Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he had a cordial relationship with his ex-SKID ROW bandmate Rob Affuso until he read an interview the drummer gave to a radio station earlier this year in which he spoke unfavorably about the possibility of a reunion of the group’s classic lineup.
Asked by Australia’s Maximum Volume if he is still on “talking terms” with his former bandmates in SKID ROW, Bach responded (hear audio below): “No, I’m not on talking terms with them. The drummer I was on talking terms with until I read this article he did on Blabbermouth that pissed me off. So that was the last contact I had with any of those guys.”
The change in Bach’s stance toward Affuso appears to stem from an interview the drummer did with “The Jim Chinnici Radio Show” this past May in which Rob was asked if he thinks SKID ROW’s classic lineup — featuring Affuso on drums and Bach on vocals — will ever reunite. He responded: “Well, I have tried, unsuccessfully, three times, kind of, full-court press — for any basketball fans out there — to get it back together, to try to get Rachel [Bolan, bass] and Sebastian in a room and talk. And, inevitably, either Sebastian would say something stupid two weeks prior and then piss Rachel off or whatever… I don’t wanna say ‘stupid’… but he’d say something to piss Rachel off. And then Rachel would be, like, ‘Well, fuck you.’ And that happened, like, literally three times. And the one time I thought it was about to happen, and it just fell apart. I don’t see it happening; I really don’t. I’ve tried. I think Rachel and Snake [guitarist Dave Sabo] just don’t wanna do it. They’re happy where they are, and they wanna move forward.”
Affuso went on to admit that the fact that SKID ROW’s classic lineup can’t reunite “really kills [him] on many levels.” He explained: “One, as a professional… As a kid growing up and dreaming of being a rock star and working your ass off to be somewhere and get somewhere and then you find this group [of people] that you grow with. So it’s very disappointing, because you grow up and you reach this incredible level of success, and then you have [these] fights and drama. And okay, so then it ends, but you know what?! A few years, several years down the road, we’re all still alive, we’re all viable, we’re all still playing our instruments. So it’s just very… it’s sad. It’s sad that we had that [and we can’t bring it back]. We were less than one percent of the people on earth — we had this special thing — and it’s been taken away by… It’s just that [Rachel and Snake have the attitude], ‘No, we don’t wanna do it. We’re gonna do it our way.’ Which is fine. I mean, Rachel and Snake own the name; they own the name SKID ROW and they are the main songwriters. So, in essence, they can do whatever they want with the name. They could put Winnie The Pooh and Mickey [Mouse] up there and call it SKID ROW. No offense to the guys, but I’m just saying… They own it. With that said, I really don’t see it. I’ve tried, I’ve tried, I’ve tried… I don’t see it, unfortunately.”