Sebastian Bach’s time in Skid Row ended when he left a “horrible” message to Dave “Snake” Sabo
In an interview on the August 7 episode of “Another FN Podcast“, Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill was asked whether it was true that former singer Sebastian Bach‘s time with the band ended when he reportedly booked the group to open for KISS without first consulting his bandmates.
Hill responded as follows (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “That caused a giant uproar is what it did, and [Sebastian] did something to Snake that was unacceptable… He called his house on Thanksgiving and said some horrible things into his answering machine, and Snake says, ‘You know what? I’m not gonna be in a band with you anymore.’ There you go. It’s as simple as that.”
Wikipedia reports the split between Bach and his Skid Row bandmates as follows (with slight edits): “Subhuman Race was released in March 1995, and charted in the top 40 on the American charts. Although it did not achieve the success of its predecessors, it charted one single in the US and received positive reviews. At that point, the band shifted to performing at smaller venues and its videos were rarely played on MTV, partly because of the rise in popularity of grunge and subsequent decline of many 1980s heavy metal styles. Skid Row was the opening act for Van Halen on its North American leg of the tour. Eventually, Bach was fired by the band in late 1996 after an argument with Bolan who turned down an opening slot on the Kiss reunion tour even though Bach already booked it. Other band members told Bach that Skid Row was too big for an opening act and that they were not going to do the show. Bach then left a message on a bandmate’s answering machine telling them the band was never too big to open for Kiss.
Bolan had a side project, a punk band Prunella Scales who was playing at the same time as the planned Kiss show. The rift between Bach and the other band members subsequently led to him leaving Skid Row. Four years later, Skid Row was one of the opening acts for the 2000 Kiss Farewell Tour. In 1998, Skid Row released the compilation 40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row. After Bach‘s departure, the remaining members continued as Ozone Monday with singer Shawn McCabe of Mars Needs Women. In 1998 and 1999, the group opened up for Kiss and Mötley Crüe under the new moniker.”
In terms of Skid Row getting back together with Bach, Hill stated in his interview with “Another FN Podcast” (and as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “People are, like, ‘Hey, man, do it for the fans.’ Not at the expense of my happiness, no… Sorry. It ain’t fucking happening. ‘But do it for the fans.’ No… We appreciate fans — we do… We’re probably the most fan-friendly band you’ll ever meet. I meet people all the time, and they say, ‘You guys are so friendly, ’cause we met this band last week and they were assholes.’ Or, ‘We met this band’ — we hear this shit all the time. We’ll go out in the cold, we’ll hang out with them, but what we won’t do is put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now.”
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