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Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach's version of AEROSMITH's "Back in the Saddle", one of three tracks on Bach's forthcoming CD "Angel Down" that features GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose on vocals, has leaked and was played a few times late last week on an Active Rock station in Texas. According to the station's rep, the phones went off the hook when the song was played and it became the station's #1 most requested track!
Sebastian got the cover of his new CD, "Angel Down", tattooed on his arm by tattoo artist extraordinaire Kat Von D on the October 23 episode of "LA Ink". Watch the segment below.
The cover art for "Angel Down" is an original painting by Bach's late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled "David Watching", was painted in 1990, so an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind", which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.
Bach will release "Angel Down" on November 20. The album was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside". More...
Having just finished his new album with Axl Rose singing on it, Sebastian Bach has signed on as a celebrity contestant for MTV's new weekly competition show "Celebrity Rap Superstar," which kicks off this Thursday, August 30 at 10PM ET/PT.
Bach, known for his Platinum rock pipes as a solo artist, on Broadway, and his days with Skid Row,will be one of eight celebrity contestants culled from the worlds of music, film, TV and sports (Internet gossip mogul Perez Hilton has also been confirmed as a contestant). Bach and the other celebrity contestants will be paired with their own rap mega-star mentor - Sebastian's will be Kurupt from The Dog Pound - with Paul Wall, Warren G., and Tone Loc already on board - who will share their respective knowledge and skills to prepare the contestants with the technique they'll need to be a master rapper. With help from his personal tutor, expect Bach to perform covers of some of the biggest rap songs of all time, create original raps and be tested in freestyle rap competitions, all in front of a live audience. More...
GUNS N' ROSES frontman AXL ROSE has issued the following statement in regard to his participation on SEBASTIAN BACH's new solo CD, Angel Down:
"Bas asked me to sing on his new record, Angel Down, and I agreed and came down to his studio where he played me the tracks. I really liked the title/opening track, 'Angel Down', but I didn't feel that it would be right to be on that one, although, of course, it would've been cool because it's a great rip-your-head-off track!
Since this session was rather a more fun atmosphere, the tracks I sang on kind of showed themselves and were also done out of curiosity on the part of Bas, myself, and his producer, Roy Z, just to see if my involvement brought something that worked for the tracks.
Bas really wanted me on 'Bitchslap', and I got to try my own ideas on it. We're not saying much about the second track, as it may be taken a bit further, and when Bas played the third track, 'Stuck Inside', he suggested a kind of call-and-answer part. They allowed me the freedom to write my own words and melodies, and although it's only a couple of lines, it really felt great. The song has such a mean riff, and Bas' guys were so supportive in so many ways on tour and fun to hang with, that it was great to be a part of something of theirs and I think it really came out strong.
For me, the three songs together are a good package. They are all different, with different approaches and styles from each other and from material I have on the upcoming Guns N’ Roses record. For me, the timing couldn’t be better and I’m quite surprised to be on one song, let alone three!!!
Bas really knew where he saw my involvement on his album and had different options in mind. He knew what seemed obvious, what would be fun, what would work for his album and what he felt I would like. I really liked the energy of the tracks and since I'm rarely asked to do anything I'd actually enjoy or be glad to be a part of, I'm more than grateful for the opportunity and hope the fans get a kick out of it as well."
Sebastian Bach's Angel Down will be on store shelves November 20th.
Sebastian Bach is set to release "Angel Down" on November 20, his first solo album in eight years. The 14-song "Angel Down" was produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Judas Priest), and recorded in July and August at Sound City Studios in Hollywood, CA. The CD will be released via a joint-venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach's Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.
Joining Bach in the studio for "Angel Down" were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, and Bobby Jarzombek on drums, all long-time members of Bach's touring band, as well as Rob DeLuca on bass, who will join Bach and company on the road next summer.
Nine of the 14 songs on "Angel Down" were written or co-written by Bach including the first radio track, "(Love Is) A Bitchslap" (co-written with Roy Z). While more than two weeks away from its official "add" date (September 4), "Bitchslap" is already being played at powerhouse rock radio stations like KUPD in Phoenix and Boston's WAAF. Bach and Roy Z also co-wrote "You Don't Understand," "By Your Side," and "Our Love Is A Lie," while Bach teamed with Desmond Child for "Falling Into You." In addition, the band covered the Steven Tyler/Joe Perry classic "Back In The Saddle." Other tracks include "Stabbin' Daggers," "Take You Down with Me" Negative Light," "Live & Die," "American Metalhead," "Stuck Inside," and "You Bring Me Down." More...
