Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach talks what needs to happen for a reunion with his former band
Bach appeared on a recent episode of the “I Am All In With Scott Patterson” podcast and was asked if there had been any talk of a reunion of SKID ROW‘s classic lineup. Sebastian responded: “There was texting and a little talking. But there needs to be more talking.”
When it was pointed out that there has been a re3sugence of popularity of the other 1980s rock bands who have been able to play stadiums as of late, Bach agreed, saying: “Absolutely. POISON and Joan Jett, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD… Yeah.”
When Sebastian was asked “what is wrong” with the remaining members of SKID ROW when it comes to refusing to reunite with Bach, he replied: “Well, I have a manager named Rick Sales, and he protects my interests. So they’ve gotta deal with the business side of things, and they would rather maybe not deal with that, as far as I can tell — just not deal with that. But there’s always a number. I mean, we’re all still alive.”
Earlier this year, SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo joined Loaded Radio’s Scott Penfold and was asked how he feels about people still calling for a reunion with Bach. He said: “Well, it’s been 23 years [since SKID ROW reformed], so to say that I’m over it would be an understatement. We attempted [a reunion] slightly [back in 2016]. We dipped our toes in the water and realized that it didn’t feel so good. It’s just one of those things where we still could not see eye to eye; we couldn’t even get past the point of simple texting.
“I am really, really happy where we are,” Snake continued. “I’m very proud of our past, and all due credit to everybody who’s been involved in every aspect of our career, whoever that may be, ’cause it all led to where we are now.
“I’ve been asked a thousand times: ‘What about the payday [of a reunion with Sebastian]?’ And that’s all well and good, but if that’s why I did this — if that’s why we did this; I can speak for everybody — we probably wouldn’t be doing it,” Sabo explained. “I wanna be happy, and I am very, very happy. And so are the guys; everybody’s really happy.
“The music climate is what it is, and we’re a classic rock band, and I’m proud of that. And we’re still able to make music. I mean, Jeez — I live a very, very blessed life, man,” Snake added. “I have nothing but gratitude and humility for what we have achieved and for what we’re able to continue to do. So while there may be people out there who are flashing dollar signs with a lot of zeroes, I still have to be happy doing it, and I am. And that’s what’s most important. I need to be happy being in a band with the people I’m in a band with. A lot of other bands can go out and they don’t see each other till they’re on stage and travel on separate buses and all that stuff, and that’s all well and good, but I don’t wanna live my life like that. I don’t wanna be up onstage and kind of living a lie; it just doesn’t feel good. So, while I’m thankful for people’s interest and whatnot, I’m even more thankful that we still get to play music for a living under our terms.”