Sebastian Bach @ Metro Theatre (Sydney) 23 September 2015

One of the greatest voices in Heavy Metal...Still one of the greatest voices in Heavy Metal

Sydney metal heads, young and (mostly) old converged on the Metro Theatre to have their eardrums pleasantly caressed by the almighty Sebastian Bach. In a well-polished performance Bach showed 1000+ enthusiastic fans that age has struggled to take its toll on him and he is still a singing titan.....

The night didn't start as well as it could have with the weather of Sydney rearing its ugly head and waiting for the precise moment to strike the line of punters who had now wrapped around the alleyway of the venue. It wasn’t the downpour that dampened the spirits of those in line; however, it was the doors opening roughly ten minutes late, only for punters to race inside to find another door blocking their way to the stage. This next door stayed firmly closed for the next 40 minutes and the fans were clearly not happy about it! And rightly so, the night was already running about as late as the length of an entire support band’s set.

After such a monumental wait things got started with Melodic Rock band In Hydes Shadow. They seemed undaunted by the crowd, which was growing in size by the minute. With a dynamic lighting show the band were at their best when, vocalist Aaron Smith was in full flight. Accompanied by a highly energetic drummer going full throttle behind him; the band show fierce promise. Following In Hydes Shadow were Newtown-based hard rock band, The Art. These guys and girls were a bit more in control of their image than In Hydes Shadow, certainly looking the part for the big stage. Although I found their performance a little lacking and inconsistent; there were small delays in between several songs whilst guitarists tuned and changed guitars. They also had no lighting changes the whole set, which isn’t a huge deal I guess, but when the other two acts had such great effects, it cast a stagnant blemish on their performance. Although the way the two vocalists worked together with harmonies and counter points was sublime and I enjoyed it a lot. I do feel for the support bands though as both had their sets cut short.....

During the break before Sebastian Bach hit the stage the crowd hit fever pitch. The lights cut out and one of the most visually appealing shows I have ever been too had begun. Nobody goes to shows merely for the light show, but it certainly added another element to the concert and it was incredibly enjoyable. Good job lighting crew [thumbs up]. Sebastian Bach launched onto the stage with Slave to the Grind, to the crowds sheer delight and the evening was in full swing. Bach is much more than a singer, he is an entertainer and his energy on stage was a thrill to watch. Swinging his mic ferociously by the chord, windmilling and jumping around, whilst never struggling to hit a high note, the crowd were euphoric.

There is no denying it; the crowd were there for Skid Row songs. After playing a couple of new songs to a heavily frenzied pit he began teasing the crowd, "Are you sure you're at the right venue? I haven't even played any songs from the 80's yet". 

The highlight of the night was definitely 18 and Life which got the crowd singing, and Bach roaring out all of his classic vocal lines. Also mixed in were other timeless hits; Youth Gone Wild and I Remember You amongst others which Bach performed with grace and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. A flaw on the overall performance was the presence of only a single guitar player. Fans of the classic Skid Row dual guitar sound would have been underwhelmed with the lack of depth the sound had at times throughout the set.

Overall, Bach put on a very satisfying show. He entertained the crowd throughout the night, making it clear that he adores Australia, the “Bazmanian Devils” he saw that day [whatever they are] and of course the fans, fortifying his admiration of the crowd by adding covers of Rose Tattoo’s We Can't Be Beaten and T.N.T by ACDC to make the night something to remember....