Acclaimed producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, H.I.M.) has posted the following message in his "Caveman Diary":
"Started a new album yesterday — a heavy metal chick — and a great band! Paul Crook (MEAT LOAF, ex-ANTHRAX, SEBASTIAN BACH) on guitar, Scott Metaxas (ex-NUCLEAR ASSAULT) on bass, Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-DREAM THEATER) on keys and Brian Tichy (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, GILBY CLARKE, PRIDE & GLORY) on drums — and a fab singer fom Eastern Europe!"
Vocalist Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW) has posted this brief message on his official website:
"Having a blast in Auckland, New Zealand! First night we got here, turns out the band HELLYEAH is in town! We all went to the show and they tore the fucking house down!! It was great catching up with my old buds Vinnie Paul, Kat, Sterling, and meet the rest of the band, the incredible singer Chad Grey, Greg, Maxwell, and Bobzilla! [photo]"
Here are Bach's upcoming live dates:
July 3 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Westpac Arena
July 7 - Florence, Italy - Rosignano Solvay Evolution Festival
July 9 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
July 10 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
July 11 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe-Centro Cultural Elvira
July 13 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Kvinesdal Rockfestival
July 14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Masstival
MTV.com reports: The Eagles of Death Metal probably hadn't gotten the mustache wax unpacked from their suitcases before their maiden voyage on the S.S. Axl Rose hit an iceberg Friday. On the first night of what was supposed to be a three-week stint opening up for Guns N' Roses, the band was unceremoniously dumped from the bill after a chilly reception from the audience at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Following a well-received set by tour opener Sebastian Bach, the Eagles took the stage and, according to John Soeder, pop critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the band was met with "not deafening boos, but lots of grumbling and grousing and ... indifference."
While a handful of people were dancing along to the Eagles' good-time, sleazy garage rock, Soeder said it appeared as if the majority of the audience was not into it and was even a bit confused by the group, which features Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on drums, who isn't currently touring with the band.
After a two-hour wait for the headliners, Rose came out and promptly dissed the Eagles, asking the audience, "So how'd you like the Pigeons of Sh-- Metal? Don't worry, that's the last show they're playing with us." And, just like that, the Eagles were tossed out of the nest.
The Eagles took the Rose kiss-off with their usual fistful of salt. "At first the audience refused to welcome us to the jungle, but by the time we took our final bow, it had become paradise city," reads a statement from the band released on Monday (November 27). "Although Axl tried to November rain on our parade, no sweet child o' mine can derail the EODM night train. We say live and let die."
"My impression was, and I don't want to belittle the GN'R fans, but they didn't really get the inside-joke quality of the Eagles ... or the facial hair," said Soeder of the handlebar-mustache look sported by Eagles singer Jesse "The Devil" Hughes.
"Axl seemed like he was in a bad mood," said fan Nate Harris, who attended the show. "One of the first things he did was kick out someone who was in one of the first few rows during the opening song. He came back to the 'Pigeons of Sh-- Metal' bit all set long." Harris said Rose also turned the sound man into a target, repeatedly glaring at him, and at one point calling him "useless."
"Sebastian Bach ... they ate up his hair metal hits from the '80s and the new stuff, which sounded like the old stuff," Soeder reported. "But the audience seemed to be confused [during the Eagles' set] as to who the joke was on. They like their metal unironic. Numerous songs slipped into falsetto, and if you're a purist heavy-metal fan, falsetto isn't good."
Harris concurred that the crowd bid the Eagles farewell with "a few boos, some spare applause, but definitely no cheering," and added that Axl concluded the night with a graceful thank you to the crowd for bearing with his bad day.
A spokesperson for Guns N' Roses did not return calls for comment and no announcement had been made at press time as to who will replace the Eagles.
The new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, has received the seal of approval from former Skid Row man Sebastian Bach. And he knows a thing or two 'bout The Rock.
The long-awaited album, which must've been started back when Axl Rose looked like that, is out next month. Apparently. Bach heard the record from start to finish at Rose's mansion in Malibu.
"It's fucking epic," said Bach. "It was mind-blowing. It's a very cool album - it's badass with killer screams and killer guitar riffs, but it's got a totally modern sound.
"There's this one song called 'Sorry', that's almost like doom metal with Axl singing really clean over this grinding, slow beat that is fucking mean. I cannot get it out of my head."
The unofficial, not-yet-confirmed release date for Chinese Democracy is November 21.
Wherever Guns N' Roses have played thus far in 2006, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has likely been there, either opening for GN'R or joining Axl Rose onstage for the duet 'My Michelle.'
For Bach, it's a return engagement: Skid Row opened for GN'R on their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1991. Though Bach is grateful for the opportunities, he admits he doesn't know quite how it happened.
"To be totally honest with you, I don't understand why Axl is so nice to me," Bach tells AOL Music. "I don't know why he just waves his magic wand and points it at me and says, 'You're opening for me all around the world.' To me, it's crazy."
