Bach to rock OmniWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking with Sebastian Bach is highly entertaining — just like you think it’d be.
The former frontman of Skid Row who went on to star on Broadway and appear on TV shows chatted during a phone call from Beverly Hills, Calif.
“I’ve been very lucky to do things in my career, that life has imitated art and art has imitated life,” he said. “When I sang the song ‘Youth Gone Wild,’ I was 19 and I was f****** wild; there was no doubt about that. And in my new record, ‘Kicking and Screaming,’ the lyrics totally fit my life.”
Bach will bring guitarist Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek to an 8 p.m. show Feb. 3 at the Omni, 2567 W. Bancroft St. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the night of the show. Also on the bill are Sugar Boxx and Stohl-n. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Toledo Free Press: “As Long As I Got the Music” sounds like your theme song.
Bach: It’s kind of like my KISS song of the record, you know, get your fist in the air; that’s the anthem of the record. I like the sparseness in the verses where it’s just me and the drums with big power chords. And the lyrics are incredible; they fit me so good: “What you say don’t mean a thing/ I’ve got the open road and my six-string/ Cuttin’ loose is all we know/ Don’t matter where we go/ Out of luck, no soul to spare/ Broke and stranded I don’t care.” It’s saying as long as I got the music, you can’t bother me, and that’s 100 percent true. If I’m having a rough day or things aren’t going my way, I can put in my iPod, listen to music, and it takes me away into another world. I think that’s the best part about all music. It really is so visceral and it makes you feel so much.
TFP: Are you planning to return to Broadway?
Bach: They’re asking me to be in the Broadway production of “Rock of Ages.” I’m the first person they ever asked to be in that, but, to me, I didn’t know if that was making fun of rock. I’m not interested in making fun of what I do for a living. But I just did the movie “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, and the movie was incredible. So I haven’t seen the play. Maybe I’ll go watch it and maybe I’ll enjoy it and maybe I’ll do that play.
But the plays that I did, “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” and to a lesser extent “Rocky Horror,” were totally legitimate Broadway productions … and that interests me more than some rock ’n’ roll Broadway thing.
TFP: What Broadway role would you like to play?
Bach: I would like to be in the “Spider-Man” musical; I’d like to be the Green Goblin, but I know everybody’s on trapeze, swinging around the venue, so I don’t know if I’d really be into that [laughs]. I’m into the role of the Green Goblin; I’d like to kick the crap out of Spider-Man onstage eight times a week. I’d really love to do that; it’d be a lot of fun.
TFP: How did the gig on “Gilmore Girls” come about?
Bach: I’m the rock guy that people come to if they need a rocker, that’s what it seems to be, and they were impressed with my Broadway credentials. The producer Dan Palladino called me at home and I read the script and we laughed, thought it was quite funny, and the next thing I knew I was on a plane out to Hollywood. It was a lot of fun; I miss the cast.
TFP: Any chance you’d reunite with Skid Row?
Bach: Yes, I would consider it if they gave me $5 billion. I think that’s what I’ll do it for, [laughs] that’s a nice round figure. You give me $5 billion, I’m in.