Sebastian Bach has his work cut out for his Slave of grinding 30th anniversary tour. His former band’s second album, Skid Row, topped the charts, is packed with dizzying vocal tracks and screeches – no small feat to duplicate on stage every night. But the 53-year-old singer tells UCR it always has been.
âI’m playing it for myself now, but there’s never been a time in my life that I could have put it on and made this record in one fell swoop,â Bach said. “This album is a studio creation that pushes us to the limit. And I never had a problem doing stuff in the studio that might be impossible to do live, because for me, making a record is not the thing. same as doing a show Like Pink Floyd’s The wall Where [the Beatles’] Sgt. Peppers – I mean, these are amazing records. The Beatles never came out and did Sgt. Peppers with all the sound and stuff. They made a record, then they went to do a show. It’s two different things. But I’m doing my best to do it the best that I can. “
Registration Slave of grinding was a huge challenge for Bach, even as a nervous 22-year-old with superhuman tips and an appetite for controversy. He blew his voice up while recording the melodic, searing screams of the album closer to “Wasted Time” and had to take a few weeks off to sing. âI was trying to push my voice as hard as possible, but sometimes you can push it too hard, and this record is a great example of that,â he says.
These days, Bach says, in-ear monitors make it easy to perform such demanding songs without pushing his stage mix to deafening levels. “I have it at a comfortable volume, because when I watch three months of shows, I’m not going to hurt my ears,” he adds. “I’m not going to sacrifice my hearing for rock and roll no matter how much I love rock. Sometimes it’s too loud, and sometimes you’re too old.”
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As more and more of his own 60s and 70s rock ‘n’ roll heroes throw in the towel, Bach is keenly aware that he and his hard rock peers, such as Guns N ‘Roses and Motley Crue, are becoming the benchmark of the genre. older statesmen. âI see our bands leaving us all the time,â says Bach. âYou know, David Lee Roth is retiring, and Kiss says they’ll be done by next year. So I feel a responsibility, to the fans and to rock and roll, to have respect for the scene.”
For Bach, that means keeping his show 100% live – no backing tracks are allowed. “I don’t see a lot of bands coming up that will replace [the classic rock stars]”he said,” because too many of them rely on tapes, and it won’t last the test of time. There’s going to be a time when these tape groups are going to have to do this for real, and people are going to be like, “This is a fucking joke.” And I just know that real musicians hit your heart a lot harder than guys miming on tape. “
There is no shortcut to musical mastery, Bach points out. These “real musicians” just had to get to work. âNeil Peart and Eddie Van Halen, they weren’t locked in their rooms playing video games 12 hours a day,â he says. “That shit didn’t exist. They were locked in a room with their instruments.”
With that, Bach is about to do the same.
âI get on the bus and go sing for an hour and a half, and it’s a day off,â he says. “But I know how to do that, and my voice sounds better the more I sing properly, and I don’t really take days off. I’m gonna do scales, and I’m just gonna keep the throat going and keep the rock rolling. . “
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