Blinded By Sound recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Blinded By Sound: Food can be more enjoyable than drinking…
Sebastian: Well, no, I actually love to drink. [laughs] I’ve been drinking and partying for decades; I’m one of those fucking guys. When I’m sober, I realize the little things in life are so enjoyable, like good weather, a hot shower, a hug, a pancake. Things that when you’re hungover, you’re, like [grunts]: “Who cares?!” But sober, even driving in L.A., with the top down and the sun shining and the crisp air, is just so enoyable. When I was drinking, I just wanted to hide in my hotel room. It’s a different way of living, but it came to perspective for me the other day when I read a Sarah Silverman tweet and it said, “Drinking ages so well on people!” And I thought, hmm, it really doesn’t.
Blinded By Sound: Tell me about this upcoming live CD and DVD combo. When I first heard of it’s inception, I was under the impression it was just a DVD.
Sebastian: It’s called “Abachalypse Now” and features three concerts: Graspop [Metal Meeting] from Belgium, Hellfest from France and the Nokia show from Los Angeles. The thing that’s interesting about these concerts is they’re totally different. The one in France is in front of 50,000 peeople in the sun and it’s an outdoor show. With the clouds and sky and has a Woodstock vibe. The L.A. show is dark and indoor. And the funniest one to me is Graspop because we got caught in a torrential downpour. It was hilarious, because I’ve never seen a live concert where the weather was a torrential rainstorm, I had to sit still, because it was so wet I couldn’t go running around or I’d go flying off the stage. I had to stand there in a puddle of water and use my voice. That’s all I had to work with for that show. I learned a lot, I learned I sing better when I’m not running and jumping like a cheerleader. I learned I sing far more accurately when I’m standing there in a puddle of water. I’m getting older, and as a performer, you always learn things about yourself. In the future, I’m going to stand there and sing rather than try to be an athlete. I’m still going to be a frontman but it’s more impressive to me, watching me sing the best I can than doing a pirouette and a twirl and giving jazz hands.
Blinded By Sound: I’ve seen you with THE LAST HARD MEN with Jimmy Flemion, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Kelley Deal… seen you with “Jesus Christ Superstar”, with Dee Snider and TWISTED SISTER back in their makeup. I’ve witnessed the entire metamorphisis. The one thing that ties all these together was movement. I cannot imagine you standing still. I’m really curious and excited to see that.
Sebastian: Well, you know, Tom Araya from SLAYER is one the the greatest frontmen of all time and he injured his neck and back from headbanging in that figure-eight motion that I do all the time. He destroyed his back and had to get surgery and is not physically able to headbang anymore because of the damage he’s done. I’m not at that point yet or anything, but when you’re banging your head as hard as you can, I kind of wonder what’s happening to my brain as it’s bashing into the wall of my skull. I look at footage of myself and think, “Maybe that’s not so good for you.” [laughs] I don’t see most people banging their heads like trying to snap their craniums off their necks. Basically, the reason I’m telling you and the world is that it’s more impressive to me, artistically, to be more accurate and good than be a cheeerleader.
Read the entire interview from Blinded By Sound.