Jane Stevenson of the QMI Agency recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his new album, “Kicking Screaming”, which contains songs that reference Bach‘s new love, model Minnie Gupta, who is on the cover of the new CD, posing as the eight-armed Hindu goddess Kali Ma:
Bach: “I’ve always liked the Indian artwork of slitting the throats and the blood splurting out. And (Kali Ma) is the most loving of all goddesses, but with the most terrifying visage. I think any girl would want to grab her man and drag him into hell and slash him with knives.”
“It’s weird — like, my life has always imitated art, and my art has always imitated life. Like, I lost my home [in Hurricane Irene]. My house is condemned, the foundation of the home caved in. (Some lyrics on ‘Kicking Screaming’ are), like, prophetic. There’s a song, ‘As Long As I Got the Music’, which says, ‘Broken, stranded, I don’t care, as long I got the music, you can’t bother me.’ And that’s all I got right now.”
On the incident last November when he was arrested in Peterborough — about 140 kilometres northeast of Toronto — following an altercation with Riley’s Olde Towne Pub owner Jim Kakouros (he was charged with assault, mischief and for possession of marijuana):
Bach: “I went to Peterborough to deal with my dad’s estate, and pack up his art and put it in a truck and drive it to New Jersey — and it was pure misery. So that was a rough day. One of my friends wanted to sing a song to me, a song at the microphone, and (Kakouros) wouldn’t let her. I ended up tackled up from behind so the only thing I could do, of course, was bite the dude. I had to go and take a rabies test to make sure I didn’t have communicable diseases. I’m happy to say I am rabies free. I’m not rabid.”
On his plans to write his memoirs, with Larry Sloman, the same man who helped pen “Scar Tissue”, the autobiography of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer Anthony Kiedis:
Bach: “‘Scar Tissue’ had a lot to do with Anthony Kiedis‘ relationship with his dad, and I had a very ‘strong’ relationship with my dad. (My dad) was a famous painter in Canada, he owned Art Space in Peterborough in the ’70s and we came from California, and we were like freaks in Peterborough. The Peterborough Examiner — all the articles about when my dad first got there, it was like, ‘The hippies are coming to town!’ I swear.”
On the possibility of touring with GUNS ‘N ROSES again:
Bach: “I would play with GUNS ‘N ROSES anytime. And Axl [Rose] is one of a kind. I was too young to ever see THE DOORS but when I see old footage of Jim Morrison on stage, Axl has that kind of danger thing going on when he steps up to the mic. He’s pretty fascinating.”
On his first meeting with Axl Rose back in 1989 when SKID ROW was opening for AEROSMITH at the L.A. Forum:
Bach: “Axl came down to do the song ‘Train Kept A Rollin” with Steven Tyler and he didn’t know the words, and he came to my dressing room and he goes, ‘Do you know the words to this?’ and I go, ‘Yes, I do!’ So I sat down there with him. That was a crazy night.”
On meeting VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth:
Bach: “There was a knock on the door — bang, bang, bang — and he sticks his head in and goes, ‘Sebastian?’ And I go, ‘Oh, my God! It’s David Lee Roth.’ And he sits next to me and I go ‘Hey Dave, you want to roll up a joint?’ And he goes ‘Sebastian, you do the honours.’ But then that night he took me and Axl to The Rainbow and Rick Rubin drove the car. And can I remember sitting next to Axl in the back seat of Rick Rubin‘s car throwing up going down Sunset Boulevard, and him holding my hair. I was puking out the door.”
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