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Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach to perform at Venue

If you go What: Sebastian Bach When: Doors at 8 p.m. Friday. Where: The Venue at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo. Info: Tickets are $15 in advance, at Tickets 300 and www.jadepresents, or $20 at the door. (866) 300-8300.

Sebastian Bach
Courtesy Frontiers Records

If you go

What: Sebastian Bach

When: Doors at 8 p.m. Friday.

Where: The Venue at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo.

Info: Tickets are $15 in advance, at Tickets 300 and www.jadepresents , or $20 at the door. (866) 300-8300.

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FARGO - At 43, former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has another "Youth Gone Wild" on his mind.

When asked what kind of material he'd perform Friday night at The Venue, the rock singer responds: "What do you think I'm doing?"

When asked if it would be heavy on his new album, "Kicking and Screaming," or dipping more into the Skid Row catalog, Bach jokes that he'll do nothing but Justin Bieber songs, who he calls "The Beav."

Ticket-holders don't have to worry about a softer, gentler Bach. When describing his newer material, the singer shows his familiar snarl.

"Twenty million people have heard Skid Row. Who hasn't heard it? 'I Remember You,' 'Youth Gone Wild,' '18 and Life'. Have you not heard those songs?"

When told that I have, Bach lightens ups.

"They're kind of like that," he says with a laugh. "I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel. I play rock songs. I don't do anything different in my solo band than I did in Skid Row. It's the same thing."

Which brings up an obvious question: What are the chances of a skid Row reunion?

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"You can never say never. There's nothing happening on that front right now," he says. "I don't have anything personally against those guys."

For now Bach is promoting "Kicking and Screaming."

"It came in at 62 on the Billboard chart which is the highest I've been on that chart in 15 years, so I'm very excited about that," he says.

Part of that might be because for the past decade the singer has been seen more on the small screen than on the shelves of record stores. Bach seems to rival Flavor Flav and Bret Michaels for celebrity reality TV show appearances, starring in "Celebrity Fit Club," "Gone Country," and "Supergroup."

"I've forgotten about whole series of shows I've done," Bach laughs.

And the appeal of the small screen?

"Cash ... I like money. I don't sign up for reality TV shows thinking, 'Oh, I'm going to make something I'm really proud of that's gonna last the test of time. It's like a job. Rock 'n' roll lasts forever," he says. "The music I made in Skid Row and continue to make now, my fans will continue to listen to long after I'm dead and gone. So it's like immortality. Reality TV is a form of disposable entertainment."

During part of the past decade, Bach has been busy on a different stage - Broadway. The screamer used his powerful pipes to land roles in "Jeckyll & Hyde," "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."

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But he hasn't appeared in anything since 2006, remaining selective. Bach turned down a role in the Tony-nominated "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" because, "It just doesn't have that rock 'n' roll feeling to me." He also turned down a job with a definite "rock 'n' roll feeling," the jukebox musical, "Rock of Ages."

Bach was asked early on to be in the play, but was disappointed that Skid Row wouldn't let the Broadway show use any of its songs.

"I don't know if I could get excited about singing other people's songs every night," he says. "If I do Broadway, I don't want it to be too much rock 'n' roll. I want it to be legitimate Broadway."

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533

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