Iconic vocalist Sebastian Bach brought his energized Tour Of Hell 2014 rock n’ roll show to the Machine Shop on August 8th, 2014.
The original voice of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide and is currently out on tour in support of his newest solo release, Give ‘Em Hell.
Bach got his start in music at an early age. At only 14 years old, he started out singing in a Canadian band called Kid Wikkid. His time with Kid Wikkid would last from 1983 to 1985 where he then did a short stint as vocalist for the band Madam X, right before joining Skid Row.
At the age of 18, Bach joined Skid Row, replacing original vocalist Matt Fallon. He achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987 to 1996.
According to Bach’s Wikipedia page, he “was eventually fired when he booked a show where Skid Row would have opened for KISS in 1996. Other band members told Bach that Skid Row was too big to be an opening act and that they were not going to do the show. Bach then left a message on a band mate’s answering machine telling him that you are never too big to open up for KISS, and subsequently left the band. Ironically enough, four years later, Skid Row was one of the opening acts for the 2000 KISS Farewell Tour , without Bach.”
Since his departure from Skid Row, he has acted in Broadway plays, had many television roles, played in a couple of different bands, and now leads a successful solo career.
In 1996, Bach formed a band called The Last Hard Men, with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, Breeders lead guitarist Kelley Deal, and Frogs guitarist Jimmy Flemion. The group lasted long enough to record one full-length self-titled album.
Bach went on to record a solo album in 1999 titled Bring ‘Em Bach Alive!, which was mainly a live album composed of Skid Row songs from Bach’s era in the band. There were also five original new solo studio recordings included on the album.
Bach began performing in Broadway productions in 2000 making his Broadway dÃ©but with the title role in Jekyll & Hyde, while also appearing as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show in 2001. Shortly after, Bach went out in the national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the title role alongside Jesus Christ Superstar veteran Carl Anderson.
During his years on Broadway, Bach also became the host of VH1’s Forever Wild and would end up releasing a DVD video of live performances, called Forever Wild, in 2004.
Bach did some TV acting between 2003 and 2007 with a recurring role on the WB television show Gilmore Girls as Gil, the lead guitarist in Lane Kim’s band, Hep Alien. He also had a reality based show on VH1 titled I Married …Sebastian Bach.
In 2006, Bach starred in Supergroup, another VH1 show, which also included Ted Nugent, Jason Bonham, Scott Ian, and Evan Seinfeld. This reality show followed these five musicians over a 12-day period during which they lived together in order to create, plan and perform a live show together. The musicians chose Damnocracy as the name of their band. The show ended with the band performing a concert at the Empire Ballroom, in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5th, 2006. They continued to jam together after shooting for the show had wrapped up however they did not release any albums.
In 2007, Bach released his next solo album titled Angel Down and spent the bulk of the next few years touring with Poison, Dokken, and Guns N’ Roses, during which time he also won the second season of the CMT reality show, Gone Country.
2010 saw Bach providing the voice of Prince Triton, King Neptune’s rebellious son, in SpongeBob SquarePants in the episode, SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton. 2011 saw him performing with Asking Alexandria at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and Rock on the Range plus his next solo album, Kicking & Screaming. In 2013, Bach released the ABachalypse Now album.
Most recently, Bach has released his newest slab of rock n’ roll titled Give ‘Em Hell and is out on tour in support of its release. Respectfully, the album peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart and at #72 on the US Billboard 200.
Bach’s Tour of Hell made a Sold Out stop at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan on August 8th, 2014 with local heavyweights Chrome Mollie and Ironsnake opening up the show.
Chrome Mollie started out the night with their kick-ass blend of balls-deep, energetic rock n’ roll! These guys were no opening act as the whole place erupted the minute they hit the stage. Even Sebastian Bach was impressed as he came out to join the Mollie boys on stage during their set! The Mollie boys posted on Instagram that it was an honor to share the stage with him. Bach’s reply to the post, “Hey dude. I never do that. The reason I did that is because I was listening to (you) guys tear it up and I thought you were a great band! Love the tunes! You guys rock!” These guys killed it. The crowd even tried getting the band to come back out on stage.
Ironsnake took the stage next. They like to call their style of music, “No cock block cock rock!” These Flint-Town rockers have to be one of the funnest 80’s hair metal tribute party bands around! Although playing cover songs, these guys play most of these songs as good as, if not better than, the original artists who recorded the songs! They kept the party rolling along until Bach hit the stage after the conclusion of their set.
Bach hit the stage to an over-enthusiastic crowd. He sounded great and really put his ‘all’ into his performance. The crowd ate it up as he sang classic Skid Row tunes mixed in with a selection of others. His voice is still there sounding better than ever!
Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on hand to catch these bands in action. Here are his images from that night.