Heavy metal hasn't been hot since jean jackets were acid washed, but that hasn't kept ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach from staying viable in modern pop culture.
After the Canadian cut his celebrity teeth and then left the band in the mid-'90s, he embarked on a solo career that's included TV shows, film projects and even a few Broadway song-and-dance productions.
On the heels of filming a new VH1 special and just prior to his Saturday gig at the Recher, the 36-year-old checked in with LIVE from his New Jersey pad to tell us how and why he's stayed close to the spotlight.
With all of your assorted projects, do you consider yourself the renaissance man of the heavy metal genre?
I don't know what that means, but I've just done the same thing that I've always ever done. I don't think about it as much as other people seem to.
How, then, do you view yourself?
I look at myself as a heavy metal Willie Nelson. That's it; that's all I ever aspired to be ever. I didn't expect to always have No. 1 albums. Going out and playing shows and doing interviews and rockin' and rollin' is what I do. Anything else is just gravy.
How would you describe your new reality show, I Married Sebastian Bach?
I don't know whether to classify it as a drama, a reality show or a horror movie ... [but] it's a one-hour special. I think that sooner or later ... every person in this country will have their own reality TV show - that's the rage. I'm next up in line, I think.
But why would people want to see the inner workings of your personal world?
I think that people are more caught up in fame and celebrity than [before]. The fact is that I'm on TV more now in the last five years than when I was in Skid Row. Everybody is caught up in who is going out with who ... Ashton Kutcher with Demi Moore ... who gives a [expletive]?
Catch Sebastian Bach Saturday when he throws down a set at the Recher Theatre. Ten Ton Nod opens. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 410-337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.