The band Skid Row and Sebastian Bach are synonymous with late 80s and early 90s rock music. So obviously as a 90’s kid I loved Skid Row and other rock/heavy metal bands popular at the time. I never imagined that I would get the opportunity to photograph Sebastian Bach at a concert and literally be only a few inches away from him. That’s what happened last week when Sebastian Bach performed at the Phoenix concert hall in Toronto on Friday. The concert was sold out mostly attended by all 90’s kids and some younger heavy metal fans of 90s music. Sebastian Bach, once known as one of the best rock singers around, put on a rocking concert with amazing guitarist Brent Woods, bassist Rob Deluca and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. Any Skid Row fans would know right away that Sebastian’s voice didn’t really age. He sounded and performed almost exactly the same way as he did 25 years ago head banging with his long hair making the crowd dance with him. When the band performed Skid Row’s popular hit “18 and Life” the crowd sang half the song and Sebastian enjoyed the connection with his fan by holding the microphone to the crowd to let them sing with the band.
Guitarist Brent Woods jumped from one side of the stage to the other as he performed flawlessly all the Skid Row hits and covers of popular songs by Pantera, Jimi Hendrix etc. Sebastian eluded many times about his Canadian heritage (he is from Peterborough in case you didn’t know!) and his memories of performing at the Phoenix concert hall in the 80’s. When the band covered “Cemetary Gates” by Pantera the crowd screamed and jumped throughout the song appreciating the timeless heavy metal classic while paying tribute to the late drummer and guitarist of Pantera. There was nostalgia, tribute and respect for other musicians throughout the concert as Sebastian reminded the crowd of musicians who are no longer with us even though their music will remain forever - including Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. This was honorable as Sebastian played many tribute songs to some of the greatest musicians of our time. Great concert for anyone who wants to enjoy some heavy metal music and especially enjoyable if you are a 90’s kid!
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