During a brand new interview with Loudwire, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was once again asked if he would be open to a reunion of the band’s classic lineup. He said (see video below): “I don’t have any reason why not to do that. I mean, I have a manager named Rick Sales, and he guides my career, and something like that is way beyond me. I don’t know how to answer that. But if they wanna get together and jam…
“I’m just so fucking busy that I don’t… I know the fans think about that all the time. I’m doing twelve cities in thirteen days right now; it’s hard to describe to people what that is, how much work goes into it. So my brain is focused on what I’m doing. I’m releasing a book [and] there is a lot that I have to do.”
Sebastian continued: “I have no animosity towards anybody in SKID ROW, and the fact that we’re all, five of us, still alive in this world is a pretty amazing feat. So I would someday definitely like to hear the five guys who made those records play live together again. Yes, I would. ‘Cause I’m a fan too.”
Asked if there has been any contact between him and his former bandmates in SKID ROW about a possible reunion, Bach paused for a long time before answering: “Rick Sales is my manager. He handles everything to do with the SKID ROW reunion. And if there is a reunion, it’s a very complicated business thing, and I really… I just don’t even know what to say. I don’t know what to say.”
After being pressed again about whether he would want to reunite with his former band, Sebastian said: “I’m up for it, if they are.”
Back in January, Bach addressed the possibility of a reunion with SKID ROW. He wrote on his Twitter account: “Only way a SKID ROW reunion could happen is if we somehow tried [to] bury a 20-year hatchet between us. Would love the chance to do so #SitDown” He added in another tweet: “To be honest, I have said some super shitty things [to] them [and] about them. I would like to apologize for shooting my mouth off.”
SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo told The Aquarian Weekly about the possibility of the band reuniting with Bach: “Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet. People may [not] believe that and that’s okay. Anybody who knows me knows that to be true. I don’t think you can place a price on happiness. We’ve been hit repeatedly over the years with, ‘Why don’t you do a reunion tour?’ And you know what? I understand the question and I get it. I really do, and if I were on the outside, I’d be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea.”
Bach told 100PercentRock.com last year that he hasn’t grown tired of people asking him about a SKID ROW reunion. He explained: “When people say, ‘Are SKID ROW going to get back together?’ I understand that question. [But] I haven’t been in the same room as [SKID ROW bassist] Rachel Bolan since ’96. It’s coming up on 20 years. If we ever were to reunite on a stage — that’s almost 20 years of getting over whatever the hell it is he’s mad about, because I’m not mad at all. The fact that the five guys in GUNS N’ ROSES are still alive, and the five guys in SKID ROW, we’re all still alive, that’s a miracle. It’s almost, like, if you have the chance to do something that epic, and you don’t do it, it’s kind of, like, selfish to me, really.”
Bach didn’t rule out one day returning to the band that made him famous, but made it clear the reunion isn’t up to him.
“It’s very easy for me to walk on the stage and sing the same songs that I already sing every night,” he said. “It’s not hard, so I don’t understand what the holdup is. You’d have to ask them.”
In a 2010 interview, Bolan stated about SKID ROW‘s split with Sebastian: “There was so much tension and so much infighting that it was hard to write songs. Snake and I formed the band, we wrote the songs, and then other people played and sang it. People wanted to break away from what had been working, and that impeded the songwriting.”
Regarding the decision to reform SKID ROW in 1999 without Bach, Bolan said: “The blood was so bad after [1995’s] ‘Subhuman Race’ and there was just so much stuff in the press, we knew it wasn’t going to work [with Sebastian]. We decided we’d rather go on being happy with what we were doing than get right back into all the tension and dissension. We loved the music, we loved playing, and we knew we could do this and have fun again. So we decided right there to continue without him.”
Singer Tony Harnell announced his departure from SKID ROW last December, eight months after he joined the band as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, who was the group’s frontman for fifteen years.
SKID ROW has played several shows in recent months with the South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), but he has not been officially named as the permanent replacement for Harnell.