Happy Birthday Sebastian Bach
Like Roger Daltrey got stuck singing the line “hope I die before I get old” into his sixties, it must feel increasingly silly to Sebastian Bach to scream about being part of the “Youth Gone Wild” now that he is, as of today, 45 years old. Still, as the former frontman for Skid Row, Bach knows what the fans want to hear, so it’s doubtful that he’ll be stopping anytime soon.
Born in 1968 in Freeport, Bahamas, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Bach began his rock ‘n’ roll career as a member of the band Kid Wikkid before joining Skid Row in 1987 to replace their former frontman, Matt Fallon. During his nine-year career with the band, Bach was rarely afraid to rock hard, swinging his long hair about as he stalked the stage, singing such hits as “18 and Life,” “I Remember You,” “Monkey Business,” and “Into Another.” After departing Skid Row, Bach took a shot at joining a new band called The Last Hard Men, featuring Jimmy Flemion (Frogs), Kelley Deal (The Breeders), and Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), but after recording an album for Atlantic Records, the label opted not to release it, which would put a damper on anyone’s mood. Cue the decision to go solo!
Yes, it’s true, Bach’s released a few solo albums. He’s also done some time on Broadway, playing the title character in Jekyll & Hyde and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, as well as playing Jesus in the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and you might also recall his brief stint on Gilmore Girls. Mostly, though, he’s still busy playing the rocker, with a new album, Give ‘Em Hell, set for release later this month. For now, though, sit back and wish Bach a happy birthday by rocking out and revisiting the best of his work with Skid Row.