SEBASTIAN BACH Comments On 'SuperGroup' Season Finale

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has commented on the season finale of "SuperGroup", the VH1 "reality" TV program starring Bach, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, Ted Nugent, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band — dubbed DAMNOCRACY — also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.

Said Bach: "Well, I have seen the season finale of 'SuperGroup'. There are some facts that I need to address:

"Valerie [the DAMNOCRACY publicist from the 'SuperGroup' show] and Doc, you seem to not understand why I feel entitled to some sort of control over the 'SKID ROW' name. Please let me explain (although Doc already knows all this). Back in 1987 when I joined the band, yes, it was already called SKID ROW. I did not think up the name. But the fact is we bought the name 'SKID ROW' from legendary British guitar hero Gary Moore. His band 'SKID ROW' was around in the early Seventies and Gary Moore owned the name when we started in 1987. When the guitar player, bass player and myself all got signed to Atlantic (only three out of five members of the band were actually signed to the label), Gary Moore heard about it and said we could have the name for $35,000 U.S. dollars. Snake and Rachel [SKID ROW guitarist and bassist, respectively] walked into rehearsal and said, 'We have to pay Gary Moore 35 grand to use the name,' and so we, as a band, did buy the name from Gary Moore. We were all glad to do it because it is a great name for a band. I remember looking at Scotti and Rob [SKID ROW guitarist and drummer, respectively] saying, 'Wow, that's a lot of $, but we gotta do it!' What I did not know was that Snake and Rachel put only their names on the copyright/trademark of the name. No other member of the band has ownership of the name, even though three of us were signed to Atlantic. That's the music business for ya. It was not until years later after we bought the name from Gary Moore that I learned that we meant only two out of five members of the band. When I joined the band, we had sold zero records. By the time I was fired in 1996, we had sold over 15 million records. Do I deserve a say in how the back catalogue is distributed, marketed, packaged, remixed/remastered etc.? Yes I do. Do I have any control whatsoever over my voice and image for at least 10 years of my career? At the moment, no. I hope to change this situation in the future.

"I would like to apologize to Uncle Ted Nugent for being an 'unprofessional' during our show at the Empire. The song 'Stranglehold' is one of my favorite songs ever but the song clocks in at 8 or 9 minutes and during a 50-minute set that is a considerable amount of time! So I really did not know what to do onstage during this musically incredible but vocally nonexistent part of the show. I knew there were a stack of DAMNOCRACY shirts backstage that I saw before the gig so I figured, why not give these shirts to the people who came to see the show. I in no way meant to be 'distracting ' during Ted's lead. I'll bet the people who got free DAMNOCRACY shirts did not mind that I did this. Sorry, Uncle Ted, but all I was trying to do was get people to have fun & have a good time.

"This is a reality show but it is more 'show' than 'reality.'

"The world has to know that:

a) Doc McGhee does not manage me (have not talked to him since March)
b) Valerie and Jay are in no way my "publicists" (have not talked to these people since March)
c) I do not have a 'stylist.'
d) Unfortunately, there are absolutely no plans at this time for the band DAMNOCRACY. No tour, no album, no nothin'. I would love to play / record / whatever with DAMNOCRACY but at the moment all of us are busy with our rock and roll, adult film, and hunting careers. I am recording my second solo CD, entitled 'Angel Down', which will be in stores this October. My solo band will be on tour with GUNS N' ROSES this July in the U.K.

"Hope you all enjoyed 'SuperGroup'. See ya on tour."


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