SE­BAS­TIAN BACH

The former Skid Row front­man is a shame­less Kiss fa­natic – and he’s got the record col­lec­tion to prove it

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: JOE DALY• PICS: STEPHANIE CABRAL

The Skid Row leg­end re­ally likes Kiss. Like, re­ally…

WOW, THIS IS A SHIT-TON OF KISS RECORDS! WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?

“I re­ally don’t know where to start!

I mean, I have a lot of Kiss records. A lot of them. I can’t say how many in to­tal be­cause I’ve never counted them, but I have hun­dreds and hun­dreds of them. To give you an idea, I have about 17 copies of Kiss Alive! Ha ha ha!”

LET’S START FROM THE BE­GIN­NING THEN: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER KISS RECORD?

“The first record I ever got was from my dad at Christ­mas time. It was Kiss Alive! and it’s ac­tu­ally a very rare copy from Canada be­cause it has three Casablanca Film Works la­bels and then the last side is a camel Kiss la­bel. There are dif­fer­ent la­bels from dif­fer­ent coun­tries – that re­ally is a whole huge other ar­ti­cle, though… Ha ha ha! The first Kiss la­bel is a blue Bog­art la­bel; Humphrey Bog­art was the Casablanca im­age that they used on the first press­ings of their al­bums and those are the most col­lectible.”

WhaT maKes a gOOd find?

“I’m look­ing for

‘hot press­ings’. Dif­fer­ent plants and dif­fer­ent mas­ter­ing ses­sions pro­duce dif­fer­ent copies of records and each press­ing sounds dif­fer­ent. One of the most cov­eted Kiss press­ings is the Robert Lud­wig­mas­tered ver­sion of Alive! Robert Lud­wig was one of the fa­mous mas­ter­ing guys in the 70s and he was known to have more bot­tom end to his mas­ter­ing work. The best Kiss record that I have, sound-wise, is prob­a­bly the first al­bum, white­la­bel promo that I got at the Record Par­lour in Hol­ly­wood. It’s a copy of the first Kiss record that came out be­fore the first Kiss record. It just sounds so pri­mal!”

DO YOU KEEP THEM ALL PRIS­TINE IN THEIR PACKAGING?

“I don’t col­lect vinyl to look at them or keep them hid­den away, I crank them! I have a Vinyl Wino club – me and my bud­dies get to­gether and lis­ten to vinyl and drink wine at the same time. When I pull out that first white-la­bel Kiss record, late at night, in the Vinyl Wino ses­sions, we’re jump­ing off the couch, get­ting the ten­nis rack­ets out and play­ing air gui­tar.”

IS THERE A MOBY DICK OF KISS VINYL THAT YOU’VE YET TO HUNT DOWN?

“Yes. There are three that I re­ally want. I love the promo copies and what I am look­ing for is the Hot­ter Than Hell US promo, Dressed To Kill US promo and Alive! US promo. I don’t have any of those three. I do have the Hot­ter Than Hell promo from Ja­pan, which I or­dered when I was drunk one night on eBay and I wanted to give my­self a gift. It was one but­ton away, so I pressed it. You gotta be care­ful on eBay…”

WHERE DO YOU TYP­I­CALLY SCORE THESE HARD-TO-FIND RECORDS?

“When I’m tour­ing, I get to play towns like Bu­ford, Ge­or­gia and Lan­caster, Penn­syl­va­nia and Hamp­ton, New Hamp­shire. So if I have a day off in a new town, I’ll find a record store and that’s where you find the trea­sures. Be­cause they don’t of­ten see a dude like me com­ing in there. I’m like a lo­cust! I fucking come in and raid and pil­lage that record store.”

WHAT’S YOUR LAT­EST FIND?

“At The Rain­bow, I did an in­ter­view last week with Ed­die Trunk and a fan showed up with Kiss En Vivo from Mex­ico or some­where in South Amer­ica – to­tally rare record – and Kiss Killers, from Ja­pan, which I never had, but I do now, just be­cause the guy saw that I was go­ing to be at The Rain­bow and he brought them to me. That hap­pens all over the world, so I’m very lucky. A very lucky record col­lec­tor!” FOR THE LAT­EST SE­BAS­TIAN BACH INFORMTION, HEAD OVER TO WWW.SEBASTIANBACH.COM

“I HAVE 17 COPIES OF ALIVE!”

those, mate? Sure you wantSome­one has scrib­bledall over them…

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