Axl sings on Sebastian Bach album
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is set to release “Angel Down” on November 20, his first solo album in eight years. The 14-song “Angel Down” was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and was recorded in July and August 2006 at Sound City studios in Hollywood, CA. The CD will be released via a joint venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach’s Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET was granted an opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with Bach this past Friday (August 17) about his upcoming CD and his collaboration with GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose on two of the album’s cuts — first single “(Love Is) A Bitchslap” and a cover of AEROSMITH’s “Back in the Saddle”. The following is a transcript of that conversation:
Q: I understand that you recently did some work in the studio with Axl Rose on one of your new songs [Note: Before the interview being conducted, BLABBERMOUTH.NET was informed that Axl had only recorded a guest appearance on "(Love Is) A Bitchslap"]. Is that still being worked on right now or are you already done with all the recordings?
Sebastian: It’s already done, dude. It’s in the can.
Q: Wasn’t the single already submitted to radio a couple of weeks ago?
Sebastian: That’s an early version. I wasn’t finished [with] the record, but the roughs that I did [are] really amazing. [Laughs]
The CD that I made that got me the record with Jason Flom [former A/R rep at Atlantic Records, now Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group] and Jack Ponti [CEO of Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV)] is a really good CD, but it wasn’t finished. The one song, “(Love Is) A Bitchslap”, premiered in the “Trailer Park Boys” in Canada, but then they did put it out to radio, but it wasn’t completed. That’s one version of the song that’s at radio now that still kicks ass, but we’ve worked on it even harder.
Basically, the collaboration with me and Axl started when he asked me last December to sing on… I was at his house and he was playing me the new “Chinese Democracy” album — actually, there’s more than one; there’s, like, four — but he was playing a song called “Sorry”, which is a very heavy, grinding kind of riff and we were partying and stuff and I started singing a high harmony on the chorus of this song and he flipped out, and he goes, “That sounds great.” He goes, “I want you to sing that on the record.” So in January, I went to Electric Lady [studios in New York City], and I sang the chorus of this song “Sorry”, and it came out really, really amazing. So now that I’m finishing my record, just for the fun of it, when I got to L.A., I just texted Axl, I go, “Hey, dude, when are you gonna come and sing on my record?” I was just joking. [Laughs] I didn’t think he would do that. But he never ceases to amaze me. And his response was, “When? Where? What time? Where is the studio? What time do you want me there?” I was, like, “You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me.” I go, “Pinch me, I’m dreaming.” So he came down on Tuesday night, I think, or Wednesday, and he sang… He sings two songs on the record. I don’t wanna say which songs, really — I don’t know if I should or not — but he sings two songs.
Q: Well, I was told that he’s on “(Love Is) A Bitchslap”.
Sebastian: Oh, you were already told that? OK, well, that’s’ one. [Laughs] He sings on that, yes, and it’s unbelievable — his voice is like a razor; it just really cuts, and it’s an amazing thing for me. It’s kind of like a duet — he’s not just in the background, it’s more of a prominent sound. And there’s another song that he sings on, too. [But] I’ll leave that to your imagination. But he’s in fact on two songs on the record.
It’s kind of like… I have this one BOB DYLAN record called “Nashville Skyline” where Johnny Cash sings a lot on the record with Bob Dylan. I know it’s not Blabbermouth territory, but it’s a really good album and it’s an amazing thing. I’ve always wondered how it would be [having] two singers in the band, like THE ALLMAN BROTHERS have two drummers. Me and Axl going back and forth, and he takes a line and I then I take a line and then we do harmonies, it’s really cool to hear. It’s really an amazing thing for my record. To have him come in and do that, it’s mind-blowing. And there’s actually another song that he wants to sing on called “Stuck Inside” that he loves, and I’m gonna get him a CD of that, so he might be on three [songs], but right now he’s on two. And I am the luckiest guy in the world, for him to come and put his voice on my record. And then I asked him yesterday, “Can I talk about this and everything?” And he was like, “Yes.” He goes, “Tell everybody, tell the whole fucking world.” I’m like, “Cool. OK.” [Laughs]
Q: Did he actually choose the songs [to sing on] then?
Sebastian: Yes. Absolutely. He came into the studio, I played him my whole record, and he chose “Bitchslap” and there’s another song. I don’t wanna give it all away quite yet ’cause the album is not out ’till November 20.
Q: It’s not the AEROSMITH cover, is it?
Sebastian: Who told you this?
Q: No one told me but it seemed kind of like an obvious choice, perhaps.
Sebastian: What AEROSMITH cover? What are you talking about?
Q: Isn’t “Back in the Saddle” on the record?
Sebastian [apparently unaware that a press release had been issued that morning containing details of his new CD]: Who told you..? Can I just ask you who told you this?