Ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he “would love the chance” to bury the hatchet with his former bandmates and reunite the group’s classic lineup.
Vocalist Tony Harnell left SKID ROW in December, less than a year after he first joined the band. His predecessor, Johnny Solinger, was fired in April 2015 after a fifteen-year stint with the group.
Writing on his Twitter account, Bach said: “Only way a SKID ROW reunion could happen is if we somehow tried [to] bury a 20-year hatchet between us. Would love the chance to do so #SitDown”
SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo recently told The Aquarian Weekly about the possibility of SKID ROW reuniting with Bach: “Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet. People may [not] believe that and that’s okay. Anybody who knows me knows that to be true. I don’t think you can place a price on happiness. We’ve been hit repeatedly over the years with, ‘Why don’t you do a reunion tour?’ And you know what? I understand the question and I get it. I really do, and if I were on the outside, I’d be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea.”
Bach told 100PercentRock.com last year that he hasn’t grown tired of people asking him about a SKID ROW reunion. He explained: “When people say, ‘Are SKID ROW going to get back together?’ I understand that question. [But] I haven’t been in the same room as [SKID ROW bassist] Rachel Bolan since ’96. It’s coming up on 20 years. If we ever were to reunite on a stage — that’s almost 20 years of getting over whatever the hell it is he’s mad about, because I’m not mad at all. The fact that the five guys in GUNS N’ ROSES are still alive, and the five guys in SKID ROW, we’re all still alive, that’s a miracle. It’s almost, like, if you have the chance to do something that epic, and you don’t do it, it’s kind of, like, selfish to me, really.”
Bach didn’t rule out one day returning to the band that made him famous, but made it clear the reunion isn’t up to him.
“It’s very easy for me to walk on the stage and sing the same songs that I already sing every night,” he said. “It’s not hard, so I don’t understand what the holdup is. You’d have to ask them.”
In a 2010 interview, Bolan stated about SKID ROW’s split with Sebastian: “There was so much tension and so much infighting that it was hard to write songs. Snake and I formed the band, we wrote the songs, and then other people played and sang it. People wanted to break away from what had been working, and that impeded the songwriting.”
Regarding the decision to reform SKID ROW in 1999 without Bach, Bolan said: “The blood was so bad after [1995’s] ‘Subhuman Race’ and there was just so much stuff in the press, we knew it wasn’t going to work [with Sebastian]. We decided we’d rather go on being happy with what we were doing than get right back into all the tension and dissension. We loved the music, we loved playing, and we knew we could do this and have fun again. So we decided right there to continue without him.”
Only way a Skid Row Reunion could happen is if we somehow tried2 bury a 20 year hatchet between us. Would love the chance to do so #SitDown
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 6, 2016