Why Skid Row Abandoned Sebastian Bach Reunion Talks

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Skid Row guitarist Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo has revealed why talks about a reunion with classic-era singer Sebastian Bach broke down last year, and described the future chances of the much-discussed move as “slim to none.”

Bach was fired in 1996 and the band have since been fronted by Johnny Solinger, Tony Harnell and current incumbent ZP Theart. However, the question of Bach’s return has been raised regularly over the years, with Bach having tweeted in 2016: “Only way a Skid Row Reunion could happen is if we somehow tried2 bury a 20 year hatchet between us. Would love the chance to do so.”

“There was definitely dialog that was going back and forth and there was talk,” Sabo recently told SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation (via Blabbermouth). “I think everybody was entertaining the idea, and I think, really, what it ended up being was, we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed.”

He added that rumors of a booked tour were no more than that, and admitted they’d been offered “a lot of money” to regroup. But he refuted the suggestion that the final disagreement was over cash splits. “No one was making more than anybody else,” he stated. “It was more about control, I think – other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than ‘this is our band.’”

“This is not ego-driven, I promise you,” he went on, adding: “I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago.” He described himself as “extremely happy” in his life and career and insisted he’d never want to work like Motley Crue reportedly did on their farewell tour, when they traveled on separate buses.

“My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they’re all awesome. And so, I’ve gotta say, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion and the monetary aspect of it is all well and good – but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I’m in.

“I just wanna be a good guy, I wanna be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good brother. The way that we existed towards the end, after [1995 album] Subhuman Race and when everything fell apart, it was misery for everybody. Not not just me – for everybody.”