During a recent conversation with Gater Bites, former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach revealed that Van Halen sounded like a really dirty Cheap Trick to him when he first heard the band’s music.

Sebastian Bach is a successful singer and songwriter who rose to prominence as the frontman of Skid Row. He played with the band between the years 1987 and 1996 and was fired after some disagreements. Following that, Bach continued a solo career and released several solo albums. Today, the musician still continues touring and making music.

Bach’s interest in music started in his childhood. He used to listen to his mother and aunt singing at home, which gave him the confidence to sing. The musician joined a church when eight years old, and while singing a hymn, realized he wanted to sing for the rest of his life.

Speaking about his early inspirations with Gater Bites, Sebastian Bach revealed some of his favorite bands. He said he loved Cheap Trick and resembled Van Halen to a really dirty version of that band. The musician then claimed that the first Van Halen record had a street nastiness that he had never come across before.

Sebastian Bach told Gater Bites that:

“I loved Cheap Trick, a South Florida resident. St. Pete, Robin Zander, one of the greatest of all time. Then Van Halen came out and they were to me like a really dirty Cheap Trick.

Because they were like, there was something the first Van Halen record that had a street nastiness that I had never heard before. I don’t know how else to put it. It was just like so cool and badass.”

You can check out the rest of the interview below.