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Sebastian Bach

Date: 11/24/12
Venue: BB Kings, NYC
Report By: Rich Catino

Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach closed out two years of supporting his latest solo album, “Kicking & Screaming”, with a stop at New York’s BB Kings. Bach’s touring (and recording) band is constantly changing, the latest incarnation includes Johnny Chromatic on rhythm and lead guitar, Bobby Jarzombek on drums (both 2005–present), with recent additions Jason Christopher on bass and Jeff George replacing Nick Sterling who played guitar on the newest solo album. Bach has always been adamant about making and performing new music live, tonight including four from his latest solo album, the title track, ‘Dirty Power’, ‘Tunnelvision’, and ‘As Long As I Got The Music’, amongst the Skid Row hits (’18 and Life’, ‘I Rememeber You’, ‘Youth Gone Wild’). And speaking of…Bas’ solo material is more contemporary, any remnants of the 80s is really absent, even closer in style to Skid Row’s underrated “Sunbhuman Race” album, with the darker sounding guitars. ‘American Metalhead’ (Painmuseum cover, Metal Mike Chlasciak’s project, he recorded and toured with Bas for a couple years), seems to have become his own tune and somewhat of a classic. ‘(Love Is) A Bitchslap’ and ‘Stuck Inside’ coming from the excellent 2007 album “Angel Down”. As a performer, Bach continues to be full of energy and personality, talking to his crowd making jokes about hanging out with Vince Neil from Motley Crue and how he gets all belligerent once drinking ensues, and having Thanksgiving dinner at Axels’ (Rose, Gun n Roses). He also has done well maintaining his voice and is still able to hit many of those screams from the Skid Row days, just not singing em as high.

I always enjoy seeing Sebastian live, he loves what he does, pays respects to his past while keeping current with new music, but I miss him and the Skid Row boys together. The first Skid Row album has many great songs, “Slave To The Grind” is just perfect heavy metal, and “Subhuman Race” is grossly overlooked. Would loved to have seen where they went next, and really many of those songs on “Angel Down” could have been it.

Slave to the Grind
Kicking & Screaming
Dirty Power
Here I Am
Big Guns
(Love Is) A Bitchslap
Stuck Inside
Piece of Me
18 and Life
American Metalhead
Monkey Business
As Long as I Got the Music
I Remember You
Youth Gone Wild

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