peoplepill id: dave-sabo
2 views today
13 views this week
Dave Sabo

Dave Sabo

American guitarist and musician
Dave Sabo
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American guitarist and musician
Is Musician Guitarist Heavy metal musician
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 16 September 1964, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Age 56 years
Star sign Virgo
Mother: Dorothy Sabo
Hard rock
Dave Sabo
The details


David Michael Sabo, nicknamed "The Snake," is a rock guitarist who plays in the heavy metal band Skid Row. He is a co-guitarist with Scotti Hill.

Early life and family

Sabo was born on September 16, 1964, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He grew up in Sayreville, down the street from Jon Bon Jovi. His mother, Dorothy, or "Mama Snake" as she is known, raised him and his brothers on her own. 

Sabo is also the uncle of former ATP Tennis professional Matt Sabo.


Influenced heavily by the rock n' roll music of the era, including some Motown, he found himself listening to the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, the Rolling Stones, and Van Halen. From an early age, Snake was a gifted athlete, even having scouts coming out to see him play. At the age of 13, Sabo saw Kiss, which acted as a catalyst for Snake to give up sports and focus his time on music and learning guitar. His mother had bought his brother a $40 guitar which he soon lost interest in, paving the way for Sabo to take up the instrument at the age of 14.

He was the original lead guitar player for Bon Jovi, playing several local shows with them before Richie Sambora replaced him in 1983.

A chance meeting with local bass player Rachel Bolan in the Garden State Music Store where he was employed set him in the direction of forming the band that would earn him fame. Their partnership would not only prove to be the right step with their songwriting but for friendship as well, as they still consider themselves to be best friends.

Skid Row

Skid Row is an American hard rock/heavy metal band that became one of the flagship bands of the late 1980s hard rock scene. They were one of the most successful hard rock bands of the era until they were eclipsed by the Seattle grunge bands in the early 1990s. Contrary to popular belief, the band was not named after Gary Moore's first band, Skid Row.

Skid Row was formed in New Jersey in 1986 by Bolan and Sabo. The pair added guitarist Scotti Hill, drummer Rob Affuso, and vocalist Matt Fallon who was later replaced by Sebastian Bach in 1987. The band began playing shows in clubs throughout the eastern United States.

With the assistance of friend Jon Bon Jovi, Sabo secured a record deal for Skid Row with Atlantic. In 1989, the band released their first album, Skid Row, which was an instant success, mainly due to power ballads. The record went multi-platinum and produced the hit singles "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild". Skid Row turned in a heavier direction on their #1, double-platinum follow-up 1991 album. Sabo has worked as an assistant producer on many of the band's songs.

Sabo also composed music for the 2006 film The Still Life.

Other musical works

Kryst the Conqueror

Sabo played lead guitar on "Trial of the Soul", a track by the band Kryst the Conqueror featuring former members of the Misfits as well as Jeff Scott Soto of the Yngwie Malmsteen band. Scott is credited under the pseudonym "Kryst the Conqueror" as he was under contract to Malmsteen and forced to remain anonymous.


Sabo briefly toured as a guitarist for Anthrax during their "Attack of the Killer A's" tour.

To cite the article
We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you notice a mistake, please contact us. Below the article, you will find links to the references used.
Article Title: Dave Sabo: American guitarist and musician - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
Website Title: PeoplePill
Publisher: PeoplePill
Article URL: https://peoplepill.com/people/dave-sabo/
Publish Date: 12 Dec 2016
Date Accessed: 29 Oct 2020
comments so far.
Reference sources
arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up arrow-down instagram whatsapp myspace quora soundcloud spotify tumblr vk website youtube stumbleupon comments comments pandora gplay iheart tunein pandora gplay iheart tunein itunes