Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has weighed in on the recent spat between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun over Braun's $300 million purchase of Big Machine Label Group, home to the pop singer's first six albums.
Last weekend, Swift posted a Tumblr response to the news that Braun had acquired Big Machine, claiming the manager bullied her back during the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West drama.
"I learned about Scooter Braun's purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I've received at his hands for years," Swift wrote. "When I left my masters in [Big Machine founder] Scott's [Borchetta] hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words 'Scooter Braun' escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn't want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever."
TMZ caught up with Bach at the Los Angeles airport earlier this week and asked him for his take on the Swift-Braun feud.
"Well, [Atlantic] lost the masters to the first SKID ROW record a couple of years back, I was told," Sebastian said. "I don't know if that's true or that. I don't know if they're in [Jon] Bon Jovi's basement. I don't know where they're at.
"I think when you're younger, you feel bullied, but when you get older, you look back and it all kind of makes sense," Bach continued. "And you have to sometimes give credit where credit's due. And maybe Taylor Swift, maybe we wouldn't be talking about her if she didn't make business deals that she did make. I'm saying when you're young, you're young and pissed off, but when you get older, you kind of mellow out and just get to the gig. [Laughs]"
Sebastian reiterated that his perspective on his early business dealings has changed over the years. "I signed some bad deals too, and I was mad about that when I was her age," he explained. "[But] it's all good [now], man. I don't think about it. I'm too busy."
Bach recently said that he was about to sign a new record deal for his upcoming solo album. The disc, which is not expected to arrive before next year at the earliest, will feature contributions from several well-known guitarists, including John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Orianthi (ALICE COOPER).
Last year, Bach told Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station that he would ink a deal with a U.S.-based heavy metal record label that would help him make a "career-defining" new solo album.
Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since "Give 'Em Hell", which came out in 2014. Like its predecessor, 2011's "Kicking & Screaming", the disc was released through Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian label which specializes in what's commonly called AOR, a term that once signified a popular radio format ("album-oriented rock") but nowadays applies to acts whose airplay is marginal.