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Skid Row have become so identified with glammy power ballads like "I Remember You" that it's easy to forget just how hard they rocked and how much hell they raised back in their late-Eighties/early-Nineties heyday. They did so playing their own original music, most of which was much harder-hitting, and they also did so when covering one of their favorite contemporary bands: Pan-fucking-tera.
One such cover took place at New York City club The Limelight on June 13th, 1993, when Skid Row welcomed Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and bassist Rex Brown onstage to join them in a raucous performance of the Texas band's "Cowboys From Hell." Sebastian Bach sounded great on Philip Anselmo's vocals, which then still retained much of their glammy, Halford-esque highs, and the supergroup behind him sunk their collective teeth into the tune. The crowd, meanwhile, went absolutely bonkers, with many concertgoers seemingly spending as much time onstage with the musicians as they did on the floor.
Aside from occasionally covering their songs ("Cowboys" twice, "Walk" once, "A New Level" once, according to setlist.fm), Skid Row did all they could to help jumpstart Pantera's career when Phil, Dime, Rex and Vinnie Paul were trying to make their name in support of their major label debut, 1992's Cowboys From Hell. Skid Row took Pantera out on the road that same year on one of their biggest tours to date, and singer Sebastian Bach sung their praises often.
Intro'ing the "Cowboys From Hell" cover at The Limelight, the Skid Row singer hailed them as "the best fucking bands that we've ever fucking played with," before throwing an obligatory jab at their arch nemeses: "Except for Bon Jovi." Watch above.