Rachel Bolan has shot down the suggestion that a specific incident between him and Sebastian Bach caused him to never want to work with the ex-SKID ROW singer again.
"There was no one event [that is keeping the reunion from happening]," Bolan told the "Cobras & Fire" podcast (hear audio below). "People are, like, 'Why do you hold a grudge?' And I'm, like, 'I'm not holding a grudge.'
"There was members of the band that just didn't get along from day one. And we toughed it out, we had success — awesome.
"We're having fun, man. Scotti [Hill, guitar], Snake [Dave Sabo, guitar] and I are having a blast. We're doing tons of shows.
"Another misconception is people think we're all broke," he continued. "You don't sell 20 million records worldwide [and have nothing to show for it] — unless you blew it all. But they have a conception that we're broke and that we should get together [with Sebastian] and do one show. It's, like, okay, where you would like that show? Would you like it in your backyard? We'll make it easy for you.
"People just say stuff. They don't know the ins and outs of everything.
"We're having a blast — we are absolutely having a blast. We've got two guys in the band that we couldn't get along with better.
"Three of us are in our 50s. And it is what it is, man. But there was no one event. Some people get along; some people don't get along."
Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.
In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of Bolan, Sabo and Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.
In recent years, Bach has been a vocal proponent of a SKID ROW reunion, a prospect continually shot down by Sabo and Bolan, the group's founding members. In 2012, reunion rumors peaked after the British festival Sonisphere featured the band's logo prominently on a leaked poster, but Bach later told the Boise Music Examiner that his former bandmates "did not want to do it." For his part, drummer Rob Affuso has said that he would not rejoin SKID ROW unless Bach also returned to the group.
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.