Alberta, Canada's Shining Star Radio recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Shining Star Radio: You're set to appear in the new VH1 reality show "SuperGroup" along with some other famous names, including Ted Nugent. I've gotta know: Was it a pain in the ass living in the same house with a bunch of other musicians or was it just a non-stop party?
Bach: "Ummm… Wow, that's a good question. The one thing, I think, that people don't realize that aren't in rock bands is that you can't really schedule rock and roll. I went in there with the intention of making as much new music as possible, and we did make, like, three or four songs, which was great, but… When you say, 'Was it a non-stop party?' Yes, we did go out on the town of Las Vegas, and we did do some of that, so there was a little bit of that, too. If it was up to me, there would have been less partying. [Laughs]"
Shining Star Radio: And more songwriting.
Bach: "Yeah, yeah. You'll see that on the show. I get kind of annoyed that I've gotta go out to meet this publicist or whatever. If it was up to me, if we've only got two weeks to jam, it would have been non-stop jamming, but we did jam a lot, believe me. It was a lot of fun."
Shining Star Radio: The band that you and the others formed is called DAMNOCRACY. And you played in Las Vegas as a group in early March. Are there any plans to do more live shows together once the series is released on VH1?
Bach: "Yes, there definitely is plans to play live. The only thing is Scott Ian is in ANTHRAX, Ted Nugent has a very successful solo career, and Jason Bonham plays in FOREIGNER right now, so we all have our own individual careers. I have an album coming out in July called 'Angel Down', and I'm going on tour in Europe, and Ted's going on tour, too, so we would have to schedule it properly, but we all want to do that. There's no gigs booked right now, but we would definitely love to play."
Shining Star Radio: I've read in some places where people are trashing you for the recent episode [of "Gilmore Girls"] where you sang [a cover of GWEN STEFANI's] "Hollaback Girl".
Bach: "That's the first I'm hearing of that — I've never heard that. The thing is, five million people a week watch the 'Gilmore Girls', so you can trash me all you want, I make a shitload of money. [Laughs] I have 'fuck you' money. You can trash me all you want, I'm too busy working."
Shining Star Radio: And having a good time doing it.
Bach: "Yeah! And it's fun. That's actually the first time I've ever heard of that, so I don't know… If people are gonna trash me for acting, get used to it, 'cause you don't know the shit that's coming down the pike. I don't announce things until I'm doing it, but get ready for me on the TV and you're not gonna be able to get away from my face. [Laughs]"
Shining Star Radio: I know you've done plenty of club dates since leaving SKID ROW. Do you like the intimate atmosphere of a club setting or do you prefer the arena thing?
Bach: "I prefer the arena thing. And in the last two years, I've done nothing but stadiums in my solo band. I've done clubs, too, but the last two years, every summer I go and play the biggest festivals in the world. Last summer I played Sweden Rock [festival] with MÖTLEY CRÜE in front of 65,000 people outside of Sölvesborg, Sweden and you would not know the difference between 1989 and 2005 watching that show. To have 65,000 people with their hands in the air in my solo band is killer. I've got a brand new album coming out this summer called 'Angel Down', and we're gonna tour everywhere. I did play clubs when I first started in the solo band. I don't mind playing clubs, but to be honest with you, I'm so tall that — this might sound silly to some people — but I can't really do my Sebastian Bach show on a small stage just because of my size. It’s like, I'm like 6-foot-3 [inches]. My arms are really lanky, like a basketball player. When I'm on a big stage, I can fill that stage, just by the way I walk, the way I swing my mic, so it's really frustrating for me to play a small stage. I'm just too big. [Laughs]"
Shining Star Radio: You're just too confined on a small stage.
Bach: "Definitely. I have all these moves and tricks and stunts that I've been practicing for 20 years that you can't even see me do in a club."
Download the entire 30-minute interview in MP3 format at www.shiningstarradio.com.