Posted: 9:03 am Monday, December 5th, 2016
For those who don’t know, Sebastian Bach could have spent the rest of his life being a wedding singer, if not for the parents of rock icon Jon Bon Jovi
In 1986, the 18-year-old Bach was belting out covers at the wedding of rock photog Mark Weiss.
In attendance were Bon Jovi’s parents, who were watching their son’s meteoric rise to fame at the time.
One thing led to another, and before he knew it Bach was fronting Skid Row with longtime Bon Jovi bud Dave Sabo.
Fast forward a few years and Skid Row is opening for Bon Jovi on their 1989 tour.
Despite their relationship, both acts began to become rivals with ticket and merch sales spurring debate of who was the bigger artist at the time.
One night as he head to the stage, Bach recalls a pretty brutal prank played on him by the Jovi crew:
The singer was headed to the stage at Rupp Arena in Kentucky when he was grabbed from behind by three members of Bon Jovi’s road crew, who secured his hands and “poured a vat of freezing cold ice milk over my head,” just as Skid Row’s intro music started to play.
Bach — wet, shaking and furious — ran on stage. He had his roadies get two cartons of eggs, and he hurled them at Bon Jovi’s smirking security crew. He also took verbal shots at his mentor in between songs, making fun of his name.
“What was wild,” Bach writes, “was that the crowd was on my side.”
As he left the stage, his tour manager said, “Hey Sebastian — I think we got a problem here.”
“We saw about 60 people coming toward us,” Bach writes. “Leading the pack was Jon Bon Jovi himself. Flanking him, side to side, was his dad and his brother Tony. Behind them was the full Bon Jovi road crew.” According to Bach, an incensed Bon Jovi said, “I heard what you said on my stage, motherf—er,” and then he threw a punch, which Bach ducked.
Bon Jovi’s crew grabbed Bach, marched him to his dressing room and threw him against a concrete wall. Bon Jovi’s brother, Tony, screamed at him, “You called my brother Bon Blow Me? On our own stage?” The singer’s father also got some digs in.
“Bon Jovi Senior pointed in my face as I was held against the wall,” Bach writes. “He said, ‘I’ll f—ing kill you,’ or something like that.”
For years, the two acts would trade insults but it never came to blows ever again.
It was recently that for the first time Bach saw Bon Jovi and decided to approach him.
The two hugged like old friends. “Jon took a chance on me and our band,” Bach writes. “I will always be indebted to him for that.”