SEBASTIAN BACH: Live at Pakkahuone, Tampere FINLAND 13/12 2009

December 28th, 2009
by Marko Syrjala




Pakkahuone, TAMPERE


13/12 2009

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach returned to Finland after 18 months.  Last year Sebastian and his band got so many excellent reviews and overall positive feedback that it wasn’t a big surprise that they wanted to return here as soon as he did. This current BACH IN THE SADDLE IN EUROPE –tour consisted of nine shows and when three out of those nine shows were now in Finland so there must have been such a high expectations here.  Last year Sebastian played Tampere at the SAUNA OPEN AIR festival and so now it was ttime to find out how successful he will be here one his own?




Reports said that the previous nights concert in Turku went quite well. There was attendance between 500-750 people but it was a Saturday night and Sunday’s are sometimes difficult show dates in Finland. Unfortunately that thing turned into reality and in Tampere there were only about 300-350 people in the audience. 


Back in the Saddle !!!

The band took the stage about 09:15 PM and the show was opened with a thunderous version of the AEROSMITH classic “Back in the Saddle”.  The song, which is also successfully recorded for Sebastian’s latest solo release ANGEL DOWN, worked out fine and Sebastian raged across the stage like a maniac. Old SKID ROW gems:”Gig Guns” and “Slave to the Grind” followed right away and especially the latter one was pushed out with such an energy that makes most other bands sound and look like novices here.  In every aspect, Sebastian Bach was in top form. His voice was sharp as razorblades and he could still reach all the high notes without any problems. He had more energy and stage charisma than most front men can only dream of but unfortunately the rest of his band were a ways behind him on every level.

There’s the newest member in the “family” first, Nick Sterling. Despite being only 19 years old he’s already been playing and sharing stages with some of the biggest names like: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai,  Buckcherry, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. He’s been nominated for the “Outstanding Young Rock Musician” award at the age of fourteen and he’s released three solo albums on his own. He’s capable to play almost any instrument but is he a right choice to play with Sebastian Bach? There’s no denying that he’s an extremely talented guy and there is nothing wrong with his playing but his stage appearance just doesn’t work out here at all. His predecessor Mike “Metal”  Chlasciak (Halford, Painmuseum) is sorely missed here…


Nick Sterling and Rob DeLuca

The same goes with bassist Rob De Luca. There’s nothing wrong with him there but unfortunately he and second guitarist Johnny Chromatic are just a bunch of hired guns who just do their job, end of story.  Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot) did a good solid job here but somehow there wasn’t such a passion in his playing compared to last year RIOT shows or HALFORD’s triumphant performance 2002 in Swedenrock . It was more than clear that this is Sebastian Bach’s solo band and this is his show.


Bobby Jarzombek behind his drum kit

The set list was a great combination of old SKID ROW classics and new songs from ANGEL DOWN. It must be said that although ANGEL DOWN is generally a solid album there are some filler material included on the album as well. When the band rushed into heavier tracks like “Stuck Inside” or “American Metalhead” it caused nothing but invasion towards beer area but on the other hand “(Love Is) a Bitchslap” and “By My Side” received really good response here.  Like said before, set included enough SKID ROW material to keep most of the crowd satisfied but why in earth they only did two songs from SLAVE TO THE GRIND? Where was “Riot Act” and why there wasn’t anything included from Bach’s final SKID ROW album SUBHUMAN RACE?  The latter is an album which many do hate but there are still some songs like “Frozen” and “Breakin’ Down” which would be suitable additions to the current set?  Almost forget to mention that band did also perform a brand new track called “Live to Life”.  The new song sounded quite similar to any ANGEL DOWN material but it was perhaps a little bit more melodic in a good way, more like 80’s way?  


All in all this was generally a good, energetic and enjoyable show. Sebastian is still one the best front men out there. Hopefully this band will get lots more shows under its belt. It would also be more than interesting to hear more new material soon as well! 





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