Johnny Solinger, Skid Row Singer, Dies at 55

by Emily Morgan
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Johnny Solinger, known for his time as the frontman of Skid Row, has died at just 55. According to the band’s official Facebook account, Solinger died just a month after telling fans he had liver failure. 

“We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger,” it read in part. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us. Much love, Rachel Bolan, ZP Theart, Snake Sabo, Rob Hammersmith, Scotti Hill.”

Solinger found notoriety in the late ’90s when he became Skid Row’s lead singer when the band reformed in 1999. In May of this year, he received the tragic news of his devastating diagnosis. 

In one social media post, he announced the devastating news, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that I let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalised for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good.”

He continued: “As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.” 

Because of a lack of health insurance, Solinger set up a fundraising page to help pay for his medical expenses. Just days before he passed away, he updated his followers about his health. Brian Lawrence, who managed the page, also wrote: “He will get a new catheter for dialysis, the blood clot in his leg taken care of and a vessel in his heart fixed.”

Fans, Family & Friends Mourn the Loss of Skid Row Frontman

Solinger became the lead singer Skid Row three years after the band after the former frontman, Sebastian Bach, left the group. Solinger was also included on Thickskin in 2003 and Revolutions Per Minute in 2006. His voice is also on two EP’s: 2013’s United World Rebellion and Rise of the Damnation Army in 2014. 

Solginer left the band to pursue solo work in April of 2015 and was replaced with TNT singer Tony Harnell, who later quit the band eight months later. 

As for his personal life, he was reportedly married to Paula Marcenaro Solinger, an actress who starred in the 2021 Amazon Prime film The Pizza Joint and Girl Next. They got married in 2011. 

After the news broke of Solinger’s death, she posted to her Instagram story, writing, “The reality is, you will grieve forever.” She also added, “You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered.”

Additionally, other users have taken to social media to pay their respects to Solinger. Michael Sweet, guitarist and lead singer of Stryper and also the former singer and guitarist for Boston, took to social media to honor Solinger. “So sorry to hear about the passing of Johnny Solinger. Many prayers and thoughts to Johnny’s family, friends and fans worldwide.”