Sebastian Bach, who just kicked off a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's self-titled debut album, says that drummer Rob Affuso will join him for a few shows on the trek.
Asked in a new interview with PopCulture.com if there is any chance of a other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup taking part in the anniversary tour, Bach said: "Well, the drummer will be joining us for a few shows, Rob Affuso. He's kind of like the lukewarm water of SKID ROW, like Derek Smalls of SPINAL TAP. He gets along with them and me. So that's why he's doing it.
"We almost did reunite last year," Bach continued. "It didn't happen for business reasons, I would say. But we're all alive — that's all I can say. And it would be fun. Everybody would love that. They would love that."
Pressed about whether it's "nostalgic" for him to be playing SKID ROW's debut album in its entirety, Bach said: "Well, it certainly is, because it was 30 years ago. I don't have any problems with that. We do a lot of these songs in our set anyways, but there are three or four that we never, ever, ever do. And I guess the fans like the novelty of, like, when they put a CD in their car, or when they listen to it on their phone, the album, they like to have that happen live in their face. But it's a new thing for me to do an album in its entirety. And there are songs on here that I wouldn't do — like, I'm not gonna do these next tour. Well, I don't know about that. 'Cause I don't do things just for money, but if the money's right, I might think about it. [Laughs]"
Asked if it feels different for him to play the early SKID ROW songs without the other members of the band's classic lineup, Sebastian said: "Not for me, it's not. The only thing I would say that is different is that SKID ROW was a two-guitar band. In my band, it's one guitar. Sometimes it's too loud for me. I'm just being honest. If it's too loud for me, I can't really sing as good as I can. It's gotta be at a controlled volume."
In June, Bach issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's current tour. A few days later, during an interview with Finland's Kaaos TV, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo confirmed that he would not accept Bach's latest overture. "I'm working with my band," he said. "This is SKID ROW, and this is what I do."
Asked by Rolling Stone if he thinks his former bandmates are offended that he put his invitation out there publicly, Bach said: "No. I think it's an ego thing. They don't like when I get attention, and they don't get attention. It's always been like that. I can already see them getting mad, because I'm selling out shows, and they're not part of the show, and blah, blah, blah."
Bach parted ways with SKID ROW in 1996. Three years later, the group resurfaced with vocalist Johnny Solinger, who fronted the band until 2015. After an eight-month stint with former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell — who Bolan said last year was a "really bad match" that "just didn't fit" — SKID ROW recruited former DRAGONFORCE vocalist ZP Theart, who has toured with the group for the past three and a half years.