I’ve seen the best of the best when it comes to rock entertainment, and Sebastian Bach’s performance at The Gov on Saturday was no exception (to say the least). The man responsible for the high pitched vocals heard in the original Skid Row line-up, returned to Aussie shores after 25 years; and man, we were glad to have him Bach!

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Adelaide support acts, Surviving Sharks and The Babes got the crowd revved up and ready to rock. Naturally, there was an abundance of long hair, patched denim and leather on the mostly 30-something-year-olds who filled the room.

Bach’s boundless blonde mane whipped back and forth as he opened with recent tracks, ‘Temptation’ and ‘Hell inside my head’. His fine stage presence encouraged a normally conservative Adelaide crowd to let loose, mirroring his endless energy; jumping, head banging and fist pumping as sweat beads poured. I was worried for our safety at times, as Bach violently swung the mic above our heads. Apparently, his control over a swinging mic is equally as impressive as his vocal control. The man effortlessly hits the high notes, yet seems to pull off the contrary just as easily.

Sebastian Bach-TEO Magazine-Adelaide-The Gov

Sebastian Bach-TEO Magazine-Adelaide-The Gov

Sebastian Bach-TEO Magazine-Adelaide-The Gov

Highlights include Bach pulling a fan (donning a Skid Row tee) onto stage and his song dedication to another fan who had challenged him to play a track from Subhuman Race. We were treated to our favourite hits, ’18 and Life’ and ‘Youth Gone Wild’, as well as a personalised version of ‘American Metalhead’ – changed to ‘Australian Metalhead’.

“If you guys are familiar with the Subhuman Race record, I fucking know you know this next one. It’s a song called I remember you, Adelaide. How many of you guys remember this song in Radelaide? Come on, let’s light this fucker up, man. How many people gonna sing this with me tonight?” His enthusiasm and crowd engagement didn’t go unnoticed. Any rockstar who calls our hometown Radelaide is welcome back anytime!

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But no rock or metal band is complete without a topless, long-haired guitarist wearing Cons, right? Brent Woods may not have written the solos we know and love from the Skid Row tracks, but his skill and accuracy showed he was perfectly comfortable filling the shoes.

Sebastian Bach-TEO Magazine-Adelaide-The Gov

Sebastian Bach-TEO Magazine-Adelaide-The Gov

Adding to a memorable night, the band performed a cover of ACDC’s ‘T.N.T.’ for their encore. Bach, in his ACDC tee seamlessly conquered the vocals, naturally adding his own touch. This was an honest, no-gimmicks, rock show.

“Thank you for 25 years of rock ‘n’ fucken’ roll, Adelaide. We love you!” – Sebastian Bach.

Photos: Matthias Pfeil

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