Singer Sebastian Bach
became a star as the singer of late '80/early '90s hard-rockers
Bach was born Sebastian Bierk on April 3, 1968, in the Bahamas. Bach
connected with the rest of New Jersey-based Skid Row in 1988, two years after
the band formed, when they put out feelers for a strong lead singer to replace
their original vocalist.
He attracted hordes of fans with his long-haired good looks. Bach also
enraged many with his negative comments about homosexuality. Skid Row's
eponymous 1987 debut sold four million copies and spawned the hits "18 and
Life" and "I Remember You."
At the end of 1989, during a Skid Row gig, Bach threw a bottle back into the
audience. He injured a fan in the process and then punched another. After
facing assault charges, Bach spent three years on probation and paid an
Slave to the Grind (1991) debuted at #1 but didn't sell as well as its
predecessor. Tensions in Skid Row following Subhuman Race (1995)
led to Bach's ouster in 1997.
Last year, Bach issued the solo Bring 'em Bach Alive!
Other birthdays Monday: Richard
Thompson, 51; Mel
Schacher (Grand Funk
Railroad), 49; Mick
Crüe), 44; Mike
Distortion), 38; Richard
COLOR="#003163">Dee Murray (
COLOR="#003163">Elton John Band,
COLOR="#003163">Spencer Davis Group), 1946&3150;1992.