According to Rock News Desk, the musician who played with Phil Lynott and Gary Moore in Irish 1960s band SKID ROW has explained his frustration over the US outfit once fronted by Sebastian Bach taking his name.
And he says long-standing stories about Moore having been paid by Jon Bon Jovi for the name are untrue.
Brush Shiels founded his blues-rock act in 1967, and gave Moore his first professional music role. They toured across the US and Canada and released three albums before splitting in 1972.
He’s continued using the Skid Row name and is poised to release a new record under the title. But he’s issued a plea for Jon Bon Jovi or his management to contact him and explain what happened when they decided to call Bach’s band Skid Row in 1986.
Shiels says: “Philo, Gary and myself toured America, playing with FRANK ZAPPA, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, IGGY AND THE STOOGES. ROD STEWART and THE FACES never turned up so we topped the bill. Everybody knew us.
“A couple of years ago, I’m looking at MTV and Sebastian Bach, the ex-singer of the American band Skid Row. He said they paid Gary Moore $35,000 for the use of the name.
“Now, I know for a fact this is a complete lie. I got in touch with Seb, and he said as far as he was concerned it was the truth. But that couldn’t be the truth.
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(Photo above: Shiels, left, with Moore and Lynott in Skid Row)