November 3, 2018
The White Buffalo Saloon
Review by: Bobby Caughron
So any one riding the current trend that pop and hip-hop have taken over music and rock n’ roll is dead, certainly wasn’t at the Sebastian Bach concert this weekend. Sebastian and his band ripped through a greatest hits collection that had the crowd on their feet for the entire concert. Over the years, Bach has been quite an animated fellow and really charismatic front man, and Saturday’s show was no exception. He interacted with the entire audience throughout the night and provided more energy than most band members that are half his age. If you need proof that rock music is alive and well, look no further. Bach took the crowd on a nostalgic trip that covered most of his career hits and also did some deeper album cuts as well. Of course the fans wanted to hear the classic material from the Skid Row albums and Bach happily provided the sold out audience with exactly what they wanted. Covering hits like “18 And Life”, “I Remember You” and of course “Youth Gone Wild”, fans were treated to a great performance by Bach and his band, who are excellent musicians and deliver the material in it’s original sound. If you were to close your eyes, you would believe it was 1989 all over again as the audience sang along with the songs. Bach joked after performing “Slave To The Grind” that he needed a moment to catch his breath after that one, “after all, I’m fifty fuckin’ years old now” he said. Deeper album cuts came from Bach’s solo albums like “Superjerk, Superstar, Supertears”, and “Rock N’ Roll” as well as Skid Row classics like “Big Guns”, Sweet Little Sister” and “Rattlesnake Shake”. Before the first encore he went on to pay tribute to recent rock stars that have passed away, including Lemmy, and other from Motorhead, David Bowie, Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland and more. Bach is currently working on a new album that will see release sometime in the near future. If you’re looking to go to a show filled with energy, excitement and to have a great time that you’ll never forget, you definitely need to check out Sebastian Bach on his “Bach For More” tour.
As many readers of XS ROCK know, I have been very vocal about my desire to see a reunited Skid Row with Bach as the singer. You can read more about that in my “Open Letter To Skid Row” below:
An Open Letter To Skid Row
To: Dave Sabo, Rachel Bolan, and Scotti Hill
Today I want to talk about a touchy subject. That subject is the possibility of Skid Row reuniting with your former singer Sebastian Bach. In 1996, Skid Row parted ways with Bach. I’ve heard all kinds of different reasons for his dismissal from the band. But the truth is, I don’t really care what caused the original rift with you guys. I just want you, the members of Skid Row, to sit down with Sebastian Bach in a room, like adults and just talk for a while. I’m sure it would be awkward at first, but after getting past that part, I think you would find that whatever differences you once had aren’t that important now. I mean, it has been over 20 years since the members of that line up of the band were all in the same room together. Surely, by now you can all behave like adults and discuss things. I’m not trying to take sides here, either. I have a lot of respect for all of the members of Skid Row and Sebastian Bach. But, here’s the problem. The Skid Row that had Bach on vocals was a unique entity. The chemistry, (even if there were some disagreements) between you guys was one of a kind. I mean, if you listen to the Slave To The Grind album from beginning to end again. It’s arguably one of the best hard rock albums of that decade, and possibly of all time. I’ve watched the band continue on with three different singers since Bach left. I’m not really here to criticize the other guys who have sang for Skid Row. It’s not that any of them have been terrible or anything. They just aren’t Sebastian Bach. And it’s very apparent. Go to any Skid Row show now and you’ll hear lots of people who feel the same way. Again, it’s not the fault of the replacement vocalist. It’s just not the same magic without Bach on board. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Sebastian Bach can be a real dickhead sometimes. But, you know what, I’ll bet if you asked him, he’d agree with you. He’s made his share of mistakes and so have you guys. If Van Halen can get back together with David Lee Roth and Guns N’ Roses can reunite with all of their volatile personalities, then why can’t Skid Row at least try to make a go of it. Bach has indicated his willingness to get back together with you guys many times. If you wanted to prove a point….that Skid Row could exist without Bach, I’d say you’ve proved that by now. But, just like divorced parents, who often play nice and try to get along for their kids, Skid Row should do the same. The only difference is the kids, in this case, are the many fans that want to see, the best version of Skid Row reunited. I’ve heard that Skid Rowhas been offered large amounts of money to get back together, but honestly, I don’t think that matters. I don’t think money is the answer or the problem. Egos are the problem here. It’s high time that both Skid Row and Sebastian Bach put the past behind them and act like adults and work this thing out. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone to say that Skid Row is better without Bach. In fact, I’ve never heard anyone ever say that. Sebastian Bach has had a rather successful solo career on his own. One of the reasons for that, is, if you see Bach perform the Skid Rowmaterial live, it still sounds like Skid Row. With Skid Row fronted by Bach, the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. It’s magical pairing that simply can’t be reproduced any other way. Again, you’re all competent musicians and talented artists, but let’s face facts….you are all better together. None of you guys are getting any younger and eventually time will run out for the band to reunite. Don’t waste the opportunity to find out what might have been. At least give it a shot for all of your fans who want to see it. If you try and it doesn’t work out, then so be it. But, you have to start by just forgiving each other for whatever problems that you had with each other over 20 years ago. Time heals all wounds. You can read this letter and completely dismiss it. After all, who am I? I’m not a billionaire concert promoter or a powerful celebrity. I am just a fan of a really great rock band. But, to dismiss the sentiment included here, is to dismiss the feelings and desires of not just myself, but the millions of fans that Skid Row has made over the years, who want to see a reunion happen.
Sincerely, and with all respect,