Michael Sweet and Sebastian Bach finally got the opportunity to meet in person for the first time since their online spat at this year’s edition of the Kiss Kruise.
Bach and Sweet buried the hatchet in private, and later teamed up on stage during Bach‘s solo set to perform KISS‘s version of “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You” and VAN HALEN‘s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”.
Bach told the audience from the stage:
“In the spirit of rock and roll music… We’ve only got one life. We’re lucky to be here. From our Lord Jesus, God, I’m being totally serious right now… Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to welcome to the stage Mr. Michael Sweet of STRYPER. Rock ‘n’ roll brings us together; that’s what rock and roll does. Let’s hear it right now… Life is too short.”
Following the performance, Sweet and Bachsat down with Gargano to discuss what had transpired. Regarding how the feud between them began, Bach said:
“The Internet happened. Every single headline is, this guy said this about this guy, this guy said this about this guy. It’s not about the new record, it’s not about the new video. It’s about this guy called this guy a name. And everybody reads sh*t about themselves online that they don’t like, and then they say something back. So it never ends.”
“You know, one thing said is maybe misconstrued or misunderstood, and another thing is said in retaliation, and then it heats up and people start fueling the fire and it just becomes a nightmare. That’s what happened. And it went on for a long time and today was the day that we put all that aside, buried the hatchet and said, ‘This is stupid.’ ”
“Life is too short,” Sebastian repeated.
“I don’t wanna fight with anybody. There’s enough rotten sh*t in the world. We don’t need rock and roll to piss us off. Rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be fun.”
Earlier Sebastian Bach had slammed Christian rockers STRYPER, saying that their music “sucks.”
The feud beween the former SKID ROW singer and STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet began in November 2016 when Sweet shared a video on Facebook of 16-year-old emerging artist Moriah Formica perfoming the SKID ROW track “I Remember You”, along with the caption:
“Moriah Formica kills this and in my humble opinion, smokes the original singer.” He also proceeded to call Bach a “tool” in the comments section after being questioned about the caption by a fan.
After being alerted to Sweet‘s post by a fan, Sebastian fired back, writing in a tweet:
“Michael Sweet has a big f*cking mouth. Behind a keyboard that is. Can’t wait to see this p*ssy in person again someday.”
While speaking to “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” at last Friday’s (October 6) “Bowl For Ronnie” event in Studio City, California, Bach was asked about his war or words with Sweet. He said (see video below): “All I know is that when I see a headline on Blabbermouth and it says, ‘Bach Slams ‘P*ssy’ Sweet,’ you’ve just kind of gotta do a double take on that one.”
Pressed about whether he likes Sweet on a personal level, Sebastian said: “I don’t, actually. I think STRYPER sucks. I’ve always thought that — since I was a little kid. I think their songs suck, I think their f*cking clothes suck. Should I go on? What are they gonna [do] — whip a Bible at me? [Laughs]”
After clarifying that his opinion of STRYPER doesn’t have anything to do with the Christian messages in the band’s lyrics, Bach said: “I think they just make bad records. And I don’t think they ever did make good records.”
Sweet last November released a statement in response to Bach‘s “p*ssy” comment, saying that “anyone who knows me knows that I express my opinion and I’m more than willing to back it up. I do my best to be honest yet not to be mean-spirited or destructive. I’m also no p*ssy. Obviously, Sebastian doesn’t know me, because if he did, he’d know that as fact.”
He added: “Unfortunately, I think because I’m a Christian, some people think that I’m supposed to ‘turn the other cheek’ and let people say and do whatever they want. I guess the ‘p*ssy’ in me won’t let me do that.”