Singer Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed and was asked what he thought was when he first heard that Axl was going to be replacing [Brian] Johnson on the road with AC/DC.

Bach replied, [as per], “I was jealous that I didn’t get a chance, ’cause I can f–kin’ sing AC/DC pretty f–kin’ good too, and I’m not just saying that. [Laughs] So, at first, I was, like, ‘F–k, man!’ I was jealous. But then, of course, I understand, obviously, why he would ge the gig — because people don’t know how to sing anymore; it’s like a dying art.”

Bach then discussed that there aren’t really any new great rock vocalists, saying: “Maybe I haven’t heard any, but where is the new Jeff Buckley? Or where’s the new Steve Tyler? Okay, Geta Van Fleet — there’s the new Robert Plant; that’s for sure right there. But there’s a lack of original-sounding heavy metal vocalists. Unless I’m not hearing any. But I don’t know.

To me, when we were all starting out in the ’80s, we all knew that we had to have our own sound. That was the goal of every musician back then — because there was no such thing as Pro Tools or computers. I had to find my own vocal sound, of Sebastian Bach. And I was even working on that… Even when I first got in Skid Row, Jon Bon Jovi said, ‘Sebastian, sometimes you sound like Vince Neil, sometimes you sound like [Ronnie James] Dio, sometimes you sound like [Rob] Halford, sometimes you sound like Neil Diamond.’ [Laughs] He goes, ‘You have to find your own sound.’ And it freaked me out. I was, like, ‘Fuck! I have to do this, like, right now!’ [Laughs] I have to find what is the Sebastian Bach vocal sound.

Making the first Skid Row record, my two favorite singers were Rob Halford and Steve Perry, and if you listen to 18 And Life, you can hear the influence. You can hear I Remember You is influenced by Journey, the vocals. I can hear it — maybe you can’t, but I can hear it.”

Sebastian is currently on tour, see the remaining dates below.

Sebastian Bach Home Away From Home 2018 Tour Dates:
Special Guests: The Standstills

June 29 Kingston Ontario @ The Ale House & Canteen
June 30 Waterloo Ontario @ Maxwell’s

July 2 Montreal Quebec @ Les Foufounes Electriques SOLD OUT
July 4 Halifax Nova Scotia @ Casino Nova Scotia
July 5 Moncton New Brunswick @ Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick
July 7 Quebec City Quebec @ Festival d’ete De Quebec
July 8 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
July 10 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
July 12 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
July 13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
July 14 Woodhaven, MI @ Uncle Sam Jam

August 18 Imperial Nebraska @ Chase County Fair

September 29 Las Vegas Nevada @ Fremont Street Experience

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  • Dana on

    Eh, I ❤️ Baz’s voice. I hear his influences, but I think he definitely sounded like himself on that first Skid Row record.

    I always said, that after my idol, the one and only Rob Halford, departed Priest, Baz would have been the only one that I could picture, at that time, taking his place. He would have done the songs justice, hit all the proper notes, but it would still be Sebastian, not a Halford clone.

    No offense to Tim “Ripper” Owens, but I was quite miffed that they replaced The Metal God with someone from a Priest tribute band. 🙄 When Halford took a leave of absence from Priest, so did I. But, as I always say, to each their own. 😉

    D 🙂

    • shannon mehaffey on

      Mandy Lion was up for the Priest gig too but he turned it down because he said there was no way he could do it without either not sounding like Halford or sounding exactly like Halford…lol…Mandy told me Rob is irreplaceable. Mandy is a great singer (A combination of Lemmy and Halford; a very unique voice). “Love You to Death” rules and he can still hit and sustain all those notes now….very tough to do and keep all that grit in there at the same time.

  • elliot goldberg on

    I pray to the god of neil diamond. don’t diss Garfunkel, either.

  • James K. on

    Real “singing” in metal practically doesnt exist anymore with newer bands. There are,a few, but none too original. Eddie from Kyng and Jay from Rival Sons can really sing. But most of the really heavy bands just have someone screaming. I understand it’s a technique that isn’t easy to do, but some of those bands would sound MUCH better if they had a vocalist that could do more than bark and scream

    Dana, I’ve become a fan of Ripper from more of what he did after Priest than while he was there. I also thought it was not cool of them to get someone who’d basically learned to imitate Rob. Blaze didn’t fit in with Maiden but I at least gave them credit for not finding a Bruce clone.

  • T on

    His opening scream in “Monkey Business” is still frightening (in a good way).

  • shannon mehaffey on

    No, no, no…you use poor quality bootlegs and the songs are covers; thus, a very weak argument. He’s a great singer, great, not good, great, he has his own sound too. I don’t appreciate you calling him a weirdo either because he’s a good friend of mine.

    • Loadout on

      What is Mandy doing these days?? Why does he always wear a hat?? Balding? Not that that is a bad thing.

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