Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed on the “Hangar 19” radio show.
Asked about the status of guitarist Nick Sterling, who played on Bach’s most recent solo album, “Kicking & Screaming”, Sebastian said, “We filmed a live television broadcast, and [Sterling] wouldn’t sign a release, so we couldn’t film it with him. And it was just a legal thing.”
He continued, “It’s very sad, ’cause I love playing with Nick, but he has people around him. He’s very young — he just turned 22. And he’s a prodigous guitar player; he’s incredible. But… he’s 22. [laughs] Did I mention that? He just hasn’t done this [for very long]…
“I love the guy. It’s very hard for me to talk about. All I can say is that he didn’t sign the release, so we couldn’t shoot the broadcast with him, and that made me really mad, because a lot of work went into the preparation and the planning and the execution of a live broadcast across America. And to let all those people down — the cameramen, the soundmen and the TV station and the fans and the band and the management — that just makes me crazy. I mean, nobody’s trying to steal anything from him. I’m not sitting behind the scenes going, ‘Oh, how do I steal from Nick?’ I don’t give a shit.
“The funniest thing [was] we spent about 10 minutes arguing, me and him, over ‘sync splits.’ He’s like, ‘Well, the sync splits isn’t in the contract.’ And I go, ‘Yes, the sync splits is in the contract.’ He’s like, ‘Well, that’s not what I heard.’ And I’m all, ‘Yes, that’s what I heard. The sync splits is in the contract.’ If you put a gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you what the fuck a ‘sync split’ is. I have no clue. And I’m sitting there telling him, ‘You can have the sync splits.’ I have no idea what the fuck a ‘sync split’ is. And he didn’t either. We’re sitting there arguing about sync splits, not either of us knowing what we’re talking about. How ridiculous is that?”
Regarding how he decides how many SKID ROW songs he plays at each concert, Bach said, “That all depends on the length of the show. There are certain songs I have to do, so the shorter the show, the more you’re gonna hear those ‘hits.’ I mean, we just sold this place out tonight. There’s over two thousand people here; it’s fucking awesome, it’s killer. So I’m not gonna beat you over the head with some fucking rhythm I came up with on the bus an hour ago. I’m gonna play songs that you know, but at the same time, I’m gonna do new songs, because that’s what musicians do. I don’t just do old songs, but the longer the set, the more new shit I can do.”