Rachel Bolan

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Rachel Bolan
Rachel Bolan – Wacken Open Air 2014 04.jpg
Background information
Birth name James Richard Southworth
Born (1966-02-09) February 9, 1966 (age 52)
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Bassist
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts
Website skidrow.com

Rachel Bolan[1] (born February 9, 1966), born James Richard Southworth, is the bass guitar player and main songwriter of the metal band Skid Row. His stage name 'Rachel' is a hybrid of his brother's name, Richard, and his grandfather's name, Manuel.[2] 'Bolan' is a tribute to one of his childhood idols, T. Rex frontman, Marc Bolan.[3] He is the youngest of four children.[4]


Bolan, who grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, founded Skid Row in 1986 with guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo.[5] Bolan has appeared as a vocalist on two of Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's solo albums and back-up vocals on Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood album. He has produced numerous bands including Rockets to Ruin , the Luchagors in 2007 with former WWE wrestler Amy "Lita" Dumas and Atlantic Records stoner metal band Godspeed. He formed the band Prunella Scales with Solace guitarist Tommy Southard and L. Wood. Prunella Scales released "Dressing up the Idiot" on Mutiny Records in 1997. Jack Roberts (guitar) and Ray Kubian (drums), both from the New Jersey-based band Mars Needs Women, joined Prunella Scales for touring. Recently, he played the bass guitar for Stone Sour on the band's new records House of Gold & Bones - Part 1 and House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 as a replacement for the departed bassist Shawn Economaki. He also can be seen playing bass in TRUSTcompany music video for the single "Heart in My Hands".

Bolan has another side project called The Quazimotors. He did this project with Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso, Jonathan Callicutt and Evil Jim Wright (guitarist for Spectremen, BigFoot, Road Hawgs).

Personal life[edit]

He married longtime girlfriend Donna "Roxxi" Feldman on June 10, 1994 but later divorced.[6] He has no children.[7]

He drives racecars in his free time. He competes in high performance go-karts, Legends Cars, Thunder Roadster and Pro-Challenge series cars.[8]


  1. ^ Darryl Smyers (May 23, 2014). "Rachel Bolan of Skid Row Talks EPs, Having a Girl's Name and Refusing to Bury the Hatchet with Sebastian Bach". 
  2. ^ GigSnapper (October 17, 2014). Rachel Bolan Skid Row Interview (Video). Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol, United Kingdom: GigSnapper. 
  3. ^ http://www.metallian.com/skidrow.php
  4. ^ Lebofilms (October 29, 2017). Rachel Bolan Skid Row Spooky Empire 2017 Interview (Video). Orlando, Florida: Lebofilms. 
  5. ^ Makin, Bob. "Skid Row guitarist Dave 'Snake' Sabo returns home to Sayreville to rock Starland Ballroom", Courier News, November 3, 2017. Accessed November 22, 2017. "After more than 30 years of making music together, Skid Row’s three original members — guitarists Dave 'Snake' Sabo and Scotti Hill and bassist Rachel Bolan — never take their success for granted, Sayreville-raised Sabo said.... But when that opportunity went to Richie Sambora, the childhood friends from Robin Place and Robin Hood Drive in Sayreville became management mates at McGhee Entertainment soon after Sabo formed Skid Row with Toms River-raised Bolan in 1986."
  6. ^ My Heritage (USA) Inc. "Biographical Summaries of Notable People". Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  7. ^ GigSnapper (October 17, 2014). Rachel Bolan Skid Row Interview (Video). Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol, United Kingdom: GigSnapper. 
  8. ^ Kevin Eck (February 22, 2007). "Q&A with Amy Dumas". Retrieved 2007-05-28. 

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