New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Sebastian Bach

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Sebastian Bach What's In My Bag at Amoeba Hollywood

KISS super fan, heavy metal legend, and vinyl collector Sebastian Bach recently came shopping at his happy place (i.e. Amoeba Hollywood) and schooled us on things like first pressings and Japanese "obi" editions of the band's discography. "The very first pressing of KISS Alive! was mastered by a guy named Robert Ludwig, and you can only tell if you look at the run-out in the grooves. It's the only one I don't have," says Bach as he opens one in the KISS vinyl section. Turns out Mr. Bach's expertise extends to many other artists, including Rush and Neil Young. This lesson was courtesy of a very personal, whirlwind tour of Bach's typical shopping route here at Amoeba and, boy, it did not disappoint!

Sebastian Bach 18 and Life on Skid Row

Sebastian Bach rose to prominence as the frontman of Skid Row. He performed with the group from 1987-1996, later forming the group The Last Hard Men with members of The Smashing Pumpkins, The Frogs, and The Breeders. In 1999 Bach released his first solo live LP, Bring 'Em Bach Alive! A year later he began performing in Broadway shows, making his debut in Jekyll & Hyde and later signing on for The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also played a recurring role on Gilmore Girls, appeared on Trailer Park Boys, and voiced a character on SpongeBob SquarePants.

In 2007, Bach released his first studio album of all original material, Angel Down. He followed this with a 2011 release, Kicking & Screaming, which debuted at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. His most recent release is 2014's Give 'Em Hell. His memoir, 18 and Life on Skid Row, is being published by Harper Collins in December 2016.

"For some reason a lot of Rush albums have a nude guy's ass on the front," says Bach holding up Hemispheres, Rush's sixth studio album. He already has it and decides to grab a 200-gram reissue of the band's A Farewell To Kings album. "My first pressing of Farewell To Kings is beat to shit 'cause I got it when I was 11."

Speaking of fellow Canadian rockers, Bach scours the Neil Young section to find a second pressing of the album Neil Young, and shares how Young's career inspired him. Bach is also a die hard Joe Walsh fan. "The (documentary) History of The Eagles came out and I was blown away by Joe Walsh; everything he had to say, his demeanor and how he said things." Bach walks away with three Walsh albums, as well as a couple of collectible Van Halen LPs, the autobiography of Biff Byford of Saxon, and lots more, all before stopping to pick up one last KISS album and visit the "fresh stuff daily" new arrivals section. 

But what hardware store item does Sebastian Bach say saved his vinyl collection after his house was destroyed in Hurricane Irene? And what was the very first record he ever bought and had never seen again until now? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Sebastian Bach - What's In My Bag?
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