Ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has once again accused his former bandmates of not acknowledging their legacy.
“My band are too self-absorbed to even think about our 30th anniversary or re-releasing the old records on vinyl or putting out [SKID ROW‘s 1990 home video] ‘Oh Say Can You Scream’ on Blu-ray, like, obvious shit just doesn’t fuckin’ happen for SKID ROW fans,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview.
Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.
In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Dave “Snake” Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNTvocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.
“God bless ’em, starting your ‘new’ band in your fuckin’ late 50s — way to go,” Sebastian told Ultimate Classic Rock. “You’re starting your new band in your late 50s. Most musicians, in their late 50s, are fucking playing to the fans that put them there, giving the people what they want. I didn’t invent that phrase.
“The reason I get pissed off is because we still get the royalty checks and I get a tremendous sense of guilt when I get these checks because I know the fans want a fuckin’ deluxe edition, just like GUNS N’ ROSES,” Bach said. “I can’t even complete a group text with these guys. I don’t understand it, because we don’t even have to like each other to put out an old record. I don’t get it. It’s like banging your head against the wall.”
Bach went on to say that he was once “very, very close” with his SKID ROW bandmates and he took issue with the widespread belief that he is hard to work with. “You’ve had seven fucking singers — maybe you’re hard to work with,” the singer said. “My [solo] band’s been the same for 10 years or 15 years; same band. No problem in four Broadway shows and a cast of 70 people, ‘Gilmore Girls’… they don’t think I’m hard to work with. Netflix loves working with me. ‘Trailer Park Boys’, fucking eight seasons — they don’t think I’m hard to work with. Maybe those guys are fucking hard to work with.”
Bach added: “It’s just a shame because our fans would like it, and there’s no reason why not to.”
Bach joined SKID ROW in 1988 as the replacement for the band’s original lead singer Matt Fallon, who sang on demo versions of songs that were eventually re-recorded for SKID ROW‘s first LP.
SKID ROW‘s 1989 multi-platinum, self-titled effort featured the Top 10 hits “18 And Life” and “I Remember You” and was supported by a six-month tour with BON JOVI.
Following his departure from SKID ROW, Bach started performing in Broadway shows like “Jekyll & Hyde” and “The Rocky Horror Show”, and appeared on television shows, including “Gilmore Girls” and VH1 reality show “SuperGroup”. He also pursued a solo musical career, most recently releasing the 2014 album “Give ‘Em Hell”.
In an interview with Tigman of the Albany, New York radio station Q103, Sabo said that it was “frustrating” to be constantly asked about a reunion with Bach when it’s been “over 20 years already” since the singer was dismissed from SKID ROW.
“People get married and people get divorced,” he said. “Some people — very few — but some people end up going back with their ex-wives. I’ve got no desire to go back with my ex-wife. I’m very happy with my current relationship.
“Look, I understand it — I do,” he continued. “And from a fan perspective, I get it. For me personally, for a myriad of reasons that are private, this is where I wanna be… this is where we all wanna be right here, right now.
“I don’t do this for money; money was never the issue with us. And so, yeah, if it was for a moneygrab, whatever — someone else could do it. Not that I’m allergic to money, I’m really, really happy where I’m at. And it’s no disrespect to anybody — I wish everybody all the best. But for right now in my life, this works best for all of us.
“People are wanting what once was — I do understand it; of course I do. But it’s not going to happen. And we’ve been saying that for a pretty long time.”
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