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20 Questions With Scotti Hill, 7/27/00




Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill

Doesn’t Scotti looked thrilled?  He sent us that exclusive photo of him eating!  Only during our interviews will you see a guy in a towel eating a sandwich.

This is the third 20 Questions that we have done with a member of Skid Row.  It’s our Metal Sludge Trilogy.  A few months back we did a great 20 Questions with Dave "The Snake" Sabo.  A few months before that we hit up new Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger.  Now it’s Scotti Hill’s turn.  Enjoy!

SCOTTI:  Here ya go you sick bastards. Thanks for sending me 20 questions.

1.  What are you currently up to?  This is your only chance to plug your shit.
On the KISS Farewell Tour till September. Then back home to start work on the next Skid Row record.

2.  Snake gave us some really good examples of how Sebitchian was a pain in the ass.  Do you have any stories you?d like to share?
There is no way I can come close to what Snake gave you guys. But I will say this. That guy fucked up a lot of peoples lives. Treated a lot of people like shit. And my life has improved 1000 % since the "breakup".

Skid Row 2000
Skid Row 2000
Charlie Mills, Snake Sabo, Rachel Bolan, Johnny Solinger, and Scotti

3. What hard rock/heavy metal band should give it up and call it a day?
It?s not my place to make that call. If I don?t like it I don?t listen.

4.  Rob Affuso recently said that you guys never called him to rejoin Skid Row and he considers the whole thing a farce.  How do you respond to that?  Is he just bitter or what?
I?d be bummin? too if I was sittin? home right now. I?ve chosen to leave the bands reasons for the split with Rob out of the public. I love the guy, but due to all the things he?s got going on in his life his playing has suffered. If you?re the drummer in this band then drumming comes first. As a friend I miss Rob and I hope our friendship survives all the bullshit.

5.  Rate the following guitarists on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 being a sloppy mess and 10 being a virtuoso.
Scott Ian = 8
Richie Scarlet = 7
Ace Frehley = 6 to 8 (depending on the day)
CC DeVille = 6
Mick Mars = 8
Snake Sabo = 8
Kirk Hammett = 7
Slash = 8
Ted Nugent = 9
Zakk Wylde = 9

6.  Has Johnny Solinger asked for your autograph yet?
Nah, the man?s got too much class for that. He just steals our picks and sells them on e-bay.

7.  Was there any rock star/celebrity that you really wanted to meet, and when you did you found them to be a dick?
Hasn?t happened yet. I would hate to have to kick my idol?s ass.

8.  Lets not mince words, how much cash do you have left and what?s the biggest music related check you’ve ever received?
I?ve written some big ass tax checks. Some people think I?m broke because I live in a small house and don?t drive a Porsche. I saved most of what I made. I won?t be broke for a long time. Guess I?m just cheap.

9.  Who banged the most chicks during the Slave To The Grind tour and how many threesomes have you been a part of?
Who banged the most chicks on Slave? Humm? Guns & Roses.

Scotti & Snake
Scotti & Snake

10.  Rate the following chicks on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 being a nightmare and 10 being a hottie.
Maria Bach = 6
Bobbie Brown = 6
Pamela Anderson = 8
Marcia Brady = 8 (from the movie)
Britney Spears = 8
Shannon Tweed = 6
Sarah Michelle Gellar = 9
Courtney Cox = 9
Mariah Carey = 5
Alicia Silverstone = 8

11.  How hard did you laugh when you heard Sebastian was doing a Broadway play?
I didn?t laugh at all. I understand it totally. Isn?t he playing the part of the two-faced psychopathic monster? It makes perfect sense to me.

12.  What rock star deserves a smack in the mouth and why?
Refer to question 11.

13.  What are your 3 best and 3 worst memories of Skid Row?
1.The whole making of Slave To The Grind was one of the best times of my life.
2. Playing Donington in the rain.
3. Playing Saturday Night Live. There?s not much bad to tell. Just the obvious. Aside from that I?m very grateful.


14.  Sebitchian always got the traditional singer attention and Snake & Rachel got all the songwriting praise. Drummers are usually forgotten anyways, so did you feel like the Mick Mars of Skid Row or what?
Most of the time I avoid any attention. I?m good with the part I play in the band. It?s not that I don?t like people, I just don?t like to be around them. Besides I think Mick Mars rules!

15.  Which do you prefer:
Motorcycles or dirtbikes = Dirtbikes
Throwing bottles at fans or wearing shirts insulting the gay community = Jumping off a bridge!
Nikki Sixx or Lars Ulrich = Nikki
Yankees or The Mets = Yankees
Dokken or Warrant = Dokken
Fred Durst or Jonathan Davis = Jonathan
Davis Doc McGee or Scott McGee = They are both great. It?s a draw.
Taxi Driver or Scarface = Scarface
A guy with 3 balls or a guy with 2 dicks = 3 of a kind always beats 2 of a kind.

16.  Why do you think Sebitchian?s record has had such poor sales?

17.  What do you remember about the following years?
1984 = I joined a band with Rachel. Made the move from upstate NY to NJ.
1987 = Around the time I joined Skid Row. 86 or 87? We?re known as an up and coming band. Dirt poor but livin? large.
1990 = Non-Stop touring. Very drunk most of the time. Got home and had lots of new friends. Life is good.
1993 = Non-Stop touring. Very drunk most of the time. Got friends out the ass. At this point life is just a blur, but I?m told I had a good time.
1995 = I think we took some time off or something like that. I found myself avoiding the band or anything to do with music.
1997 = Found out who my friends where and started over.

18.  Who’s the most overrated band today?
Commie Witch. Their debut "Self Inflicted Hand Job" was a disappointment.

19.  Rumor has it that the reason why Skid Row got back together is because Doc McGee was owed a bunch of money.  Any truth to that?
Total bullshit. The only thing we owe Doc is a lot of thanks.

20.  Time for Metal Sludge’s Word Association.  We mention a name and you give us your thoughts.
Sebastian Bach =
Rob Affuso = Old Friend. Great guy.
Jason Flom = Power
Jon Bon Jovi = Nice house
Phil Anselmo = The real deal. What you see is what you get.
Gene Simmons = Business Man. Always has a joke.
CC DeVille = Recovery
Lars Ulrich = Very rich
Nikki Sixx = Sick motherfucker. But a great guy.
Fred Durst = Networker

So there you go!  Sebitchian’s a pretty popular fella, huh?
All we need next is Rachel Bolan and that Charlie guy who plays drums, and we’ll have the whole series. 

For more info on Skid Row, you can check out www.skidrowonline.com, which is where we ripped off some of the photos.  The latest tour dates and other info can be found there.

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