Scotti Hill Puts Skid Row/Sebastian Bach Reunion Hopes To Rest
Scotti Hill of Skid Row joined the August 7th episode of Another FN Podcast to tell stories about his youth, learning to play guitar, how Skid Row got together, Dimebag Darrell, the KISS Farewell Tour, and more, but eventually the elephant in the room made itself known and the topic of Sebastian Bach and any chance of a reunion came up.
It had been rumored for years that the reason Bach was relieved of his duties fronting the band had to do with the fact that Skid Row turned down the KISS Reunion Tour in 1996. Hill confirmed this with a story that he doesn’t think had ever been told.
“That caused a giant uproar is what it did and he did something to Snake Sabo that was unacceptable. He called Snake on Thanksgiving and said some horrible things into his answering machine and Snake said ‘you know what? I’m not going to be in a band with you anymore’. It’s as simple as that.”
Replacing a guy with the talents of Sebastian Bach was not easy. He remembers when that came up after a long vacation from anything Skid Row and remembers thinking about how the fans would freak out and the road back to where they are now was not an easy one.
“We did that KISS (Farewell) tour and that was a 140 something shows, of all of which I watched, and after that it was a battle to get to where we’re at now” he said.
For the past couple of years rumors have been circulating of a possible reunion of the Skids and their former front man but once and for all, any chance of that happening has been laid to rest.
“That door is closed. There was talk about it, the two camps went back and forth and it was not to happen so that door is now shut” Hill said.
When asked if that meant forever and that was the last nail in the coffin of any Skid Row/Sebastian Bach reunion, he responded, “Yeah. I believe so. I tell you what, our singer, ZP Theart…just call him ZP. He’s a brother. He’s a great fucking singer, he’s a great front man, he’s a guy I look forward to seeing, a guy I look forward to hanging out with. We trust him with the band that we’ve been in all this time and that is precious to us. We can go out and play and enjoy ourselves.”
Of course it is something the fans want to see. Fans wax nostalgic about the originals that created the magic being on stage together, but as we all know in this crazy rock n roll world isn’t always the fairy tale that we wish it could be. How did Hill respond about doing it for the fans?
“Not at the expense of my happiness, no. I’m sorry. It ain’t fucking happening.
We appreciate fans, we do. We’re probably the most fan friendly band you will every meet. We will go out in the cold, we’ll hang out with them, but what we won’t do is put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now”.
While shutting down any hope the fans may have of a reunion ever happening, he did have this to say about Bach, “He’s not a rockstar, he’s a superstar. He’s great. I’ll speak for myself. He is a guy who will cut his own throat to do a good show. He puts it all out there. He’s a great singer and a great front man; one of the all time greats, but we’re not working together. To replace a guy like that? You realize what you’re up against. The records he did with Skid Row were great and he was a huge part of that.
Everybody is like “oh we’re on Skid Row’s side” or “we’re on Sebastian’s side”. No. You gotta be on the side of rock and roll. When Sebastian plays in your town, go see him, because he’s great. When Skid Row plays in your town, go see em, because I’m great (laughs), no because we will fucking blow your ass away”.
The Skids are currently in the process of writing and demoing new songs for an upcoming record featuring ZP Theart on vocals. No time frame has been given for the release.
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“Who doesn’t love drinking, having fun, and f*cking hot chicks.”
By Annee Elizabeth
This week on Another FN Podcast was the fabulous and absolutely delicious porn star Aiden Ashley in the studio. At last months AVN Awards she was nominated for Best All Girl Performer Of The Year. In previous years Aiden won the awards for Best Solo, Best Tease, and Best Movie. In the podcast, Aiden discussed her recent touring with bands such as Faster Pussycat working as a merchandise girl. Recently she just returned from her gig tour managing Andy Black. As she said in the podcast “Music is my first love, but porn pays the bills.”
At 19, Aiden moved to California for a college internship with a music licensing company. However, internships rarely pay anything. During a drunken Friday night discussion about other options for making money, a friend jokingly told Aiden she was not sexy enough to do porn. Being the firey woman she is, Aiden sent pictures of herself to the top porn producer in the industry. The next morning she had an interview and that Sunday she landed a shoot with Penthouse.
Aiden has been in the industry for 7 ½ years. In 2016 Proposition 60 was introduced stating: “Adult film performers are required to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Producers are required to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical exams. Producers are required to post condom requirements at film sites…” Not only did this law require the use of condoms during filming, but it also required the performers to register their legal names, addresses, and phone numbers, which would be easily accessible to the public, violating the privacy rights of the performers. Aiden, along with friends in both the porn and music industry promoted against Prop 60 and thankfully it was rejected in the November 8, 2016 election.
Aiden works year round. When she is not out on the road with a band (usually 10 months out of the year) she’s filming. She shares several exciting stories both from the road and the set. When asked if she had to pick one or the other, she said she would pick music. She will be home for a month before heading back out on the road. In the words of Aiden Ashley “Who doesn’t love drinking, having fun, and fucking hot chicks.”
Faster Pussycat Members Unleash on Stryper And Talk New Pussycat Record
During the live recording of Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise “Shredders From The Deep”, Faster Pussycat members Danny Nordahl and Chad Stewart talked about their distain for the band Stryper.
While picking on their friend Eddie Trunk along with his That Metal Show cohost and comedian Don Jamieson, they unleashed on Stryper.
Chad Stewart chimed in – “At least it’s not fucking Stryper, those fucking condescending fucks.”
“Stryper hates us. We don’t see eye to eye with Stryper” Stewart continued.
