In 1989, New Jersey rockers Skid Row released its self-titled debut album. Skid Row was a hit almost immediately, spawning the group’s biggest hits, “18 and Life” and “I Remember You.”
The band’s wild-eyed frontman Sebastian Bach — who, in his reality-show heyday, introduced the word “mothertruckers” to the lexicon — is hitting the road this fall for an extensive 30th-anniversary tour on which he will be performing Skid Row’s breakthrough debut in full (minus the other members of the original band and plus Bach’s own backing crew).
Bach's Skid Row tour comes to the Blue Note in Harrison, Ohio this Friday, Sept. 13. (The show is sold out.)
Skid Row’s debut went quintuple platinum and preceded a couple of controversies involving Bach, including fallout from wearing an “AIDS Kills Fags Dead” T-shirt on stage, which he later said was given to him by a fan and put on without knowing what it said. The incident didn’t hurt Skid Row too much in terms of popularity and sales, though — 1991’s Slave to the Grind hit No. 1 upon its release and went double platinum.
The T-shirt mess did cost the group a potential tour opener — Nirvana cited Bach’s homophobic shirt as the reason for not hitting the road with Skid Row, though surely conflicting musical tastes were also a factor. (Fun fact: Kurt Cobain and Co. almost chose Skid Row as their band name before settling on Nirvana.)
Skid Row was further burned by Nirvana when its third album in 1995 flopped due, at least in part, to Metal and Hard Rock losing popularity in the wake of Alternative and Grunge music’s rise. Bach parted ways with the band a year later.
As Skid Row soldiered on with new members (they’re still going today), Bach entered the world of Broadway musicals, scored a role on TV’s Gilmore Girls and hit the reality TV circuit on shows like Celebrity Fit Club and his own vehicle, I Married Sebastian Bach.