Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach is a big believer in not using taped backing tracks while performing live. As a matter of fact, he is outright passionate about it.
“I see all the time our bands are leaving us,” Bach tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “You know, David Lee Roth’s retiring, and KISS say they’re gonna be done by next year. So I do feel a responsibility, to the fans and to rock ‘n’ roll, to have respect for the stage.”
“I don’t see a lot of bands coming up that are going to replace [the classic rock stars] because too many of them rely on tapes, and that’s not gonna last the test of time,” the singer continued. “There’s gonna be a time when those tape bands are gonna have to do it for real, and people are gonna go, ‘This is a fucking joke.’ And I just know that real musicians hit your heart way more hard than guys miming to a tape.”
Bach went on to mention artists such as RUSH drummer Neil Peart and VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen as examples of musicians who spent hours a day practicing their crafts, admitting he himself still spends hours a day priming his vocals in order to maintain them for live performances.