Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sebastian Bach at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, was born in the Bahamas and was raised in Peterborough, Canada. Bach joined the Canadian rock band Kid Wikkid in 1983 when he was 14 years old and stayed until 1985. Bach then joined Madame X from 1987 to 1988. In 1988, Bach replaced the original singer in Skid Row. The band sold 20 million albums worldwide before Bach was reportedly fired in 1996. In 1996, Bach formed the short-lived Last Hard Men, and launched a solo career in 1999, began performing in Broadway musicals in 2000, and began worked television reality shows in 2002 and sitcoms in 2003. Bach currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His third and most recent album is 2014's Give 'Em Hell.
At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill tonight, Sebastian Bach knew which side of the bread was buttered; nearly all of his repertoire was from Skid Row's platinum years. Backed by guitarist Brent Woods, bassist Rob De Luca, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, the set started with the softer songs, but in short time revved up the motors for classic fist-pumping rock. The vocals were halfway muddled in the mix, and early in the show Bach asked the sound engineer for more volume on his vocals, but the engineer responded that everything was fine. The only time the vocals were loud and clear was when he seemingly spontaneously ripped into a cappella snippets from his role in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde. Even when he was not heard well, however, Bach and his larger-than-life personality and his swinging, sweaty hair could not help but be the focus of attention. The area in front of the stage was cleared of tables for the evening, allowing the audience to press up against the stage, and Bach used that advantage to connect with the fans by touching them and speaking with them. In the end, however, while Bach is no longer leading the hair-metal pack, he kept his show lively and enjoyable.
Visit Sebastian Bach at www.sebastianbach.com.
Setlist
  1. Little Wing (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
  2. Breakin' Down (Skid Row song)
  3. 18 and Life (Skid Row song)
  4. I Remember You (Skid Row song)
  5. Big Guns (Skid Row song)
  6. Sweet Little Sister (Skid Row song)
  7. The Threat (Skid Row song)
  8. Piece of Me (Skid Row song)
  9. American Metalhead (PainmuseuM cover)
  10. Rattlesnake Shake (Skid Row song)
  11. This Is the Moment / Confrontation (snippets from Jekyll & Hyde)
  12. Monkey Business (Skid Row song) (with "Whipping Post," The Allman Brothers Band cover)
  13. Youth Gone Wild (Skid Row song)
  14. T.N.T. (AC/DC cover)