Matt Coe of Eternal Terror webzine recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Eternal Terror: What do you think would surprise people to learn about Sebastian Bach the person outside of Sebastian Bach the musician, the Broadway performer, or actor?
Bach: A lot of things. One of them would be how into the music and the studio I am. I’ve read interviews with singers that say they don’t like the studio and they just want to get on stage and perform, but I love being into the studio and creating a new CD. That goes back to my father being a painter in his studio. I love to shut out the world and get some sounds coming over the speakers. I was married for 18 years and I have a new girlfriend, but there are a lot of the times when you are on the road you are alone in a hotel room. When you are always traveling, it’s hard to find a companion that will always come with you through all of the craziness, the jet lag, the time changes. After I do a show, we party for a bit, then we go back to the hotel and shut the door. That’s where the temptation of partying with other people comes into play, because who wants to be alone out there?! It’s like being in the circus — you set up the show, you pack it up, you travel to the next destination. I’m still looking for that girl who wants to come with me; I think I may have her, but she doesn’t like the cold weather (laughs)… so I’m in trouble on the Canadian tour.
Eternal Terror: How would you describe the audience demographic that comes to a Sebastian Bach show? Are you seeing parents with the children coming to the shows? Also, how would you describe the difference in audiences across Europe versus domestically and South America?
Bach: Yes, basically, kids like rock now. They’re into the style of rock, the hair, the leather, the looks and the lifestyle. So they look at me as a guy that has been doing it for a long time now. I’ve been doing it so long that people know what I am about, the kids know that, too. For a while Rock Band, the video game, was turning people on to things; now I think kids are actually getting into the music.
Eternal Terror: Younger bands like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, HALESTORM and even country star Carrie Underwood have put out SKID ROW cover songs in recent years. How does it make you feel about the impact you’ve made on this new generation of musicians and their fans?
Bach: It’s really amazing. BLACK VEIL BRIDES is another band that is influenced by us. I just got offered to sing with Corey Taylor on his tour, a couple of shows. Aaron Lewis of STAIND has done “I Remember You” and “Wasted Time”. It’s crazy. For some reason, our songs have lasted the test of time; they get played on the radio and on VH1 Classic all the time. Zoe Kravitz, Lenny‘s daughter, her new band was in Rolling Stone magazine and her song is “I Remember You”. It’s a total compliment.
Eternal Terror: What’s the best piece of advice you received from either your family or other fellow musicians through the years that you’ve applied to your life?
Bach: That’s a heavy question. Alice Cooper told me — he was talking about guys screwing around on their girlfriends or wives — he told me he couldn’t believe people would jeopardize things for an orgasm. I listened to him talk and he’s totally right. I am applying this now with my new girl. Most guys don’t think like that.
Read the entire interview from Eternal Terror.
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