Sebastian Bach: Skid Row Members Saying They Wrote All the Early Songs is ‘A F—ing Pile of S–t’
Sebastian Bach does not beat around the bush. The vocalist was on the premiere episode of Dee Snider’s new podcast Snider Comments this week and didn’t hold back about his disgust for his former Skid Row bandmates' claims that they wrote all the group's early songs. He also talked about his desire to reunite the classic Skid Row lineup. You can stream the full podcast here.
Here’s what Bach had to say about who wrote which Skid Row songs [as transcribed by Blabbermouth], "The biggest lie that those guys always tell is, 'We wrote all the songs on all the records.' If you listen to my albums and the Skid Row albums, and then you listen to the Skid Row albums without me, and then listen to my solo albums, that'll give you all that you need to know about who wrote what. When they say, 'We wrote the song '18 And Life', you [just] sang it.' Okay, let's examine that statement. You can go listen to the original version of that song online, and then you can listen to me doing it, and there's something called a melody line. Okay? Where it goes, [singing] 'Lived nine to five and he worked his fingers to the bone.' Every time my voice goes into the register where you turn it up and go, 'Holy s--t! Did you f--king hear that?' Those are the notes that I wrote, okay? Nobody does that in the version before that I didn't f--king… 'Can I sing this note in this part?' 'Yeah, do that, Sebastian. Yeah, do that.'"
So, why did he never take the group to court over the rights to the music? Bach explains, "So I'm nineteen years old, taking these f--king songs and turning them into Judas Priest songs, as far as… I'm rewriting the melody lines, never thinking anybody was gonna like it, never thinking anybody was gonna buy it. I'm thinking I'm gonna be the next Malice, not the next Bon Jovi. The last thing anybody ever thinks is that somebody is gonna like this s--t. That was, like, the last-case scenario. So I'm not in court, saying, 'I wrote this note! I f--king…' I'm not gonna be in litigation when I'm nineteen. You know?! So, [them saying] 'We wrote all the songs' is such a f--king pile of sh-t."
Despite all of the lies Bach claims they have said, he is still very interested in reuniting the classic lineup of Skid Row. The frontman tells Snider, "If you've got the five guys in the original band that are still alive, you should respect that because that is such a rare thing. Like, you guys [referring to Snider’s band Twisted Sister] just lost [drummer] A.J. [Pero], and now that [possibility of continuing with the classic lineup] doesn't exist anymore. And I walk around going, I ain't getting any f--king younger. I go, 'This is still possible.' So it's, like, [for the Skid Row members] even to have that opportunity [to reunite the classic lineup] and deny it, or just say, 'F--k it,' that's, like, bad for all of rock; that's not just bad for me."
Bach will be hitting the road this summer on his '18 & Live' tour. He'll be playing throughout the U.S. and Canada starting on June 9 in Portland, Ore and he'll continue through July 5, when he performs in Lancaster, Pa.
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