Famed Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach once nearly fronted for the heavy metal gods, Judas Priest.
We’ve heard stories of respected vocalist turning down offers to join big name bands: Hell, Steven Tyler claims he turned down Led Zeppelin. Even Sammy Hagar has made claims refusing jobs with Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe & Velvet Revolver.
A photograph of the former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach hanging with Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton and Rita Haney (the longtime girlfriend of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood, California had been posted on Sebastian’s Facebook page.
The picture was accompanied by the following caption:
“Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest, Rita @dimebagzhag & me at the Rainbow last night. Glenn & i talked about me almost being the singer of Judas Priest he told me it almost happened! Wow. What a great guy.”
We could only assume that this happening was in the wake of Rob Halford quitting Judas Priest in 1992 and it must have been before 1996 when Tim “Ripper” Owens joined the band.
Well, in all honesty, the Judas Priest Sebastian Bach offer was only really considered but never truly made.
To give you some sort of idea as to how Bach may have sounded fronting Judas Priest, give a listen to the video below.
MTV 1992: Watch Rob Halford & Skid Row Perform The Judas Priest Classic “Delivering The Goods”
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Prior to Rob’s triumphant return to Judas Priest, the band snatched up Tim “Ripper” Owens as their new lead singer after seeing video of Tim performing with a local Priest tribute band. Ripper Owens went on to record two studio albums with Judas Priest along with several world tours before Rob Halford rejoined in 2003.
Sebastian Bach stuck with Skid Row for three albums, eventually parting ways in 1996. Since then, he has pursued a solo career. His 2007 LP, ‘Angel Down’ featured vocal help from longtime chum Axl Rose on several tracks.