Rachel Bolan (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 'Bolan' is a tribute to one of his childhood idols, T. Rex frontman, Marc Bolan.
Rachel Bolan founded Skid Row in 1986 with guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo. Bolan has appeared as a vocalist on two of Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's solo albums, back-up vocals on Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood album. He has produced numerous bands including 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 a brother, Richard Southworth, who lives in Manchester Township, New Jersey, and owns a business called The Body Guy, which is located in Lakewood, New Jersey,and specializes in expert automotive body repair.
Bolan has another side project called The Quazimotors. He did this project with Skid Row drummer Rob Hammersmith, Jonathan Callicutt and Evil Jim Wright (guitarist for Spectremen, BigFoot, Road Hawgs).
He drives racecars in his free time. He competes in high performance go-karts, Legends Cars, Thunder Roadster and Pro-Challenge series cars.
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