According to Your Houston News, former SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger is working with The Woodlands, Texas location of School Of Rock, the nation’s leading after-school music program.
“I’ve really embraced this as the next journey in my life,” said Solinger. “I want to continue making my country records, but I’m a lucky man because I can continue to do both, playing and passing it on.”
He added: “I know there are still rock fans in the new generation. I joined my first band in junior high, so I want to give kids the lessons they need to be rock stars in their own right.”
Solinger fronted SKID ROW from 1999 to early 2015. Following the split with the band, Solinger moved to The Woodlands in order to be closer to his two children.
SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement.
Harnell announced his departure from SKID ROW on Tuesday (December 29), writing on his Facebook page: “I’m sorry to inform everyone that I’m no longer the lead singer for SKID ROW. I thank the fans for their love and support!” He added in a separate post a couple of hours later: “I was not fired from SKID ROW. I quit. Being ignored and disrespected isn’t my thing. I had a great time performing with the band and singing so many great songs. I don’t regret a thing!”
SKID ROW later said in a statement that they “found out about [Tony‘s] decision the same way all of [the fans] did, via his post on social media. He had posted that he was no longer in the band before informing the band personally.” They added: “That being said, we are all moving forward and wish Tony the best in his future endeavors.
Harnell’s rumored replacement in SKID ROW is the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I).