Sebastian Bach sat down recently with the New York Times and reminisced on one of his earliest experiences of being a rock star.
He had a big night on the town after downing quaaludes with then Guns N’ Roses bassist, while Metallic drummer Lars Ulrich took advantage.
It all started in West Hollywood at the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
The evening that took place around 1989, soon after Skid Row had released their single Eighteen And Life. He’d hired a white Corvette and felt like the Pied Piper: “I walked from the Hyatt Riot House over to the Rainbow and by the time I got there, there were 300 people behind me going, ‘Is that him? That’s him!’”
He says his next memory was the introduction to quaaludes, “I always heard of quaaludes, reading Circus magazine and Creem in the seventies when I was a kid, but I’d never encountered them.” Bach continued, “One night me, Duff and Lars were at the Rainbow and someone had a big bag of them. I was like, ‘Finally – where have you been all my life?’
“Me and Duff, being the adventuresome pleasure-seeking fellows that we were, decided to do some quaaludes. All of a sudden we lose control of the muscles in our face, our lips start drooping and we start drooling on each other.”
“We were like, ‘We better sit down.’ So we got to a booth, getting spit on each other’s leather jackets – and Lars comes up with the brilliant idea of charging fans $5 to get a picture taken with us. He’s like, ‘Here’s your heroes, Guns n’Roses and Skid Row – get a picture!’ We’re going, ‘Hey, man, Lars, that’s not cool…’” said Bach.
Both McKagan and Ulrich told the New York Times they have no memory of the event. Though Ulrich admitted, “”That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Looking back on his entire career Back said, “I am the man who put the hair in hair metal.” But he adds: “I headlined Broadway musicals, I acted in millions of TV shows. I didn’t get to star because of my haircut – my voice has gotten me everything in life, not my hair.”