Do you know who Rachel Bolan is?
He is the bass player of the excellent heavy-metal band Skid Row.
Skid Row are scheduled to play a show in Tokyo on 2014 April 14th to promote their latest album “United World Rebellion: Chapter One“!
This will be Skid Row‘s first visit to Japan since 1995. Nineteen years ago!
Today, Rachel Bolan was kind enough to answer some questions from me for an interview!
My questions are in red. Rachel Bolan‘s answers are in black.
1. Could you give us a self-introduction, please?
Rachel Bolan, co-founder, bass player and song writer for Skid Row.
2. The new Skid Row release “United World Rebellion: Chapter One” is quite good. Will there be a “Chapter Two” ?
Thank you. There will be 3 chapters in all. As a matter of fact, we just finished up recording “United World Rebellion – Chapter Two”. We are very excited about it!
3. What music / albums do you listen to most often these days?
Lately I have been listening to an artist named Gin Wigmore. She’s great!
I also listen to the music that I grew up with. KISS, The Ramones, Aerosmith, Queen, etc.
4. Do you like Japanese food? Have you ever tried Tokyo’s original dish “Monja-yaki“?
I love food in general, but Japanese is one of my favorites. Japanese meals always seem so well balanced.
I haven’t had Monja-yaki, but would like to try it. I think every culture has a dish similar to it. My Uncle used to make something like it. It didn’t have dough in it however. Just egg as a binder.
I’m getting hungry. Haha.
5. Skid Row is scheduled to play a show at the O-East club in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, Japan. Could you give us a preview of what fans can expect at that show, set-list-wise and otherwise?
We usually try to play something from every album. That gets more difficult as time goes on because our catalog keeps growing and I can’t see us playing a 4 hour show. Haha.
We will play all the songs that you would expect us to play. Some new songs as well as some deep tracks. Lots of energy on stage because we love what we do! We may be getting older, but we haven’t slowed down a bit.
6. The last time Skid Row toured Japan was in 1995, wasn’t it? Why did it take so long for you to finally return?
That’s right. Almost 20 years since our last visit. I have no idea why it’s taken so long. We’ve always had such an amazing time.
I wish we were playing more than one show on this trip. We’ll make sure it doesn’t take another 20 years until we play there again.
7. How many times have you been to Tokyo? Are there any sites that you’re particularly looking forward to revisiting? Or some places in Tokyo that you haven’t seen yet that you would like to visit?
I believe I’ve been to Tokyo 6 times.
I hope to get back to Kiddieland if its still there!! (It is. It’s actually not too far of a walk from the venue you’ll be playing at!)
Also, Akihabara. I like to check out all the gadgets.
I have never been to Tsukiji fish market. I’d really like to see it.
8. How do the fans in Japan compare to those in other countries?
It’s funny. I’ve been asked that question by many journalists from many different countries. The answer is always the same. Skid Row fans are awesome in every country we go and very similar except for the language they speak. We have the most dedicated fans in the world. That’s why we called the trilogy ” United World Rebellion “.
9. Do you receive a lot of fan-mail from Japan?
We do get quite a bit of email from Japan via Facebook and such.
10. Do you have a message for the fans in Japan?
I just want everyone to know how excited we are to return to your incredible country. And how much we appreciate your unconditional support over the past 25 years.
There’s not a night I step on stage that I don’t think how great a life that has been afforded to me because of fans like you. I mean that from the bottom of my heart!
Thanks again to Rachel Bolan for taking time to answer my questions. These are great answers! Very interesting interview! I look forward to your show next month!
Thanks also to Skid Row‘s webmaster, Noel Saabye to getting me in contact with Mr. Bolan.