of those things. It was a short run. It was the third leg of the Skid Row-Buckcherry tour. And it’s just one of those things. You’re on a tour bus, and one guy gets sick, and it just runs like wildfire. I woke up and — you know when you wake up, and you’re, like, ‘I’m sick. I have something.'”

Taking A Necessary Break

Detailing how other members and the crew  contracted the flu and COVID-19, he continued:

“And I tried to tough it out and first thought it was a flu, then ended up with COVID, and then a couple other guys got the flu. And when it started spreading like really fast to our crew and stuff, we’re, like, ‘Well, we need to reschedule shows.’ So this band just needs a break. We got a hard restart for 2024.”

Adding to the band’s challenges, guitarist Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo underwent neck surgery in December 2022, replacing two discs. Speaking of how Sabo is doing now, the musician added:

“Yeah, he had two discs replaced. And he’s doing fine with that, but then he got sick on the road now.”

Postponement Of Tour Dates

Last month, Skid Row had to cancel their concert in Denver, Colorado, due to these health issues. The band expressed their disappointment and offered apologies to their fans in Denver, reassuring them about refunds and expressing gratitude for their support and loyalty. They said the following on social media:

“We regret to inform you that the Skid Row show scheduled for today, December 12, at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, has been canceled due to various band members getting the flu. We are truly disappointed that we can’t perform as planned, and we appreciate your understanding. Buckcherry and Stretch will still be performing tonight, as scheduled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience our cancellation may cause.”

Later, Skid Row also announced the postponement of additional U.S. tour dates in Boise, ID; Reno, NV; and Wheatland, CA to 2024. These decisions were made prioritizing the well-being of everyone involved, with the band asking for understanding and patience from their fans.