Sebastian Bach with The Butlers: The Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA

70’s & 80’s Rock and Roll was the theme last Sunday in San Francisco!

Sebastian Bach the 1980’s Rock Icon and former front man of Skid Row, came crashing into San Francisco’s The Bottom of the Hill  last weekend complete with the full tour bus parked out front.   Sebastian who will always been best known for those legendary pipes and soul sold to the devil good looks, had the entire venue filled with the Bay Area’s A Class in attendance.  Swarms of the music scene’s local heroes seemed to keep flooding through the front door of the famous venue.  While waiting for the show to begin, guests could be overheard catching up, and reminiscing on where they’d been and of course, when was the last time they’d seen Bach perform.   The air was filled with anticipation that only a rare night, such as this, where time could seem to shift back to the great days of rock music when there was a ton of attitude, rebellion and skin-tight leather.

Bach walked on stage to a fury of applause and began the night softly with a Hendrix cover of Little Wings.  In no time, he got the night moving though and showed off those still powerful vocals, playing favorites such as, Sweet Little Sister, Monkey Business, and kept the venue rocking with Youth Gone Wild.  The performance was a glimmer of the days not so long ago, where powerhouse bands led by front men with raging voices, easily capable of hitting every note, grabbed our ears, attention and our hearts.  The joy of both the crowd and the band to be sharing this intimate evening was pasted on every face. Even being a Sunday, this show rocked and brought the house to capacity.  Hopefully you were one of the lucky ones who came out on a school night cause this was the place to be last weekend!

Bach was born in The Bahamas and was raised in Peterborough, Ontario.  He started his music career auditioning and being hired for the group Kid Wikkid.  In 1987, members of Skid Row ran into Bach who was singing at rock photographer Mark Weiss’s wedding; it is said at the time Bach was wary of joining another USA-based band but upon hearing Skid Row’s demo tapes, Bach auditioned, and the rest is rock history.  After 10 years of success with Skid Row, Bach was let go from the band in 1996, following disagreements over musical material. Bach continued a solo career and has been performing in various projects ever since.


Bach’s Solo band members include:

Bobby Jarzombek – drums (2005–present), Rob De Luca – bass (2005–2012, 2014–present), Brent Woods – lead and rhythm guitar (2014–present

The Butlers opened the show performing a set of covers from a wide array of the best 70’s hard rock songs, in only the style and grace that The Butlers can.  Comprised of several seasoned musicians (members and ex-members of Jetboy, Death Angel, Exodus, Ruffians, Immigrant & American Heartbreak), this band packs the house at every show and have become Bay Area staples.  

Their night’s performance included a special guest appearance by Phil Demmel of Machine Head.  Make certain to check out one of their shows if you haven’t had the chance yet cause the do not disappoint.

Photos and Review: Jen Cash