Sebastian Bach says that he has no say in whether he reunites with SKID ROW or not, explaining that his return to the group lies solely at the hands of their respective managers.
SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo last week shot down the possibility of a reunion with Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are "slim to none."
During an appearance on the "Quinn & Cantara Morning Show" on the PYX 106 radio station, Bach addressed the likelihood of him going back to SKID ROW, saying (hear audio below): "At this point, it has nothing to do with Snake or me. It has to do with two guys. One of them's named Doc McGhee and the other is named Rick Sales. Doc is trying to put together the reunion of SKID ROW and Rick has managed me for over 10 years now. And they're the two guys who can make it happen."
Bach also took issue with the BLABBERMOUTH.NET headline that referenced Snake's comment that "there was talk" last year about a possible reunion with Bach.
"The funny thing is I read the headline… I don't read everything else, if I can help it. [Laughs] But I can't miss the headline," he said. "So it says, 'Why the reunion talks with Bach failed.' There was no talk. There was not one talk. I have not talked… You would think if there's 'talks,' that would involve people talking, right? That never… What the headline should have said correctly and accurately is, 'Why the Bach reunion texts did not happen.' Because all we did — the members of SKID ROW — was have a group text. I should upload the thread. It's, like, a couple of texts: 'Hey, you wanna do this?' 'Hey, what's going on?' 'Hey, okay, you wanna do this?' 'I don't know.' 'Well, fuck you then.' [Laughs]"
Sebastian went on to reiterate that "the only guys that are putting [a SKID ROW reunion] together are Doc and Rick. It's beyond me and Snake," he said. "If we can't get it together on a group text, then there's really hope to us [being able to make the reunion happen on our own].
According to Bach, a reunion of SKID ROW's classic lineup is "just not up to me. If you read all of this stuff [that the members of SKID ROW have been saying], those guys have their own [idea] of what they think is cool and fun," he said.
Asked point blank if he would take part in a SKID ROW reunion if it was offered to him, Bach said: "Sure. Yeah. Why not? We're all still alive."
Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.
In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.
Earlier in the month, Sabo told the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume that "there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth" between SKID ROW and Bach about a possible reunion, but "what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed… We got offered a lot of money. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again," he said.
According to Sabo, the disagreements between SKID ROW's core members and Bach about a possible reunion "had nothing to do with money. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give… I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there]."
Despite his lack of interest in being in a band with Bach again, Sabo did not completely rule out a reunion with the charismatic singer. "I always never say never," Sabo said. "I guess that's like my way of not committing to saying, 'No, it will never happen.' The chances of it happening, I mean, I would say they're slim to none, but I never say never."
SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill in August also ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don't want to "put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."