By Alma Reed
Sebastian Bach rocked Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom Thursday night. Mr. Bach is touring to celebrate his 30th Anniversary of hard rocking mayhem. Read on for the details you won’t find on Instagram.
Canadian heavy metal band Kobra And The Lotus opened the show. They played songs from their soon to be released Evolution album. Frontwoman Kobra Paige proves to be the blonde bombshell with the golden pipes as she belts out the tunes to an approving audience. Guitarists Jasio Kulakowski and Ronny Gutierrez deliver the heavy riffage mixed with a healthy dose of shred. It’s a horns-raising, head banging start to what will prove to be a memorable show.
In January 1989, hard rock band Skid Row released their self-titled debut album. It has since gone 5x platinum, bestowing unto the world classic songs like 18 and Life and I Remember You, and solidifying the band’s existence in the annals of 80s rock history alongside greats like Bon Jovi, Guns ‘N Roses and Motley Crue. Skid Row singer and frontman Sebastian Bach is touring to commemorate the album’s thirty year anniversary by performing the album in its entirety.
Musically, there weren’t a lot of surprises. As advertised, the songs were performed in the same order they appear on the album. The stage backdrop consisted of two television screens displaying a slideshow of pictures and videos from the Skid Row heyday.
Partway through the first song, one of the screens very noticeably loses its data connection. Mr. Bach quits singing mid-verse to scold his road crew into repairing the flickering screen while the band continues playing.
For a brief moment, you wonder if you are about to bear witness to an onstage meltdown a-la Axl Rose. A visibly annoyed Sebastian Bach quickly redeploys his rock face and finishes the opening song Big Guns. Between songs, Mr. Bach makes light of the situation, and I paraphrase: “This is a real band playing real live music. We don’t use samples or backing tracks. How could we if we can’t even get a fucking television screen to work right?!”
Overall Sebastian Bach delivers the nostalgia we were hoping to experience. He can still belt out the powerful, goose-bump inducing high notes. His brand of showmanship and gregariousness haven’t gone anywhere either, and it’s worth the price of admission alone to witness one of rocks most unreserved personalities in his natural habitat.