Sebastian Bach says that he will "commemorate in some way" the upcoming 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's debut album.
SKID ROW's 1989 multi-platinum, self-titled effort featured the Top 10 hits "18 And Life" and "I Remember You" and was supported by a six-month tour with BON JOVI.
Asked in a new interview with Herald-Tribune how he feels about the "Skid Row" milestone, Bach said: "Well, you know, you only get one 30th anniversary, so it is quite amazing. I don't have contact with those guys" — referring to the other members of the classic SKID ROW lineup — "so that's kind of a drag, but I'm not going to ignore that 30th anniversary. I plan on commemorating it if I can in some way, possibly with a live show; we're thinking about that. I think Atlantic is thinking of re-releasing the first album, but I don't know the details on that. But we'll find out soon."
Bach joined SKID ROW in 1988 as the replacement for the band's original lead singer Matt Fallon, who sang on demo versions of songs that were eventually re-recorded for SKID ROW's first LP.
Earlier this year, Bach said that he reached out to his former bandmates about doing something special for the album's 30th anniversary. "I texted 'em, the whole band. I go, 'Hey, guys, January of 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the 'Skid Row' record coming out. I think we should maybe put out a re-release with bonus material and 'Oh Say Can You Scream' Blu-ray and posters and passes' — everything that RUSH puts out that I go buy and everything that every other band puts out… ALLMAN BROTHERS," he told Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station. "I collect this stuff. I go, 'Let's do a 30th-anniversary [re-release]. Hope you all are well. Look forward to hearing [from] you.' And I sent that, and I got no response. I'm not making this up; I'm just telling you. Five guys! No, nothing. Okay. I guess that's a dumb idea. It's the 30th anniversary of the first album. The fans would probably dig a deluxe package. But stupid old me — what do I know? [Laughs]"
In a 2015 interview with Loudwire, Sebastian accused his former bandmates of not acknowledging SKID ROW's legacy. "It makes me heartbroken that the first SKID ROW album came out 25 years ago and there is not a 180-gram vinyl addition with a poster and a… It makes me nuts," he said. "It makes me crazy, if you want to know the truth.
"I don't even have to be in the same room with those guys to do that shit. Why don't we embrace the legacy like every other band? All I mean by that is put out a DVD, put out a vinyl record, put out a box set."
Bach added: "I would like to apologize to my fans and SKID ROW fans. I'm sorry that you can't go enjoy what we made for you. It doesn't exist. There's not one DVD of our videos. You cannot go and buy a DVD of the '18 And Life' video — it doesn't exist. Why? I mean, why?"
Following his departure from SKID ROW, Bach started performing in Broadway shows like "Jekyll & Hyde" and "The Rocky Horror Show", and appeared on television shows, including "Gilmore Girls" and VH1 reality show "SuperGroup". He also pursued a solo musical career, most recently releasing the 2014 album "Give 'Em Hell".
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