Bach, who will release a new album, 'Angel Down,' in 2007, isn't arguing. "I'm going with it," he says. "It's always been that way for me. It's going to make a good book someday. I see all these rock 'n' roll books and they're all killer, but I laugh. I go, 'Wait 'til you f***ing read my book! My book is going to make [the Motley Crue book] 'The Dirt' look clean,'" he says, laughing.
SEBASTIAN BACH will hit the road with Guns N' Roses on their "Chinese Democracy" tour beginning October 20 at the Vets Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL (see below for full itinerary).
"We are so excited to be going on tour with Guns N' Roses," said Bach. "I have waited for the perfect opportunity to tour North America again, and this is absolutely the greatest tour any of us could ever imagine being on. It has been over ten years since I have screamed in a lot of these arenas, and there are many places on this tour I have dreamed of playing but never have...until now - Madison Square Garden, Air Canada Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills are just some of the hallowed halls I get to rock in on this tour."
Bach's connections with Guns N' Roses is tight. The vocalist opened a number of GN'R European and U.S. Dates this past summer, and, over the course of the tour, joined Axl Rose onstage several times for a duet of "My Michelle." Bach's previous band, Skid Row, opened GN'R's "Use your Illusion" tour in 1991.
For the past three years, Bach's band has consisted of Metal Mike Chlasciak/guitar, Bobby Jarzombek/drums, Steve DiGiorgio/bass, and Johnny Chromatic/guitar.
In September, Bach returned to Australia for two concerts - his first time there since 1993 - and also became only the second rock/metal band ever to perform in China (Deep Purple was the first) when he played the Beijing Pop Festival.
In addition to touring the world, Bach has been busy developing a television career and working on a new album. Teaming up with producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Judas Priest), Bach recently completed recording "Angel Down," which is due out next year and his first solo CD since 1999's "Bring 'Em Bach Alive," and first release since 2004's "Forever Wild" DVD. The singer recently split from Artemis Records and is currently considering several label offers.
Bach recently shot three episodes of the popular Canadian mockumentary TV series "Trailer Park Boys," guesting as a model railroad enthusiast. Over the summer, he starred with Ted Nugent, Jason Bonham, Scott Ian and Even Seinfeld on VH-1's number one-rated reality show, "Supergroup." On September 28, he performed "18 and Life" with contestant Hal Sparks on the season finale of Fox's "Celebrity Duets." In addition, Bach is now in his fourth season playing the role of Gil, the guitarist in Lane Kim's band on the popular CW series, "Gilmore Girls."
Sebastian Bach has also appeared on Broadway several times ("Rocky Horror Show," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Jekyll & Hyde"). He hosted the VH-1 series "Forever Wild," and he and his family were featured on VH-1's "I Married...Sebastian Bach."
Confirmed dates for Sebastian Bach on Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" tour are as follows: More...
In an in-depth interview Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan said the following:
What initially prompted the band to begin playing again?
Rachel: "We missed our fans. We kept getting a lot of e-mails about how people wish we would get back together so they could see us. But we knew when we got back together, we knew we were gonna get a new singer because we had already parted ways with Sebastian [Bach]. We didn't wanna go through that again because it was a marriage that just didn't work and that's all there is to it, ya know? It was a love of the music and a love of playing live. We wanted to create more music as SKID ROW."
At what point did you realize things really weren't working out with Sebastian? Was there a clear defining moment?
Rachel: "For me, it was probably after the first record at some point...once we started to get really popular. We went in to do 'Slave to the Grind' and it came out good and all that, but I think it was in the midst of that tour that the tension really began. We went into it as a band and all of a sudden it became a band and a front guy. If someone brings stuff to the table, that's one thing... if they can back up what they say. But if someone tries to take credit for something they didn't do... that's kinda weird. I would never do that and neither would any of the other guys. But you know what I always say...there's always plenty of rock 'n' roll to go around. He's out doin' his thing and we're doin' our thing and we're happier this way."
So there's absolutely no chance there will ever be a reunion with Sebastian?
Rachel: "No. There's no point in doin' it, ya know? We're happy doin' what we do. We're not gonna jeopardize what we've got goin' on now just so people can say they saw the SKID ROW reunion. It's just not worth it to us. Nostalgia is cool, ya know? We've got our core fan base from back in the day, but we've got new fans too. It's just one of those things where we've moved on. To look back or to go back would be just ridiculous."
Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM, SEBASTIAN BACH) has issued the following update:
"Just returned from China and Australia — amazing experiences all around. We [SEBASTIAN BACH] were the second rock/ metal band to ever play China, following the legendary DEEP PURPLE. Australia shows were sold out — you guys rock and sure know how to party.
"Hope to see you at The Warfiled in San Francisco on September 20 and 21st where Sebastian will be opening for GUNS N' ROSES. Both shows are sold out, but if you have a ticket, we'll see you there."
