Sebastian Bach is a Canadian Hard rock singer best known as ex-frontman of Skid Row. His real name is Sebastian Philip Bierk and he was born on April 3, 1968 in the Bahamas and is of Norwegian, Native American and French Canadian decent.
Current Members (Edit)
- Sebastian Bach – Lead Vocal
- Nick Sterling – Guitar & backing vox
- Johnny Chromatic – Rhythm guitar
- Rob DeLuca – Bass Guitar and backing
- Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
- Bach 2: Basics (2001)
- Finding My Way (2007)
- Angel Down (2007)
Live Albums (Edit)
Bring ‘Em Bach Alive! (1999)
Sebastian Bach is a Canadian Hard rock singer best known as ex-frontman of Skid Row. His real name is Sebastian Philip Bierk and he was born on April 3, 1968 in the Bahamas and is of Norwegian, Native American and French Canadian decent. Currently, Sebastian and his wife Maria reside in New Jersey and have 3 children together.
From an early age, Sebastian was a gifted singer and sang wherever he could and it was a wedding gig that he was scouted by Skid Row with an offer to join. That offer was initially turned down.
Bach’s career is well documented on Skid Row’s biography on GlamRock.com
After Skid Row, Bach has appeared in a number of diverse spots including -
In 1993, Bach provided vocals for Triumph’s “Rock N’ Roll Machine” during the Q107 Hall of Fame broadcast.
In 1996, Bach formed a rock band called The Last Hard Men. The group recorded a full-length, self-titled album for Atlantic Records who then opted not to release it. In 1998 it was released to a very limited pressing of 1000 CDs. This run may have been sold via mail order only. The album has since been re-released and can be purchased commercially.
In 2000, Bach began performing in Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut with the title role in Jekyll & Hyde in April 2000. Although originally only contracted through early September, Bach received good reviews and was asked to extend until October 15. Replacing him was David Hasselhoff, whom Bach mentored during rehearsals.
Sebastian also appeared as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show in 2001. On November 28, 2001 Bach appeared at New York Steel, a benefit concert held in response to 9/11. He appeared early in the show, left to perform on Broadway, and returned at the end when all performers gathered for a final song.
In early 2002, he became the host of VH1’s Forever Wild. In October that same year, Bach was signed to perform in the national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the title role alongside JCS veteran Carl Anderson.
On April 2003, following a disagreement with the director, Bach was fired for alleged diva-like behavior. He has said if he ever did the show again, he would like to try the role of Judas next time. A DVD video of live performances called Forever Wild was released in June 2004.
Sometime in 2003, Bach auditioned for Velvet Revolver before the band found Scott Weiland.
In 2005, Bach cooperated with Henning Pauly to be the singer on the Frameshift album called An Absence of Empathy, which was released in April 2005.
From 2004 to 2007, Bach had a recurring role on the WB television show Gilmore Girls as “Gil”, the lead guitarist in Lane Kim’s band, Hep Alien.
On May 12 and May 14, 2006 at the Guns N’ Roses’ warmup show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Bach joined Axl Rose on stage for the song “My Michelle”….. He joined Rose and gang for a third time the following night (May 15) to sing “My Michelle” once again. He also joined them for their Pre-Download Festival show in the Apollo Hammersmith, London, singing My Michelle.
On September 13, 2006, during a show at Selinas in Sydney, Bach stormed off stage during the encore. After two earlier similar incidents, Bach had warned the crowd that the throwing of any more plastic bottles and/or cans onto the stage would lead to him walking off. As the encore began (Youth Gone Wild), Bach was hit by a plastic cup, threw down the mic and left the stage.
Bach during the tour with Guns N’ Roses, at Wembley Arena, London in 2006.
On September 28, 2006, he appeared on Celebrity Duets singing with Hal Sparks. Bach later was on the road with Guns N’ Roses, touring around the world until late 2006.
Rose introduced Bach by saying that the two had rekindled their friendship in the previous week after 13 years of not speaking. On June 4, 9 & 11 he again joined Rose on stage at the 2006 Gods of Metal Festival (Milan), Download Festival in RDS Dublin and in Donington, respectively. He also appeared on several other tour dates during GN’R’s European tour. On September 23, 2006, he joined Axl on stage once again at KROQ’s Inland Invasion festival in California for a rendition of “My Michelle”. On July 30, 2006, Bach filled in for an ailing Axl Rose for “Nightrain” and the encore “Paradise City”. He has also recently performed backing vocals on the song “Sorry”, from Guns N’ Roses new 2008 album Chinese Democracy.
In 2007, on an episode of the Trailer Park Boys season seven titled Friends of the Road, Bach played himself as a celebrity guest hosting a model train convention. He later meets Ricky and Julian in a parking lot to smoke marijuana. In episode “Going Off the Rails On the Swayze Train” in the same season, Bach returns as the accomplice on the American side of the border helping to facilitate a drug deal over the border.
During beginning of June 2007 Bach headlined a tour of Japan, playing to Japanese fans in Nagoya, Osaka and 2 nights in Tokyo. His touring band consisted of “Metal” Mike Chlasciak on guitar, Johnny Chromatic on guitar, Rob De Luca on bass and Jason West on drums filling in for the injured Bobby Jarzombek. After the Japanese tour, his band supported the Australian & New Zealand Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ tour.
Bach announced a partnership record label with EMI to jointly create a label owned by Bach, including his album Angel Down, which was released on November 20, 2007. Bach also recorded backing vocals for a track on Guns N’ Roses’ long-delayed album, Chinese Democracy, which was released on November 23, 2008.
Sebastian Bach spent the summer of 2008 playing with Poison and Dokken. He also did a solo Australian tour in May & has been working on new songs with Jamey Jasta from HATEBREED, for the follow up to his Angel Down CD.
Sebastian Bach was also the winner of the second season of the CMT reality show, Gone Country.
Bach still performs with his band, Sebastian Bach (formerly noted as Bach Tight Five and Sebastian Bach and Friends).
Bach is currently touring as an opening act for GNR’s Chinese Democracy tour 2009-2010, and still performs “My Michelle” with Axl Rose on some nights (at least in Quebec City on February 1).