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Bon Jovi Named In Skid Row Confusion

Monday, January 16th 2012 14:45

Original Skid Row member doesn't believe that Gary Moore sold the band's name

Original member Brendan ‘Brush’ Sheils has broken his long silence over the confusing fact that there are two bands called Skid Row.

His band, the original band with the name (which featured Gary Moore), released two albums and some singles in the early 70s before a US band with the same name emerged in 1986 with little or no contest from the original Skid Row.

Now Sheils has revealed that Bon Jovi manager, Doc McGhee signed the US band in the late 80s, and they were reportedly signed to a publishing company owned by Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora.

"A couple of years ago,” explains Sheils, "I’m looking at MTV, having a look at this guy Sebastian Bach; somebody asked him a question and he said they paid Gary Moore $35,000 for the use of the name. Now, I know for fact that this is a lie.”

In a new video, Sheils explains that he was told that Jon contacted Moore about the use of the name, who told Bon Jovi that he would have to contact Sheils to explore the issue further.

"All I’m saying is, Jon Bon Jovi – if you’d like to contact me or one of your representatives and explain what happened, and why these guys got to use the name Skid Row without contacting me. Because, when I tried to contact you, I found it impossible most of the time.

"Jon, if you’re out there - from one rock professional to another – give us a call, Brush Shiels, Skid Row, the republic of Ireland.”

Sheils' Skid Row are preparing to release a new album this year and you can not only watch Shiels' video post but also listen to a brand new recording of 'Mad Dog Woman' below:


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