Ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has told Billboard in a new interview that he hasn't been able to get in a room with his former bandmates to discuss a possible reunion because "they fucking hate me." But he is still hopeful that they might play together again someday. "For the fans, and for me as a fan, yes, I'd like to do it," he said. "My father died at age 57, and his father also died at 57 — and every time I go online, somebody in rock is dying or getting cancer or just getting too old to do it anymore. I don't know if I'll be around for the next 30 years, so why not do it while I'm still physically capable?"
Asked what it would take to get to that point, Bach said: "If they'd just let my manager, Rick Sales, take them out to dinner, the [original] band would be on the road again. But they don't like dealing with managers. Unlike them, it is physically and mentally impossible for me to be mad at somebody for so long — 23 years! That's like being mad at someone from grade school. But it's a thin line between love and hate. I don't love anything about the situation now with the band. But I love everything about when the [first SKID ROW] album came out."
Bach recently issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's upcoming tour, in which he will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut by performing the album in its entirety.
Drummer Rob Affuso — who left SKID ROW in 1998 and claims to be "the only former member that keeps in contact with all former SKID ROW bandmates and is still good friends with them all" — subsequently responded to Bach on Facebook, writing, "Sure! I'll be there dude."
Bach replied to Affuso, writing, "OK, 2 outta 5 ain't bad. See you soon."
Bach parted ways with SKID ROW in 1996. Three years later, the group resurfaced with vocalist Johnny Solinger, who fronted the band until 2015. After an eight-month stint with former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell — who Bolan said last year was a "really bad match" that "just didn't fit" — SKID ROW recruited former DRAGONFORCE vocalist ZP Theart, who has toured with the group for the past three and a half years.
This past February, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that a reunion with Sebastian "would have been great for a lot of other people who have wanted to see that happen. But for us, it would not have been pleasurable, to be quite honest," he said.
Theart will appear on SKID ROW's forthcoming Michael Wagener-produced studio album, which will mark both the group's recording debut for Golden Robot Records and the conclusion of its "United World Rebellion" trilogy.