Veteran Dublin band Skid Row play The Wild Duck, Dublin this Sunday, 6 November at 4.00pm with support from The So-Called. We asked Skid Row front man Brush Shields the BIG questions . . .
Brush formed Skid Row in 1967 in Dublin and shortly after Phil Lynott joined as vocalist, and a little bit later 15-year-old Gary Moore was recruited as guitarist, joining Brush on bass and Noel Bridgeman on drums.
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Phil left in 1969 and went on to find immortality in Thin Lizzy while Skid Row continued as a heavy blues progressive power trio and released two albums Skid (1970) and 34 Hours (1971).
They also embarked on two US tours, sharing bills with the Allman Brothers Band, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, and the Stooges among others.
in late 1971, Moore left the group to form The Gary Moore Band and was replaced by Paul Chapman, later of UFO, for a short spell, but soon after Skid Row had to temporarily disband.
Brush has kept the band and the name alive throughout the 70s and 80s up to the present day.
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I'm 77 years old. I'm a double hip replacement elite master's sprinter. I'm founder member/leader of Skid Row.
How would you describe your music?
Heavy blues rock/heavy jazz rock/heavy country rock/heavy folk rock/heavy rock rock.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Paul Desmond/Gerry Mulligan/Oscar Peterson/Ray Brown/Vinnie Burke/JJ Johnson/Kai Winding/Floyd Kramer.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
The Airchords in St Peter's Hall.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Love Me - Elvis Presley.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"Like a rolling stone" - Bob Dylan.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Love Letters - Kitty Lester.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Anywhere in the four corners of the Earth.