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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)
SEBASTIAN BACH has sent out the following press release:
"INCREDIBLE! I am totally excited to announce that we are HEADLINING "The UK'S Biggest Metal Festival" BLOODSTOCK on June 24/25 2005! This is the first time in my life I have ever headlined an outdoor festival in England and we are gonna tear it up in a major league fashion! The last outdoor show I did there was Casltle Donington 1995 opening for METALLICA so this is definately something I have looked forward to for a long time! The bill is incredible too! Opening the show are EDGUY, EVERGREY and HUMANITY so far, with more acts to be announced! See you again ENGLAND this June we can't wait!
Bach has also posted a number of new live and backstage pictures by George Chin from December 16th in London, England.
EDGUY have now confirmed their appearance at the BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR on 25th June 2005. They join Sebastian Bach, Evergrey and Humanity. Eight more bands remain to be confirmed.
The band-lineup of next year's installment of Bang Your Head is gaining shape: former Skid Row-vocalist Sebastian Bach was confirmed to play at the event set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. Bach played this year's Bang Your Head as well: He was hired as substitute for White Lion as the reunion of the latter failed last minute. Bach turned out to the huge surprise act of the festival ans delivered an frenetically acclaimed live set with an high-energy performance of many Skid Row-classics.
Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of Ten Years." To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events, among them prominent names like Twisted Sister and Motorhead. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.
The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June:
Axel Rudi Pell
+ 5 more huge acts
+ 1 very special guest
All further details about the Bang Your Head may be found at ww.bang-your-head.de.
Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via homepage. Prices are 59 - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. By this it the organizers want to ensure that the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event won't suffer.
Posted on www.sebastianbach.com:
I am pleased to announce the addition of drummer Mark Prator to the band ! We have been shredding all month in preparation for our Mexican tour this week! Mark Prator is the drummer on the Iced Earth album "Dark Saga" & is also the man behind the kit on the "Demons & Wizards" album with Jon Shaffer. The music is steady, solid, & heavy. We are really gearing up now for the new album & we cannot wait to play Mexico this week with Mark Prator on the drums so look out Mexico, we are gonna kick your ass!