Skid Row’s Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo on Failed Sebastian Bach Reunion Attempt: ‘Whatever It Was That Tore Us Apart Years Ago Still Existed’
After Skid Row parted ways with longtime singer Johnny Solinger in 2015 and had a brief run with Tony Harnell at the helm in the same year, the buzz began to grow about a possible reunion with Sebastian Bach, but as we now know, it never materialized. During a chat with Eddie Trunk for his Trunk Nation radio show, guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo gave a very honest assessment of why it never came to fruition.
“There was definitely dialogue that was going back and forth and there was talk,” confirmed Sabo to Trunk (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “I think everybody was entertaining the idea. And I think, really, what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed.”
Sabo added, “We got offered a lot of money. There was a lot of stuff that’s been said about what happened and tours being booked… That didn’t happen — tours were not booked. Any offers that came in came through to me and Rachel, ’cause it’s our band. So there was a good amount of money being offered. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again.”
The guitarist revealed there were disagreements about Bach’s return and the decision not to do it had nothing to do with money. “It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than this is our band,” said Sabo. “This is not ego-driven, I promise you. It wasn’t about me making more money than you, or you making more … it wasn’t about that at all. I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [are still there].”
When Trunk pointed out examples of bands like Motley Crue making it work while barely speaking to each other, Sabo added, “Yeah, but they were miserable — they were all miserable,” before continuing, “I guess I look at it differently. I really like my life, man. I really like being happy. I have great joy playing Skid Row music now. Not to say that I didn’t before, but in this moment in time, I’m extremely happy. My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they’re all awesome. And so, I’ve gotta say, yeah, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion and the monetary aspect of it is all well and good, but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I’m in. I just wanna be a good guy, I wanna be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good brother. The way that we existed towards the end, after Subhuman Race and when everything fell apart, it was misery for everybody — not just me; for everybody.”
Sabo stated that he’s learned to “never say never,” but added that the chances of a reunion happening now are “slim to none.” But, he says, there are no feathers ruffled with Bach continuing to play Skid Row music live as a solo artist. “We had nine or ten years of history together that were pretty phenomenal from a success standpoint,” said the guitarist. “And we had a lot of good times — we did — but unfortunately, the bad times outweighed the good times and that’s why the band stopped in that form. But as far as going out there and doing Skid Row songs, he has every right to. He sang ’em. I’m honored, to be honest with you. Some people might look at it differently, but it doesn’t bother me. It helps keep our history alive. I’m cool with that.”
While the Bach reunion didn’t work out, Skid Row spent a good amount of time with former Dragonforce singer ZP Theart filling in on vocals before officially announcing him as a member of the band. “He’s an excellent person — a really good guy,” says Sabo, adding, “He wanted to get in the trenches, he wants to work, and he respects the history of the band.” Sabo says Theart was a “really easy fit” and adds that it’s been a pleasure to be onstage with him.
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