Although ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s latest solo album, “Kicking Screaming”, has been well received by critics and fans, he says commercial success is not what keeps him going more than 20 years after the release of his former band’s multi-platinum debut. “I mean, it’s just fun,” he tells Jeff McGinnis of the Toledo Free Press. “Singing is fun. It’s very cathartic, if I’ve had a rotten day or I miss my girlfriend or something on the road, touring across the country, being on a tour bus, being in hotel rooms — getting onstage and singing is very cathartic. It feels good. And if I do it right, it feels really, really good. I don’t do it as a job. I do it because I love the music that I sing, and I love to sing it.”
Despite the fact that hard rock and heavy metal music doesn’t receive much support from mainstream radio, Bach says that nothing can compete with its staying power.
“The thing about hard rock and heavy metal is, once it gets in your soul, there’s really no music that’s like that,” he says. “It’s just such hard-driving riffs and vibe. I can’t put in a Katy Perry song and feel the same way as a BLACK SABBATH song. As far as metal goes, there’s no music like that.”
He adds, “There’s been so many genres over my career of 25 years that have come and gone, and it’s like Jack Black says, ‘You can’t kill the metal.’ Techno tried and failed. Punk tried and punk died. Grunge tried and grunge went away. There’s been so many kinds of flavor-of-the-month styles that have come and gone, but heavy metal — the songs last the test of time.”
Bach does acknowledge, however, that the modern music scene hasn’t exactly embraced his new recorded output.
“There’s no radio anymore for rock ‘n’ roll,” Bach says. “There’s like 15,000 or 17,000 stations in America, FM stations, and only 70 of them play rock ‘n’ roll. And most of them play rock ‘n’ roll from 20 years ago. So a guy like me, I can’t walk down the street because everybody freaks out because they all know me, but it’s almost impossible for me to get a brand-new song on the radio, because I’m too rock ‘n’ roll for NICKELBACK stations. So I don’t fit in with that, but the stations that do play me can’t stop playing ‘I Remember You’ or ’18 And Life’. They just can’t fathom that there’s another song like that.”