Tina of MetalTalk.net conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach at the Hard Rock Hell festival, which took place between November 29 and December 3 at Hafan-y-Mor Holiday Camp in North Wales, United Kingdom.
Asked to name his personal highlights of this past summer’s touring season, Bach said: “Download [festival in the United Kingdom] was amazing. Sweden Rock [Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden] was amazing.”
He continued: “It’s great when I play Download with my solo band. We get more people than… like, as many as any other band. It’s completely been filled as far as you can see. And I’m not gonna name names, but some of the bands that came on after us, we blew their fucking ass out, as far as attendance. So that’s very satisfying for me. Like Sweden Rock — it was our show. We opened for another band. When we played, there had to have been 65,000 people there. And then, when the next band played, who were supposedly bigger than us, I swear, 30,000 people fucking left. I mean, I’m not exaggerating. Maybe more. It was, like, absolutely shocking.
“So, a lot of people say, ‘When are you getting back with your old band [SKID ROW]?’ I’m doing great on my own. [laughs] You can’t do better than selling out Sweden Rock or Download. I mean, I don’t need those fucking guys.”
According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Bach played in front of 14,000 people on June 7 between 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on the “Rock” stage at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival. The same paper also reports that SOUNDGARDEN performed in front of roughly 20,000 fans at the start of their Sweden Rock set, which kicked off at 11:30 p.m. later that night on the “Festival” stage.
The capacity of Sweden Rock Festival has been around 33,000 for the past couple of years.
Bach in July posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. “For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today,” he wrote. “I do not personally want it myself. But it’s not always about ‘what I want.’ If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself.”
Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to current SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger‘s interview in which Johnny said a recent tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to “get attention.”
Bach‘s most recent solo album, “Kicking Screaming”, sold 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart. The singer’s previous CD, “Angel Down”, opened with 6,400 units back in November 2007 to debut at No. 190.