This Day In Music 03.04.2016
Sebastian Philip Bierk known professionally as Sebastian Bach, was born in Freeport, Bahamas born April 3, 1968.
A veteran of short-lived, little-known bands including Herrenvolk, Madame X, V05, and Kid Wikkid, he was living in Canada when in 1987 he received a demo tape from an unknown New Jersey band in search of a lead singer; the group was Skid Row, formed a year earlier by ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo. Dave Sabo had spotted him singing at famed rock photographer Mark Weiss's wedding. Signing to Atlantic, Skid Row issued its self-titled debut album in 1989. An opening slot on Bon Jovi's tour combined with heavy MTV airplay of the video Youth Gone Wild launched the band to stardom. Singles like 18 and Life and I Remember You bot reached the Top 10.
Skid Row - 18 and Life (live at Wembley Stadium,1991)
In late 1989 when, during a concert in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown on-stage; the singer proceeded to hurl the bottle back into the crowd, where it hit the face of an innocent girl, before physically assaulting another audience member as well. Sentenced to three years' probation, Bach then appeared on MTV wearing an offensive T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "AIDS Kills Fags Dead," (a parody of the insecticide ad slogan, "Raid: Kills Bugs Dead".) prompting outcries from the gay community.
Skid Row second album, 1991's Slave to the Grind debuted at #1.
Skid Row – Monkey Business
Bach 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 bandmate's answering machine telling him that you are never too big to open up for Kiss. Ironically enough, four years later, Skid Row was one of the opening acts for the 2000 Kiss Farewell Tour without Bach.
The first solo album Bring 'Em Bach Alive arrived in 1998, followed by a live DVD (Forever Wild) in 2004 and Angel Down in 2007. Bach also turned his hand to musical theater; he appeared in Broadway productions of Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
After the release of his 2009 EP, Finding My Way, Bach kept busy touring, and went out on the road opening for Guns N' Roses on their Chinese Democracy tour after repairing his friendship with Axl Rose. He also showed his goofy side by voicing Prince Triton in SpongeBob SquarePants.
Bach suffered misfortune when his New Jersey home was rendered uninhabitable by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Nevertheless, the release of his fourth solo album, Kicking & Screaming, went ahead as planned a month later. In 2013, after the release of the live disc Abachalypse Now, Bach, then living in L.A., went back into the studio with producer Bob Marlette to record his fifth album. The resultant effort, Give 'Em Hell, featured Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan in Bach's band, and also had a cameo from guitarist Steve Stevens. The album appeared in the spring of 2014.
Sebastian Bach – Temptation (from Give 'Em Hell)