Skid Row icon Sebastian Bach remembered one of his early performances as a newbie band member in his latest conversation with Metal Edge. The famous musician revealed that he was very nervous and how his friends helped him to solve this problem shortly before the concert.
The milestone moment in Bach’s professional career happened when he performed at a wedding after Jon Bon Jovi’s parents discovered his exceptional talent as a vocalist and recommended him to Dave Sabo. Before gaining international fame and commercial success with his career as a Skid Row member and later as a solo artist, Bach took place in a local band named Anthem, which was his first. He was a teenager then, and his bandmates were five years older than the frontman.
In addition, during his interview, Bach recalled his gig with Anthem, which was going to play the school dance at Lakefield College School. The singer shared his feelings about that performance, saying that he was full of anxiety and fear because of being on the stage for the first time. Thus, while the others were getting ready to play, Bach stopped at the cafeteria and said that he couldn’t do it, but they couldn’t lose a member.
Their solution for Bach’s stage fright was to grab him by the neck and take him to the stage where they would play for school kids. The Skid Row vocalist stated that they opened the show with The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under My Thumb,’ and also performed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Wino’ and ‘Free Bird’ along with a Rush song.
Bach said in his interview that:
“It was with my first band, Anthem. We played the school dance at Lakefield College School. I was very nervous, and I didn’t want to go onstage. On my way to the stage, I ducked into the cafeteria and said, ‘I can’t do this.’ Everybody in the band was five years older than I was, and they grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and threw me on the stage!
We did songs like ‘Wino’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd; we did ‘Free Bird’ at the end of the night. I think we opened with The Stones’ ‘Under My Thumb.’ We may have done a Rush song. Things like that.”
Consequently, Sebastian Bach’s former bandmates’ slightly violent behavior was the beginning of his longtime success in the rock music industry. Even though they could talk to the young man to convince him, they chose another way which became more memorable for him.