Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach is temporarily homeless after Hurricane Irene flooded his New Jersey home, knocking it off its foundation and completely destroying the ground floor.
Bach posted the sad news to his Facebook account on Sunday. “I am numb, in shock, & devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV Cribs, has been destroyed, condemned, & deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene,” he wrote.
“In the 2 decades I have lived in this home, there has never been a single drop of water in the basement or anywhere else in the structure. Now Irene has overflowed the reservoir adjacent… to my house. The surging waters have snapped the bridge in half next to my house & sent the bridge straight into my garage, knocking the house off of its foundation. The basement that has been dry for over 2 decades is now overflowing with water & I am not even allowed to start pumping the water out due to fears of electrocution.”
The singer also lost his extensive KISS collection as well as Skid Row master tapes and memorabilia. “I had a library in the basement with every single magazine that had Skid Row on the cover. This library took up a big part of the basement. All of this is lost now,” Bach lamented. “We will salvage what we can of course. But how I wish there was a reason to do a box set or something before Hurricane Irene hit. Nobody cared. Now it’s too late. Don’t know what you got till it’s gone, indeed.”
Thankfully, Bach’s sons and their friends helped him salvage his late father’s artwork, including a 16-foot mural of Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind, by moving it to the second story before the flooding took place.
The singer said that he has been holding onto the house since his wife filed for divorce in December because it’s the only home he has ever known. “Well, God has other plans for me it seems,” Bach wrote. “He has made His decision for me. My home has been taken away by an ‘Act Of God.’ I just think He is giving me a much needed push, is all.
“New Jersey, thank you all so much for 25 years of rock n’ roll. It’s all over now. I will always love New Jersey but now there is literally nothing left for me here except memories of a past life.
“Hello, Los Angeles. Hello, New Life. Here I Am. It’s time for a new start.
“Like I have a choice.”
Sebastian Bach will release a solo album entitled Kicking & Screaming on September 27 through Frontiers Records.