Sebastian Bach has carved out a successful solo career himself, but that doesn’t mean he would turn down the chance to reunite with his late ’80s/early ’90s band Skid Row. In an interview with Loudwire, Bach said a reunion of Skid Row’s classic lineup is bigger than him, but he revealed that he’d definitely be up for it.
“I don’t have any reason why not to do that,” Sebastian said. “I mean, I have a manager named Rick Sales, and he guides my career, and something like that is way beyond me… He handles everything to do with the Skid Row reunion. And if there is a reunion, it’s a very complicated business thing, and I really… I just don’t even know what to say… While his breakup with Skid Row wasn’t pretty, Bach maintains there are no hard feelings on his end.
“I have no animosity towards anybody in Skid Row, and the fact that we’re all, five of us, still alive in this world is a pretty amazing feat,” Sebastian said. “So I would someday definitely like to hear the five guys who made those records play live together again. Yes, I would. ‘Cause I’m a fan too… I’m up for it, if they are.”
— Guns N'Roses News (@GunsNRosesNo1) May 27, 2016
Sebastian Bach’s new comments about the possibility of a Skid Row reunion are surprising because the bad blood between the original band members has been well documented. In January, Bach tweeted a very different tune when he wrote that the only way a Skid Row reunion could happen is if he and his former bandmates Rachel Bolan, Dave “The Snake” Sabo, Scotti Hill, and Rob Affuso “somehow tried [to] bury a 20-year hatchet between us.” Still, Sebastian added that he would love the chance to sit down with ex-bandmates and he even admitted that he has said some not-so-nice things about them.
“To be honest, I have said some super sh*tty things [to] them [and] about them. I would like to apologize for shooting my mouth off,” Bach admitted.
Only way a Skid Row Reunion could happen is if we somehow tried2 bury a 20 year hatchet between us. Would love the chance to do so #SitDown
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 6, 2016
Of course, Sebastian Bach would have to do a lot of convincing (and apologizing) to get back in some of the band members’ good graces. In an interview last fall with the Aquarian Weekly, Dave Sabo pretty much ruled out ever working with his former frontman again, and it sounds like no amount of money will change his mind.
“Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet,” Sabo said. “I don’t think you can place a price on happiness. We’ve been hit repeatedly over the years with, ‘Why don’t you do a reunion tour?’ And you know what? I understand the question and I get it. I really do, and if I were on the outside, I’d be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea… I’m a fan of ridding your life of negativity and I think that’s why we balk at the idea of a reunion, because we just don’t want to visit any negativity whatsoever.”
— Megarock Radio (@megarockradio) January 9, 2016
Sebastian Bach was the original lead singer on Skid Row’s biggest hits in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including “18 and Life,” “Youth Gone Wild,” and “I Remember You.” But Bach was fired from Skid Row in 1996 amid infighting in the band over the Kiss Alive tour and the band’s new music, which the outspoken singer simply didn’t like. In an interview with Silver Tiger Media posted by Blabbermouth, Sebastian said his forced exit from the band was the worst thing that has ever happened to him.
“It was horrible,” Bach said. “The time when I got fired from Skid Row was the worst time of my life up to that point, because I couldn’t believe that we had been embraced by the whole world and then we just didn’t wanna do it anymore. I couldn’t understand how you could make five guys’ dreams come true and then just stop. That’s mind-blowing; it’s still mind-blowing to me. Yeah, that was not an easy time.”
But in the same interview, Sebastian Bach said his booking agency suggested that he do a solo tour, and that pulled him out of his slump.
“I didn’t have any idea what the hell I was gonna do,” Sebastian said. “And my agency said, ‘Would you like to go on the road solo for a couple of weeks?’ And I never even thought of doing that. And I said, ‘Okay.’ And all the gigs were sold out, all the fans came. And that was ’96, and I’ve never looked back, really, since then.”
While he seems to be looking back now, Sebastian Bach has been keeping himself busy with a 13-city tour, and a return acting gig on the Netflix Gilmore Girls reboot. (Hey, at least he reunited with Hep Alien!) Bach also has a memoir, 18 and Life On Skid Row, due out next month.
— LIKEYOUSAIDnews (@LIKEYOUSAIDnews) March 29, 2016
Take a look at the video below to see Sebastian Bach’s full interview with Loudwire.
[Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]