Former Skid Row vocalist and hard rock icon Sebastian Bach kicked off his ‘Home Away From Home Tour’ Wednesday night September 26 at the Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado.
One Bad Son warmed up the crowd first. The US crowd may not have been too familiar with the Canadian rockers but were super supportive and cheered as the band ripped through songs from their sixth album Made in the Name of Rock n Roll. The band consists of lead vocalist Shane Volk, guitarist Adam Hicks, bassist Steve Adams, and drummer Kurt Dahl. When Dahl is not drumming on tour, he is an entertainment lawyer in Vancouver, Canada.
Los Angeles based Monte Pittman performed next shredding through songs from both of his new solo albums Better Or Worse and Between The Space. I was not at all familiar with his diverse work (performing with Prong and Madonna) but walked away impressed with his marvelous guitar driving rhythms and warm raspy vocals . Pittman has pleasantly recruited bassist Jerry Montano from Danzig and drummer John Detty who has played with Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax.
Sebastian Bach opened his set with the Skid Row monster “Slave To The Grind”. Before he could even get to the chorus he abruptly stopped the music as he scolded a couple fans fighting in the front. It may have been the opening night of the tour but you would never know it as Bach was on fire and delivered a solid set keeping up his vocal range from decades ago. He had his trademark stage presence often swinging the microphone over his head and flipping his hair up and down to energize the crowd. One of the impromptu moments happened when Bach dropped his microphone only to incorporate the mishap lyrically into the song generating a comedic moment the crowd loved. Another humorous moment happened when a fan in front handed Bach a VHS tape that contained a live Skid Row concert. He joked “Do you even have something to play this on?”. The setlist flowed back and forth between the classic Skid Row songs from their self titled debut and Slave To The Grind, to a couple newer songs Bach has released on his solo albums. Bach dedicated two songs “Dream Forever” to the recently fallen Vinnie Paul of Pantera and “American Metalhead” to all of the men and women that have served in the military. Bach is backed by his remarkable band that included drummer Bobby Jarzombek, bassist Rob De Luca, and guitarist Brent Woods. The fans knew what was coming last as Bach pointed to his tattoo on his forearm which read “Youth Gone Wild”. If opening night is any indication, there will be more satisfied fans and incredible shows a head.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger