Sebastian Bach Talks Axl Rose’s Howard Hughes Behavior

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Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach discussed Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in a new Wall Street Journal interview.

“I don’t think he talked to anyone. [Laughs.] For 13 years, he became kind of the Howard Hughes of rock. I was like, ‘This can’t be f—king Axl Rose texting me.’ And then I press ‘call,’ and he’s like [in a low voice], ‘Hello?’ [Laughs.] I go, ‘Oh my god.’ Axl started laughing. I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ And he says, ‘I figured 13 years was long enough.’ [Laughs.] One of the reasons Axl first reached out to me—he told me—was for my vocal warm-up, to learn how I get my pipes ready to go out on the road.”

He also discussed using cocaine.

“I was a cocaine freak. [Laughs.] I was almost like a dead person. Let me tell you, when you see a picture of Joe Perry on the Aerosmith Rocks tour, or David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour, or me on the cover of Rolling Stone, and we have this gaunt, skeletal, alien, androgynous, unnatural appearance—it is unnatural. [Laughs.] None of us are doing mounds of blow these days. At least, I’m not. I don’t like the drug, the way it makes me feel. I do like the way it makes me look, though! [Laughs.] Sorry! [Laughs.] We’re in a business that is obsessed with appearance. People will go to extreme lengths to achieve a certain look.”