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Trade Winds; Sea Bright, NJ; 05/12/00

Reviewed by Joe Hughes

    Sebastian Bach and his all star band  - featuring legendary guitarist Richie Scarlet (formerly of the Ace Frehley Band), guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax Guitarist), drummer Bam Bam, and the bassist only known as Larry - packed the Trade Winds Resort in Sea Bright, New Jersey on May 12, 2000. Rather than living off the past, Bach pushes forward on tour supporting "Bring them Bach Alive," featuring live Skid Row classics along with five new studio tracks in the style of true rock'n'roll.

    Bach took the stage with fury, kicking it off with "Slave to the Grind," the title track off of Skid Row’s second album. Sebastian’s vocals were in top form with a larger than life stage presence. Bach and friends ripped through "Here I Am," "Riot Act," and "Beat Yourself Blind," tracks spanning from Skid Row’s three-album history.

    The highlights of the evening were the new Sebastian Bach songs, especially the first single "(Never Turn My Back On) Rock N Roll" and the guitar driven "Done Bleeding." As always, Richie Scarlet had an immense stage presence and delivered scorching melodic solos.  Bach and Friends also performed signature Skid Row classics such as their hit single "Eighteen and Life" and the haunting "Wasted Time" from the "Slave to the Grind" album. The pace was brought down with an incredible rendition of "In a Darkened Room" featuring intense solos by Paul Crook. A definite favorite of the evening was an extended version of "Monkey Business" which broke down into a version the Blue Oyster Cult classic "Godzilla." 

    The encore consisted of an acoustic version of "The Most Powerful Man in the World" which included an extended introduction featuring solos by both Paul Crook and Richie Scarlet. A full band version of the hit single "I Remember You" came next, and you could hardly hear the band over the roar of the audience. Obviously, this is a song that has been held close to the heart by many Skid Row fans over the years. And, of course it wouldn’t be a Sebastian Bach show without a performance of Skid Row’s break through hit "Youth Gone Wild."

    Bach and Friends live is a must see for any hard rock/heavy metal fan. They bring rock back to its basics with a raw energy that is rarely seen by popular artists today. Although the Sebastian Bach tour is primarily over, except for a couple of scattered dates, Sebastian can be seen and heard performing in the Broadway musical "Jekyll and Hyde" at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City six days a week until the end of the summer. 

Special thanks to the Trade Winds Resort and Concerts East for another job well done!

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