'Jesus Christ' Producer: SEBASTIAN BACH Was Only Selling 30-50 Tickets Per Show

April 11, 2003

The producer who fired former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach from the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has challenged Bach's account of the events that led to his dismissal from the show, saying that Bach missed an entire five-show weekend in Columbus after refusing to accept minor changes during curtain calls — a move Sebastian felt would "erase any sense of rock 'n' roll" from his performance. In an e-mail sent to the Spouzic! sports and music web site on April 9, executive producer Tom McCoy said, "I won't go into great detail, but the straw that finally broke the camels back was an incident that occurred two Fridays ago in Columbus Ohio. I asked the director of 'JCS' to go out and adjust the curtain call in a very minor way, to portray Sebastian in a better light. Sebastian was warned weeks earlier in a letter from me that this would happen. During the rehearsal, he decided not to accept the director's changes, walked off stage, got into his car, and vanished, missing the entire five-show weekend in Columbus. We had been putting up with this kind of behavior from the first day of rehearsals. Columbus gave me the legal opportunity to finally get rid of Sebastian. After all his bluster about 'his fans', I found it interesting that he left his Columbus fans high and dry. This story is just the tip of the iceberg, but suffice to say that the entire 'Superstar' company is thrilled with the change, now that the white elephant in the middle of the living room has left the scene. Since Sebastian's name was only selling between 30 and 50 tickets per night in 3,000 seat theatres, it made the decision even easier."

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