Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach recently spoke to 14-year-old radio host Miles “The Shoe” Schuman.
On his new solo album, “Give ‘Em Hell”, selling around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart:
Sebastian: “I can’t complain, because [2011’s] ‘Kicking & Screaming’ came in at No. 72 on the Top 200, and ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ came in at No. 71, so I’m not in a position to complain, but I have to say this, I have go to say the following statement. I have over 800,000 people that like my Facebook page, that read every word I write on my Facebook page — over 800,000 — and yesterday, it said… You know how it has next to the amount of people on the page, it says how many people are talking about the page? 75,000 or 80,000 people are talking about it. I would like to thank the 5,000 out of the 800,000 that got my record, and I would like to ask the other 795,000 people, ‘Why are you on my page? Are you there to look at the pictures? Is that why you’re there? ‘Cause that’s simple. If that’s what you want, I’ll put some pictures up, or whatever.’ But I have no clue, when it says 800,000 people and 70,000 people today are talking about this, what are you talking about? What? Like, what are you talking about? [Laughs] I don’t get it. Like, what? What? What? ‘Oh, he’s got a new record out. I’ve loved him for years. I’m not gonna buy that.’ [Laughs] I don’t get it. I don’t understand. I don’t get it. I don’t know why you’re on my page. Like, for what? Why? What? [Laughs] I totally don’t get it.
“[The fact that rock albums don’t sell a lot of copies nowadays is] way beyond me, bro. Country music fans go out and buy the CD. Rappers go out and buy the CD. Justin Bieber fans go out and get the CD. I’ve got 800,000 people on my page, and 795,000 of them don’t get it. [Laughs] Thanks! Killer! Thank you! I appreciate that. Thank you, rock and rollers.
“It’s up to the music fans. It’s, like, you read rockers [complaining about how], ‘Oh, rock is dying,’ and everything. Yeah, you’re killing it. Unless you’re down at Best Buy buying your favorite band’s new album, don’t talk about rock being dead, because you’re the one murdering it. Country music is alive and well, rap music is kicking ass. So I don’t know what to say.”
On his former band SKID ROW‘s seeming refusal to reunite with him for a possible tour and new studio album:
Sebastian: “We’re all gonna be dead soon. Not, like, tomorrow or anything, but it’s just… Life is short. It’s, like, ‘Wow! Really? OK.’ I don’t know how other people think. None of us are getting any younger. That’s the fact of the matter.”
“I’m not here to put people down… If they’re happy, that’s great. It’s just pure insanity to not… If you were offered a job with somebody that maybe you didn’t get along, but somebody was gonna pay you, like, half a million dollars if you did a job with this guy, wouldn’t you just say, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’ [Laughs] Who says ‘no’? Who says, ‘No, thank you’? ‘We’re not gonna get along. We’re just gonna fight, and you keep your money.’ [Laughs] I just don’t get it. But whatever… I’m nuts. I’m crazy. I have Lead Singer’s Disease. That’s the whole term. ‘He’s got Lead Singer’s Disease.’ ‘Yeah, you’ve got Guitar Player Disease.’ [Laughs]”