Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach says in a new interview that he recently turned down an offer to join the band Tool as an opening act on their arena tour.
Bach broke the news after Forbes asked him about the recent renewed interest in heavier music. He answered, "The first thing I would tell you is, I lived in Studio City [in Los Angeles] for two years recently. And I've moved since then, but my next-door neighbor was Adam Jones from Tool.
"And we became super f***ing close friends, nothing to do with music. His kids come over to my house to play. He comes to our birthday parties. He came to my 50th birthday party, brought Danny from Tool, and I'm really good friends with Adam. We bond over comic books.
"And believe it or not, I just recently had to turn down the opening slot for Tool. Adam wanted Sebastian Bach to open two weeks of shows in arenas. But I was already booked! So that's mind-blowing to me.
"I think the success of bands like Tool is just undeniable that people want to hear heavy f***ing rock, and how can you deny that? It's right in your face.
"You also can't deny that what I do for a living is a completely dying art. There's not kids coming up, locking themselves in their room, doing vocal histrionics. I don't even know if that's a word. But the way I learned how to sing, I don't think kids even could ever-I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, maybe kids on American Idol or something.
"But it just seems like so much of the vocal sound that I hear today is so over-processed and fake. That's why somebody like Adele comes out and people are like, 'Oh my God.' And it's like, she's just singing with her voice. [Laughs] Nobody else is. That's why she's so good."