Sebastian Bach is a singer, songwriter and actor hailing from Ontario, Canada who was born on April 3rd, 1968. Best known as the lead singer of Skid Row, he has also released three solo albums and appeared as an actor in everything from Robot Chicken to Jesus Christ Superstar.
Born Sebastian Bierk and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Sebastian Bach’s music career began at the tender age of 14 when he joined a local hard rock band by the name of Kid Wikkid in 1983. However, that band would only last until 1985, and after they split Bierk began singing wherever he could, and in 1987, that took him to rock photographer Mark Weiss’s wedding. Also attending the wedding were members of the New Jersey glam metal band Skid Row, whose singer had recently left the band. They were all impressed with the 18 year old up on stage, and shortly after the wedding, they asked Bach to join the band, which he gladly accepted. Skid Row went on to become the last truly enormous glam metal band before grunge arrived and shut it all down, with their self-titled debut album going five times Platinum within months of its release.
Of course, Skid Row wouldn’t have been a true glam metal band without inner tension and pettiness, and it all came to a head in 1996, when Bach booked a show for the band opening for KISS. The other band members resented this, claiming that the band were too big to open for anyone, and the resulting arguments lead to Bach leaving the band in the same year. Ever since then, Bach has succeeded in everything he’s tried his hand at, from his solo career which began in 1999, a Broadway career which began a year later in the title role of Jekyll And Hyde and a screen acting career that’s seen him show up in everything from The Trailer Park Boys to Spongebob Squarepants. He’s one of heavy metal’s great survivors, and thirty years after his first foray into rock music, he still comes highly recommended.