Sebastian Bach: ‘My Wife Calls Me Man-Child’

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In a recent chat with Full Metal Jackie on “Whiplash,” aired by KLOS radio, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach delved into the inspiration behind his upcoming solo album’s title, “Child Within The Man,” slated for release on May 10 through Reigning Phoenix Music. Reflecting on his nickname “man-child” given by his wife, Bach shared how this theme has resonated throughout his career, infusing his performances with youthful energy and audience engagement. The album title draws from a lyric in one of its tracks, a phrase that stuck with Bach, echoing in his mind.

Bach also shed light on the album’s artwork, particularly poignant as it was crafted by his late father, acclaimed visual artist David Bierk. Recalling the discovery of his father’s painting depicting him as a child beside a beat-up Cadillac with a backdrop of Jesus ascending, juxtaposed with another painting capturing his iconic stage presence, Bach envisioned merging these elements into the album cover. The imagery, reminiscent of ’70s album art, evokes a sense of nostalgia and personal connection, bridging the past with the present.

Recorded in Orlando, Florida, “Child Within The Man” was helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette and features contributions from renowned musicians like John 5, Steve Stevens, and Orianthi, among others. Bach’s involvement extends beyond vocals, as he either wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks. The album’s first single, “What Do I Got To Lose?,” co-penned by Bach, Myles Kennedy, and Baskette, offers a taste of what’s to come.

Ahead of the album’s release, Bach plans an extensive international tour in 2024, spanning Latin and North America. Dubbed the “What Do I Got To Lose?” tour, it kicks off with shows in South America before heading to the U.S. and Mexico. Bach teased audiences with a live performance of the single during a recent concert in Minnesota and earlier released a music video for the track, featuring his former bandmate Rob Affuso and cameos by comedian Craig Gass and his wife Suzanne.

“Child Within The Man” marks Bach’s first full-length release since 2014’s “Give ‘Em Hell,” continuing his collaboration with Frontiers Music Srl, known for championing AOR acts. With its blend of nostalgia, rock energy, and personal reflection, the album promises to be a compelling addition to Bach’s musical journey.

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