Sebastian Bach Denies Van Halen Rumors, Preps For Solo Tour

When the news came that Van Halen had parted company with Gary Cherone and was again in the market for a new lead singer, rumors abounded, and soon former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach's name was thrown in the mix.

But before you start pondering how Bach would sound belting out "Running With The Devil," calm down... the rumors are likely to remain rumors, according to Bach.

"The thing is, man, there's only one singer for Van Halen, and that's David Lee Roth, and if they've got no use for him, what possible use could they have for me?" Bach told MTV News. "If they don't like him, they definitely won't like me."

While Bach has found himself fielding questions about the rumors, they remain completely unfounded, as the singer hasn't heard a word from the Van Halen camp.

"I've never been asked," Bach said. "I

mean, when they're looking for singers and they pick Gary Cherone, they're thinking in ways that we're not. I mean, I love Gary. He's a really nice guy, but you can't be a really nice guy and be the lead singer of Van Halen. It just doesn't go together. You got to kick some ass, man, and he does kick ass in his Gary Cherone way. But David Lee Roth was doing kicks off of the drum riser and flying 40 feet in the air. It's a tough act to follow. I can't do that, but I can sing the Sammy Hagar stuff and the David Lee Roth stuff. I'm not bragging, I'm stating a fact." [RealAudio]

Bach addressed the rumors while making the rounds in support of his recently released solo effort, "Bring 'Em Bach Alive." The album combines new studio tracks with live versions of some of Bach's best known Skid Row songs, and the towering frontman will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the album this week. If you want to catch Bach and friends, here's where to look:

  • 12/2 - Warwick, RI

    @ The Station

  • 12/3 - Frederick , MD @ Xhale
  • 12/4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
  • 12/7 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
  • 12/8 - Danbury , CT @ Tuxedo Junction
  • 12/9 - Nashua, NH @ Sharky's
  • 12/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour
  • 12/11 - Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's
  • 12/14 - Limestone , NY @ Rock'n'rick's Concert Club
  • 12/15 - Buffalo, NY @ The Sideshow Music Hall
  • 12/16 - Scranton , PA @ Tink's Ent. Complex
  • 12/17 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
  • 12/18 - Old Bridge , NJ @ The Birch Hill