Check out photos of Sebastian Bach's in-store appearance at Utopia Records on Thursday (September 14) in Sydney, Australia and performance at Selina's in the Coogee Bay Hotel from Getty Images and Wire Image (in-store / concert).
Bach was the support act for much of GUNS N' ROSES' recent European tour and was a regular guest during GN'R's live performances, sharing the mic with Axl Rose for "My Michelle".
As previously reported, an 18-minute audio interview with Sebastian Bach, conducted recently by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia), can be downloaded at this location.
Bach recently announced that he has signed a management deal with Rick Sales of Sanctuary Artist Management. His new solo album, "Angel Down", is tentatively due before the end of the year via Artemis Records.
Bach's current touring/recording lineup consists of the following:
Sebastian Bach - Vocals
Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM) - Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, ex-DEATH, TESTAMENT) - Bass
Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) - Drums
Johnny Chromatic - Guitar
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.
Guns N' Roses' 32-date European trek concluded over the weekend, and now frontman Axl Rose plans to return to the U.S. for a road trip this fall. "We have had an amazing tour and it has been fantastic for the band and I to experience this," Rose said in a press release. "I approached this last show with equal parts determination, obligation, responsibility and insanity. It was an amazing night. I want to thank everyone in Europe and the U.K. for inspiring us and for giving us the opportunity to play for them. We are now looking forward to the U.S. in September." No U.S. tour dates have been revealed. The final stop on the GN'R European tour, Sunday night's gig at London's Wembley Arena, nearly didn't go off. Rose was diagnosed with low blood pressure and low blood sugar on Sunday morning, and became ill after performing two concerts the night before. A physician advised that the frontman skip the stage that night and be admitted to a hospital instead. Rose responded with a "F--- that — I have a show to do and I am not missing it," the release said. He did make it through much of the band's two-hour set before collapsing. Sebastian Bach took over for Axl to perform the show's encore, "Paradise City."
The Associated Press Reports that Axl Rose made a surprise radio appearance to proclaim that Guns N' Roses' 10-years-in-the-making album, "Chinese Democracy," album will finally hit stores this fall.
The comments Saturday on Eddie Trunk's syndicated radio show marked one of the first interviews Rose has given since his failed 2002 comeback tour, which was abruptly scrapped midway amid riots and canceled shows.
Rose's impromptu appearance came when former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, who was co-hosting the show, called Rose's cell phone and patched the call through the studio.
Quizzed on when the near-mythical album would come out, Rose said, "Sometime this fall or late fall." His band could be heard rehearsing in the background. "It will be out this year."
The four warm up dates at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom sold out in less than 3 minutes. Those tour dates are as follows:
May 12 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 14 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 15 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 17 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Sebastian Bach) will join Deicide for their upcoming US tour, which kicks off at the end of May. He replaces Jack Owen, who has returned to Cannibal Corpse duties.
The mighty German heavy metal festival, Wacken, has leant its European marketing muscle to the U.K. in a global demonstration of support for the launch of Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) — the leading independent U.K. festival that is dedicated to heavy metal music.
With Wacken's support, B-O-A will be an international Mecca for heavy metal music fans, producing a metal fest to match any in Europe. Thousands of fans are expected to converge on Catton Hall in Derbyshire on June 24-25 to experience an incredible lineup of European legends alongside fresh U.K. talent; solid rhythm making, blood-pounding, adrenalin fuelled metal! More...
"Metal" Mike Chlasiak, formerly with Testament and Halford, has apparently joined up with Sebastian Bach as the new guitarist.
GOTTHARD have been added to the Bloodstock Open Air lineup. This will be the million selling Swiss Classic Rock acts first appearance in the UK since their debut tour with Magnum in the early 1990's and is sure to please their many UK fans. They will be promoting their latest release 'Lipservice' due out on June 6th on Nuclear Blast. This will be preceded by a single in April, details of which are at gotthard.com. More...
Black Label Society went into the studio recently to record a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1977 classic "I Never Dreamed" for the upcoming Skynyrd tribute album "Heavy Helping" being released by Sanctuary records, which is slated to include Zakk, Corrosion Of Conformity, Metallica, Sebastian Bach, Kid Rock, Saliva, Dee Snider and more.
When asked why he chose that particular Skynyrd song, Zakk replied, "I've always loved that tune. I'm not going to do 'Sweet Home' or 'Free Bird', all the shit you always hear on the radio. Pick some obscure Skynyrd song and make it your own. We Black Labelized the whole damn thing. It came out slammin'! Actually, we're going to put it on our record (Mafia, due out March 8th) as well. It'll probably be the bonus track at the end of the album. So it'll be on both. It's just more publishing for the Skynyrd guys."
As far as a release date for "Heavy Helping," Zakk was unsure. "I have no idea. But with all the other bands that are on there, I'm sure it's going to be amazing. I can't wait to hear it."
Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:
Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing
Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)