Sebastian Bach has blasted bands who have chosen to play live shows during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that those musicians "care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die".
While the coronavirus has devastated the live event industry this summer, and nearly all major concerts and events have been pushed to 2021, several states, including South Dakota, have fared better than others in the pandemic. As a result, live performances in South Dakota have been allowed to resume, with attendees largely free of social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in the country.
After it was announced earlier today that FOZZY had played three shows this week in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa, Bach took to his Twitter to write: "Any 'musicians' putting on rock n' roll shows in the United States of America at this time care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die".
He continued: "My fans mean everything to me they have given me an incredible life. I will protect my fans. My fans actually mean more to me than money does".
The former SKID ROW singer, who recently accused FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho of "miming to a tape" during FOZZY's live performances, added in a separate tweet: "Bands that pretend to sing live on stage do not support the rock n' roll community. They support the 'Don't be Tardy for the Party' community. Performers who pretend to sing live to a tape wreck it for those of us who actually do".
Last month, Jericho challenged Bach to a "singoff" with "no effects, no tuning, no bullshit" in response to Sebastian's allegation that Chris "mimes to a tape" during FOZZY's live shows. "Bas is a great singer...but I'm better," Chris wrote on Twitter." The wrestler-turned-singer added: "I've never mimed anything ever! I will fucking sing in your face anytime, anyplace dude. I've been a fan & a defender of u since day one...but don't u ever question my rock abilities!" Bach fired back: " You're full of s*** bro. Every clip on the Internet is you miming to a tape. I will sing in your f****** face anytime. Wrestling is not rock and roll. I will show you f****** rock and roll. Check your texts set up The Sing-Off I am ready when you are".
Sebastian, who has been outspoken about rock bands using pre-recorded backing tracks during live shows, later tried to explain his outburst, writing: "I'm not trying to beat anybody at anything. I'm actually trying to say hey Chris maybe you're right maybe I'll stop singing live and prance around while the tape is playing just like you do Chris. I'm tired of trying so hard it's like beating my head against the wall."
After a self-proclaimed Bach fan called Sebastian "an asshat" on Twitter for firing "the first shots" in his war of words with Jericho, Bach came back with: "Hey man f*** you. I have spent my life learning how to sing live on stage. When someone comes along and mimes to a tape it sucks for all of the rest of us that don't. You want to go see a wrestling match good. Don't call it rock and roll"