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Interview:
Natural disaster isn't enough to keep Sebastian Bach off the rock
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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To paraphrase his buddies in Scorpions, Sebastian Bach's life has been rocked like a hurricane -- or rather BY a hurricane -- during the past year.

The former Skid Row frontman's home in Middletown, N.J., was destroyed by Hurricane Irene last summer. Now he finds himself dealing with FEMA and insurance companies -- and, he acknowledges, humbled by the magnitude of the aftermath.

"It's ridiculously weird," says the Bahamian-born Bach (ne Bierk), 44, who's relocated his family to California for the time being. "Nobody evacuated my family, and after the hurricane passed the water was up to the second level of our home. The basement was completely submerged, and they sent dive teams with scuba gear into my basement, looking for dead bodies. That doesn't happen every day.

"I mean, who goes through this? Most rockers or entertainers lose their big mansions and the homes they bought from rock 'n' roll BECAUSE of rock 'n' roll. And mine gets wiped out by a hurricane. That's too much..."

After the success of his 2011 album "Kicking & Screaming," meanwhile, Bach is contemplating his next move -- which will likely involve writing, but not necessarily songs. He's been approached to write a memoir, which he predicts will make Motley Crue's "The Dirt" "look clean" if he decides to take that tact.

"It seems like such an overwhelming project, so don't hold your breath for it," Bach says with a laugh. "It has to blow me away before I release it. I want to write it by myself; I look at Duff McKagen's book, Dee Snider's book, they wrote them by themselves and they're amazing books. So I might try, but if it doesn't put goosebumps on my arm I won't put it out."

Sebastian Bach will perform as part of Operation Rock with Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Enuff Z'Nuff and John Corabi at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75. Tickets are $42.50 and $27.50 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-packed. U.S. military members and veterans can get a free lawn ticket by presenting an ID or proof of service at the DTE or Palace box offices. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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