Musician who led band with Lynott and Moore issues plea for star to explain how his band’s title was taken

Skid Row

More use for a name: Shiels, left, with Moore and Lynott in Skid Row

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 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 explain what happened when they formed and funded Bach’s band and called it 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.

“The late Gary Moore told me Jon Bon Jovi asked him if it was alright to use the name. Gary said it was nothing to do with him and he’d have to ring me. For some reason, Jon Bon Jovi never rang me.

“If anyone knows him, let him get in touch with me and tell me if this is true: did Jon Bon Jovi ring Gary Moore and ask him could he use the name Skid Row, and did the late Gary Moor tell Jon Bon Jovi it had nothing to do with him and he’d have to ring me?

“I don’t think for a minute he’d be as disrespectful as to not to bother contacting me. But he’d know for a fact under no circumstances could anyone use the name Skid Row except for us.”

Shiels insists of the $35,000 story: “That never happened.”

But he continues: “I have a new Skid Row album coming out and I want it sorted out once and for all. I’d expect somebody from Jon Bon Jovi’s office to say, ‘There’s been a misunderstanding, something’s happened.’ I don’t know what it is, but I must be entitled to use the name Skid Row.

“Jon, if you’re out there, from one professional to another, give me a call. I’d appreciate it.”

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