|Also known as: Sebastian Bach
Born on: 03.04.1968
Sebastian Bach (born Sebastian Phillip Bierk, on April 3, 1968) is a Canadian heavy metal singer, best known as ex-frontman of Skid Row. Born in Freeport, Bahamas, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, he attended nearby Lakefield College School.
He and his wife, Maria Sandra Muir Bierk, have two children named Paris Francis Bierk and London Siddharta Halford Bierk. His son Paris is the drummer of New Jersey Metal band Severed Hand, who have opened up for him on occasion and were also featured on the Vh1 special I Married Sebastian Bach. His parents divorced when he was 12 years old. His father was the visual artist David Bierk. He is the brother of retired NHL goaltender Zac Bierk and actress Dylan Bierk.
Sebastian was invited to join Skid Row in 1987 at the age of 18 when guitarist Dave Sabo heard him sing at famed rock photographer Mark Weiss's wedding. Sabo sent him a videotape of the band playing, and Bach subsequently joined the band. After enjoying commercial success as lead singer of Skid Row, Bach was eventually fired in 1996.
In 1996, Bach formed a rock band called the Last Hard Men, with Frogs guitarist Jimmy Flemion, The Breeders lead guitarist Kelley Deal, and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The group recorded a full-length, self-titled album for Atlantic Records, who then optioned not to release it. In 1998, it was released on Kelley Deal's label, Nice Records, with no fanfare and a very limited pressing of 1000 CDs, which may have been sold via mail order only.
In 2000, Bach began performing in Broadway productions. His roles included Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show as well as the title role in Jekyll & Hyde. In early 2002, he became the host of VH1's Forever Wild. In October 2002, Sebastian was signed to perform in the national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar and played the role of Jesus successfully in the show until April 2003, when he was fired for alleged diva like behavior. He has said if he ever did the show again, he would like to try the role of Judas Iscariot next time.
Sometime in 2003, Bach tried out for Velvet Revolver before the band found Scott Weiland, but was turned down because, according to Slash, "We sounded like Skid Roses!".
He had a role on the CW television show Gilmore Girls as "Gil" , the lead guitarist in Lane Kim's band, Hep Alien.
In 2005, Bach cooperated with Henning Pauly to be the singer on the Frameshift album called An Absence of Empathy, which was released in April 2005.
Sebastian Bach starred with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld, Jason Bonham and Scott Ian on the VH1 show "SuperGroup" as of May 2006. The musicians formed a band called Damnocracy for the reality show, during which they lived in a mansion in Las Vegas for twelve days and created music.
On September 28, 2006, he appeared on Celebrity Duets singing with Hal Sparks. Bach later was on the road with Guns N' Roses, touring around the world until late 2006.
On the 7th season episode of Trailer Park Boys titled Friends of the Road, Bach played himself as a celebrity guest hosting a model train convention. He later meets Ricky and Julian in a parking lot to smoke marijuana. In a later episode in the same season, Bach returns as the accomplice on the American side of the border helping to facilitate a drug deal.
During beginning of June 2007 Bach headlined a tour of Japan, playing to Japanese fans in Nagoya, Osaka and two nights in Tokyo. His touring band consisted of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak on guitar, Johnny Chromatic on guitar, Rob De Luca on bass and Jason West on drums filling in for the injured Bobby Jarzombek. After the Japanese tour, his band supported the Australian & New Zealand Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy tour.
Bach recently announced a partnership record label with EMI. Jointly, they will be creating a label owned by Sebastian, including his new album Angel Down, which was released on November 20 2007. Bach also recorded backing vocals for a track on Guns N' Roses long delayed album, Chinese Democracy.
He has also recently joined a new television show featured on MTV, Celebrity Rap Superstar. Celebrity Rap Superstar involves eight celebrities, one being Bach, hailing from the worlds of music, TV, film, sports and more to compete in a winner takes all rap contest. The show began on August 30, 2007 with Bach performing "I'm Gonna Knock You Out" with coaching help from rapper Kurupt. Soon after this appearance, a remix was posted on YouTube that brought a possible rap career move into question. During the third episode of the show, Bach worked an announcement of the upcoming "Angel Down" CD into his original composed rap, and also mentioned his team up with Axl Rose. He managed to finish in third place losing to runner up Playboy Playmate and Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson and to Shar Jackson, who was crowned the first Celebrity Rap Superstar on the MTV competition show.
Sebastian Bach is slated to be the opening act on this Summer's 2008 Poison tour, also featuring Dokken. This is somewhat controversial as Bach has been vocal about his dislike of Poison in the past, but apparently he was able to bury the hatchet with the rock band for a Summer tour in North America. Poison has sold over 25 million records since their 1986 debut "Look What The Cat Dragged In," and has toured arenas and stadiums successfully for the past 9 years.