“Fuck Stryper. Stryper’s the worst piece of shit ever. They love jesus and dress like bumble bees. Am I the only one who see this as fucking horribly horrible? I really fucking hate Stryper, there is no way around it” Danny Nordahl said.
Stewart continued to tell the story about how Stryper was playing an acoustic set in Chicago with, as he put it, “that horrible singer from TNT (Tony Harnell)”. He recalled that John Corabi and himself decided to go play bass and drums with them after downing a bottle of Patron.
Stryper was doing Boston songs with Harnell because he and Michael Sweet had both fronted the band. Needless to say, the impromptu jam session did not go as planned.
“They did not find that amusing, strangely, I don’t understand why”, Stewart said.
Nordahl joked “Faster Pussycat just wrote a new Stryper record”.
Stewart added “It’s a Stryper Cover record”.
Don Jamieson coined it “To Hell With My Liver”.
During the 1st half of the show that featured Danny Nordahl being Danny, he did talk about the new Pussycat EP that is slated to come out.
“We got so many punk rock cover songs. I hate Faster Pussycat (joking of course) but this is gonna be the best record they ever made. Really, it’s good. It’s legit.”
When I asked him when it would be out, he simply said, “How the fuck would I know, I don’t even know what month it is”.
When asked about their partying reputation, Stewart said that Night Ranger has them beat.
“Night Ranger is the most evil band ever” Stewart said. “Ranger Danger, that’s for real. You think we fucking party? Hang out with Night Ranger. We’re nothing compared to Night Ranger. They’ve been partying for 60 fucking years. We got nothing on them.”
This is a can’t miss episode that is filled with drunken debauchery and off color humor and can be heard in it’s entirety right here.
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Alex Kane from Richie Ramone/Life Sex & Death/Antiproduct with Ace Von Johnson of Faster Pussycat – Part 1
Alex Kane from Life Sex & Death, Antiproduct, and The Richie Ramone Band stops by to talk about LSD, growing up in Chicago, being a vegetarian, 80’s singers, and Stanley from LSD not being homeless.
Then Ace Von Johnson from Faster Pussycat swings in and the party ensues.
Part 2 will be uploaded next Tuesday.
RICHIE KOTZEN TALKS NEW WINERY DOGS, SONGWRITING, SOUL MUSIC, AND POISON ON ANOTHER FN PODCAST
LOS ANGELES, CA: Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs (Kotzen/Billy Sheenan/Mike Portnoy) called into Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley to talk about the new Winery Dogs record Hot Streak.
The new record is a stylistic departure from their self titled debut while keeping their hard rock roots. The lead single “Oblivion” and a majority if the record is in the vein of what fans came to love with the preceding release while showing a few different sides of their musical tastes.
“The record does have a broader style and I think that’s a good thing”, Kotzen said.
Unlike the debut record, Hot Streak contained no material that Kotzen had previously came up with. On the first record, Richie had brought in songs that he had already been working on.
“I brought finished songs in. “I’m No Angel”, “Damaged”, “Elevate”; they were all recorded. “Elevate” was actually a little different because I had a verse from another song and that “Elevate” chorus, so we did some kind of Frankenstein things with what I had written, but there is at least 5 songs on that first record that came off of my hard drive” he said. “This time, that I just decided in my own mind, that I didn’t want to be bringing in my songs. If I’m sitting in a hotel room and I write a song, that’s my song. I’ll put it on my record and be done with it.”
He also said, “I wanted this record to really just come from the three of us, at least from the initial foundation and it really worked well by doing that.”
Kotzen also talked about how he is doing it because he enjoys playing with Sheenan and Portnoy.
“The reality is that we do this because we love it and we will keep doing it as long we love it and as there’s a base and people that will respond favorably, we’re gonna keep doing it” he said.
“I personally don’t need to be in a band. I haven’t been in a band since 2002 and before that it was another 10 years since I was in a band. I love doing what I do, I’m a solo artist, that’s who I am, I will always be that. It’s what I enjoy” Kotzen continued.
When getting on the topic of Prince and soul music, he had a message for musicians out there, “As an artist I think it’s mandatory you can play at least two instruments, write your own songs, sing your own songs, and then be able to get on stage and do it live and do it well. Yet, there are so many people that are huge recording artists that can’t even sings and somehow they are playing stadiums. It’s really bizarre, it’s a bizarre thing. I try not to think about it too much because it can make think I don’t want to be a part of it.”
When asked about his time in Poison, he had nothing but good things to say, but also talked about when it went sour for him.
“I joined a band that really opened a creative door for me to do whatever the hell I wanted. That Native Tongue record could have easily been my solo record and they let me do what ever I wanted and the only difference is that I cowrote lyrics with Bret Michaels and he was the lead singer. They couldn’t have treated me better on a creative level during that process” he said. When they started playing live is when the problems started for him.
“When it got really hard and was really like a wake up call and I realized “oh, this is not your band, dude” is when we got on the road and suddenly we’re only playing two songs from the new record and I’m up there playing songs; not that they’re bad because they’re good songs and people like those songs and they sold a lot of records, but it just didn’t connect with me. They have a song called “Ride The Wind” and I can remember playing it thinking “I have no emotional connection to this whatsoever; I could be reading a book right now. I’m not here, I’m not present, I’m not enjoying this” and then obviously things happened and I moved on” said Kotzen.
“I can tell you the truth about what happened back then. It was really sensationalized and not nearly as insane as what was put in the press. They needed a story because the tour was bombing and the band was really going into oblivion, so to speak. They needed a story but in the end we’re all on good terms”.
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