Roger Lotring, the journalist who was responsible for writing the five-page SKID ROW story in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine, has responded to ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's claim that the U.K. publication has "fucked him around" by "lying about him" and "completely missing the point of rock 'n' roll."
Regarding Bach's assertion that Lotring lied when he wrote in the Classic Rock story that "Sebastian Bach refused to be interviewed for this article because he does not want to live in the past, even though his live set is half songs from the first record," Lotring said, "Yes, I repeatedly requested an interview, to be told via e-mail through a representative that he [Bach] feels talking about SKID ROW is living in the past. I was told that he would talk about the debut SKID ROW album, but only during an interview for his new album (I'm not clear if that meant a forthcoming album, or 'Angel Down')."
As to why Sebastian would make the claim that Lotring "has always fucked me in print," Roger said, "I've never met Sebastian, actually. But back in 2003, I was assigned to write a SKID ROW feature about their first album featuring Johnny Solinger. So, I interviewed the entire band following a show in Connecticut. Four days later, I visited them again at a show in Massachusetts. Backstage, after the show, when someone asked Johnny about Sebastian, he said: 'Man, Sebastian Bach is a rock star! Me, I'm just the singer in SKID ROW.'
"That was the opening line of my SKID ROW feature.
"I chose that SKID ROW album as my favourite album in the Metal Edge 'Year In Review' issue that year. I also revisited that quote. Turns out, that issue also featured an interview with Sebastian on-set of 'The Gilmore Girls' TV show.
"Apparently, when said issue came out, his cast mates gave him a hard time about me liking SKID ROW without him, and also Johnny's quote."