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Sebastian Bach

Today we will tell you some interesting facts about the singer, songwriter, and actor Sebastian Bach:


1. He was born in Freeport, the Bahamas on April 3, 1968, as Sebastian Philip Bierk.


2. At a young age, his family moved to the city of "Peterborough" in Ontario, Canada.


3. In his youth his immense talent for singing was discovered and he even served as a "choir boy."


4. His nickname as a child is "Buzz", from there it was already a short way to "Bach". He decided to change his name and be named after the famous composer.


5. Already at the age of 14 he auditioned for the band "Kid Wikkid", whose members were between the ages of 25-and 30.


6. When the band moved to Toronto he asked his parents to move with them to the big city. They initially objected, but eventually, his father agreed to allow his son to pursue his dream and he moved in with his aunt in Toronto.


7. In 1985 Bach wandered again following his love of music, he crossed the border into the US and joined the band "Madam X", which played mainly Hard Rock and Glam Metal.


8. "Skid Row" was formed in New Jersey in 1986. Its original singer Matt Fallon left the band in 1987 and the band members were looking for a replacement singer.


9. As fate would have it, Jon Bon Jovi's parents attended the wedding of music photographer Mark Weiss, where Sebastian Bach performed. Jon Bon Jovi's parents, who were impressed by Bach, recommended the charismatic singer to Dave Sabo.


10. To complete the picture it should be noted that Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Sabo were childhood friends who promised each other they would help each other succeed in the music industry.


11. When Dave Sabo approached Bach and invited him to audition, he was not enthusiastic at first. He was not interested in being a member of another band based in the United States. But after hearing the demons of "Skid Row", he boarded a plane and auditioned.


12. Sebastian Bach passed the audition of course and in 1987 became an official member of the band.


13. The band released their eponymous debut album in January 1989. It was a huge success with sales of over 5 million copies, thanks in part to hits such as "18 And Life" and "I Remember You".


14. After the album's release, "Skid Row" was able to serve as a warm-up band for "Bon Jovi" during the "New Jersey tour", thus fulfilling Bon Jovi's promise to Dave Sabo.


15. "Skid Row" became the hot thing in the Glam Metal scene, when later that year they warmed up "Motley Crue" and "Aerosmith".


16. Already at this point Bach was revealed to be a "problematic" person, when during a warm-up performance for "Aerosmith", held on 27/12/1989 in Springfield Massachusetts, a fan threw a bottle on stage. Bach tossed the bottle back to the crowd and hit a fan in the head. He later jumped into the crowd and started hitting the fan who threw the bottle.


17. In another performance on the same tour, Bach wore a T-shirt bearing the caption "AIDS Kills Fags Dead" and provoked a huge protest.


18. In June 1991 the band released their second album "Slave to the Grind", which jumped straight to number one on the US Billboard 200 and was a huge success.


19. On this album, the band adopted a tougher sound moving away from the Glam Rock scene and going toward Heavy Metal.


20. The song "Wasted Time" from the album, was written by Bach about his good friend drummer Steven Adler.


21. Riding on the success of "Slave to the Grind", Sebastian Bach and "Skid Row" embarked on a world tour that lasted almost a year, during which "Skid Row" warmed up "Guns N' Roses".


22. It is interesting to note, that during that long tour, "Skid Row" took "Pantera" and "Soundgarden" as their warm-up show, and at one point they even approached "Nirvana" and offered them to serve as an opening show, but "Nirvana" members declined the offer, among other things because they thought the band was too homophobic.


23. Bach will release another EP and an album with "Skid Row", but will be fired from the band in 1996, due to friction with the other band members.


24. The frictions revolved around, among other things, Sebastian's desire that "Skid Row" will serve as an opening act for "Kiss". The rest of the band objected, claiming they were too big to warm up "Kiss". Bach believed that no band was too big for "Kiss", and the controversy over this was the trigger that would lead to his dismissal from the band.


25. Later in 1996 Sebastian Bach formed the band "The Last Hard Men".


26. "The Last Hard Men" released their debut album in 1998, but the album failed commercially, which led to the band's dissolution.


27. In 1999 Bach released his first solo album "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!'". The album included "Skid Row" songs alongside new songs.


28. In 2000 Bach broke into an acting career, when he appeared on Broadway in the play "Jekyll & Hyde". Paul Stanley of "Kiss" was also nominated for the role but Bach won it.


29. In 2001 he played the character of Riff Raff in the play "The Rocky Horror Show".


30. In 2002 he hosted the TV show "Forever Wild" which was broadcast on "VH1".


31. In the same year he also got the lead role in a remake of the play "Jesus Christ Superstar".


32. Sebastian continued with his acting and television career until 2007 and has appeared in series such as "Gilmore Girls" and the movie "Clueless".


33. In 2006 he was part of the reality show - "Supergroup" on "VH1".


34. During the show Ted Nugent managed to get him to quit alcohol and warned him that if he went back to drinking he would "kick his ass". During the last show, Sebastian brought a bottle of Jack Daniels and teased Ted. It was Bach's joke, inside the bottle was "Ice T".


35. In 2007 Bach released his third solo album and the first which was a studio album - "Angel Down". The album features his good friend Axl Rose in two songs, one an original song and the other a cover version of "Back in the Saddle" by "Aerosmith".


36. Sebastian Bach has released two more albums in his solo career, "Kicking & Screaming" in 2011 and "Give 'Em Hell" in 2014.


37. He has quite a few collaborations with various artists, among them: The song "Time for Change" from the album "Dr. Feelgood" by "Motley Crue", the song "Sorry" from the album "Chinese Democracy" by "Guns N' Roses", the song "I Don't Live Today" from the album "Heavy Hitters" by "Michael Schenker Group", Ace Frehley, Duff McKagan "and more.


38. Ahhhh and he's also a big fan of "Rush" ...


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