Former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed by Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan of “The Shredd And Ragan Show” on the Buffalo, New York radio station WEDG. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On his autobiography, “18 And Life On Skid Row”:
Sebastian: “All I tried to do, honestly, from the get-go… just imagine, somebody gives you a book deal. First of all, they wanted me to have a ghost writer, and I didn’t want that at all because I wanted to tell stories that nobody else knows. All I tried to do was write something that was entertaining to read in the hopes that I could do another book sometime down the line, and that’s looking like I did accomplish that. I enjoy writing books, and I’ve read all the rock n’ roll bios, and I know which ones are the best ones and why I like them. One of the reviews said that even if you’re not a fan of SKID ROW, you would probably enjoy this book on its own, and that meant a lot to me. If you don’t like me or my music, you can read about me getting my face smashed in. That’s great. [Laughs]”
On a 2014 incident captured on YouTube in which he threatened a fan he believed was disrespecting his mother:
Sebastian: “I’m 49 years old right now. Anybody listening to this interview — any dudes listening to this interview who have been through divorce, and alimony, and court, and child support, and endless court proceedings from ex-wives, sometimes I’m in the position where I have to take a gig because [of] alimony. Anybody that’s my age understands what I’m saying. Sometimes I have to take the gig because I don’t have a choice. That exact gig was the thirteenth city in thirteen nights, and you can Google what I’m saying. It’s all true. The tour was six cities, and then I had a day off, then I had another six cities. Then a TV show called ‘Galavant’ wanted me to sing the lead of their series on the day off, and I go, ‘I can’t do it — it’s too much, but alimony.’ The reason I lost my mind [was] because that was the thirteenth city in thirteen days, and I had enough. And my mom shouldn’t have been down there, and I should have had a day off, but that’s what happens when I don’t get a day off. [Laughs] I just lost it. I’m a human being, and I used to not have to do thirteen cities in thirteen days — I could do what the heck I want — but anybody listening to what I just said that’s been through that understands. Sometimes you’ve gotta suck it up and do the job and get paid.”
Bach recently made headlines when he said during a Los Angeles television interview that a SKID ROW reunion “could be on the horizon.” His comments seem to contradict SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo‘s claim that the chances of Bach coming back to the band are “slim to none.”
Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired.
“18 And Life On Skid Row”, which was originally made available in December 2016, was released in paperback via HarperCollins on November 14.