Words & Photos by Melissa Lawlor

October 20, 2021

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Who says we are too old to party on a Sunday night? Certainly not this crowd! And definitely not Sebastian Bach, who rocked The Stone Pony in Asbury Park during his U.S. tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the double-platinum album, Slave To The Grind. An album that he and former band, Skid Row, released on June 11, 1991. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 134,000 copies in its first week. Not too shabby for a young heavy metal/hard rock band!

“New Jersey…Thank you for 35 years of rock ‘n roll!!! You can’t fuck with 35 years of something,” shouted Bach. How many of you guys were Skid Row fans back in 1987?”

At the start of "18 and Life," Bach asked the crowd, “How many people saw Skid Row do this in THIS PLACE, in 1987?” and the crowd went wild. They then sang along as Bach said to, “Give yourself a round of applause! I fucking missed you guys, for real!”

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They performed the entire Slave to the Grind album, mixed in with a bunch of other songs. Two monitors on each side of the stage played old videos and photos that reflected each song.

His hard edge combined with crushing riffs of the band were intertwined as he cracked jokes and made the crowd laugh in between rocking out to every song. “As an 80s band…I gotta say, after 2020, the 80s kicked fucking ass!” He joked about the joys of being 53 years old and wearing reader glasses to see the set list. He also reminisced about the great ones we lost last year. “Let’s hear it for Eddie Van Halen, and Neal Peart of Rush. Those guys were just too cool for 2020. I miss those guys!” Bach said.

Bach shouted to the packed house, “I want to thank every single person in here, for coming out tonight and supporting rock & roll…you guys are true rock & rollers!”

There’s no stopping this powerhouse, Sebastian Bach. One thing for certain is that Bach still has it all…amazing vocals, larger than life stage presence, an incredible sense of humor, and awesome hair!

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"I was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ surrounded by creativity and the arts. My parents always loved listening to music, so I was exposed to an array of genres from an early age. As my own tastes developed, I found myself drawn to performers who weren’t so mainstream. It was during college, while studying art and photography, that I embraced the punk scene and spent most of my free time “going to shows.” Whether it was in a local VFW Hall, a small club in the tri-state area, or somewhere on Rutgers campus, I was usually there with a camera. I became involved with local bands, working on photo shoots and designing artwork for them. After receiving my BFA in graphic design, I moved in the direction of publishing while always keeping an interest in photography. I currently live in Freehold, NJ and although concert photography still remains my favorite, I also like to incorporate portrait and wildlife work as well. Asbury Park has practically become a second home to me, and to this day you’ll still find me, whether working or in the audience, 'going to shows."

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