Almost thirty years into his career as a recording and touring artist, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has told Australia’s Hawkesbury Gazette that making his live performances as entertaining as possible is still of foremost importance.
“The one thing I did take from [watching] KISS [in concert] is number one, rock ‘n’ roll should be fun,” he said. “Some of these guys on the Internet these days are so not fun. There’s so much negativity. This guy says this about this guy and this guy says this about this guy. Rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t like that when I was a kid. There was nothing but put on a great show and have fun and have a good time. It was like a communal vibe, but the Internet is so negative all of the time, it seems to have changed what rock is — punching out other band members or something. But that’s how we get our rock ‘n’ roll now. There’s no more rock magazines — that’s the way it is.”
Bach also talked about the fact that he spends less time running around the stage nowadays, preferring to make sure he can deliver the goods in terms of his vocal performance.
“Everybody films everything, so the days of me just going completely nuts physically up there are coming to a close, because people, when they watch that shit on their phones, they’re like note police,” he explained. “I’ve got to just stand there and sing as much as I can. I hate to bum anybody out, but that’s the reality.
“When I’m in the studio making my records, I’m not running around the studio or jumping. My shows are more about the vocals than they used to be. In SKID ROW, when we started, we were teenagers. We would just go up there and go crazy and it was fun, but those were different times.
“So I come out and I warm up for a little bit and I give the people the songs they want to hear, and then once the sound sounds good and everybody’s into it, then I put the hammer down. You get all the rock and roll and then songs like ’18 And Life’ and ‘I Remember You’.”