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Sebastian Bach Live in Singapore

2017 October 20
by Eric Ng

I spent a looootttttt of time in secondary school frying my ears to this track

Given the bad boy images of those bands I never thought that I’d be able to catch them live. It’s only in the last few years more and more of these bands are coming to Asia. As of now it’s not really a rebellion act to listen to their music. It’s more of nostalgia and having a good time.

I’ve caught almost all my 80s bands concerts except for Poison, Tesla and Skid Row. And finally Seb Bach, the lead singer of Skid Row decide to descend into Singapore to do a gig at Deepavali!

I had a few albums of the opening band Loudness so it was a nice bonus to watch them. What I respect are vocalists who really work hard at preserving their voice. And 30 years on the singer is still able to scream his ass off. However I must say the sound was quite horrible. It was as if I’m just listening to the reverb send. It was a wash of echoes and I couldn’t really listen to what the singer was singing or when the guitarist played more than 1 note per second. I felt bad for the band as I could see they were top notch performers and playing their heart off. The last rock concert by Joe Satriani I watched at the Kallang Theatre had the same issue and I heard Megadeth and the recent Mr Big concert had the same problem. It was strange that these bands are hosted there when the theatre seems to be more suited for plays and more mellow music performances. Note to self : do not watch another rock concert at the Kallang Theatre unless absolutely necessary.

After Loudness set ended, without much delay. Headliner Sebastian Bach went up shortly after. Though he is no longer with his band Skid Row, the entire set had his former band’s MVs synced to his performance. It was a little unusual to have a performer’s music videoes synced to his song throughout the concert however I think it adds up to the nostalgia. The band was tight and the sound was better this time. However that meant that volume of the drums were pulled down to its bare minimum as I guess the acoustics couldn’t take it. I have been to quite a few 80s bands’ gigs only to discover that their voices have been blown out. Sebastian rocked the set and he could still scream the songs in their original key. With so many hit songs under his belt, the set felt like Metal Karaoke. The band rocked hard as well, and I later found out they were session players or previously from other famous bands like UFO, Fate’s warning etc.

Despite the compromised sound, we had a great time as the seats were great. Now I hope that Poison and Tesla will swing by Asia in my lifetime. If not I’ll make a trip to LA soon! =D

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