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Sebastian Bach's home detroyed by Irene flood waters


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From Sebastian's Facebook page:

 

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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.

 

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. Original Skid Row & KISS fans, I have bad news for you . Gone are irreplacable items, such as my KISS Gargoyles from the 1979 tour. KISS pinball machine. Skid Row master tapes, video & audio, concerts, master tapes from Oh Say Can You Scream etc. Boxes & boxes of one of a kind Skid Row memorabilia, from the first tour to our last, all stuff I collected on the road that no one else had. 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. 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.

 

The good news is that all my fathers artwork , including the 16 foot "Slave To The Grind" mural, is all ok. My sons & friends moved all my dads art to the 2nd level of the structure before Irene destroyed our home. My Silver Age Comic Collection is all on the 3rd level, with the David Bierk Archives, which is a completely dry level. But we are not allowed into the house yet to retrieve everything because the foundation has crumbled & the house could conceivably collapse at any second. We are working with the police & fire department to get the electricity turned off so no one gets electrocuted entering the premises. As soon as the power is off we will pump out the basement & salvage what we can. Everything will be put into storage & then it looks like we will level the house :(

This has really taught me that the best things in life are indeed 'free' . What makes me happy is that my children & ex wife are safe. My dads art is unharmed. No one got hurt. My scrapbooks of memories of my life are dry & safe. The only things that are making me smile today is cranking Black Veil Brides "Set the World on Fire" CD over & over again. Texting Danny from Asking Alexandria who may become my new roommate in LA . Getting texts from my girl Minnie in LA making sure I'm ok & trying to cheer me up. My neighbours in New Jersey clamouring around my house, calling me, offering help in any way they can. These things mean more to me than mere posessions.

I have been holding on to my house since December, when my divorce papers were filed. I just could not let go of the only home I had ever known. Well, God has other plans for me it seems. 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.

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When did everyone turn into such creepy christians? :( Nah, but I am very sad to hear this. Not much more to say other than my thoughts are with him, and everyone else who has been affected by this hurricane.

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When did everyone turn into such creepy christians? :( Nah, but I am very sad to hear this. Not much more to say other than my thoughts are with him, and everyone else who has been affected by this hurricane.

 

blame it on the '2012' movie :D

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Sad news and a positive message under the circumstances from Sebastian, apart from the God stuff. Hopefully I've done my bit to help by preordering his new CD!

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Obviously human life far outweights material posessions, but I am not going to lie... If I were to lose all of my vintage audio gear, CD and LP collection, etc. I'd feel like jumping off a bridge myself.

 

Losing those Skid Row master tspes means we will NEVER get an audiophile reissue... not that Skid Row necessarily needs an audiophile reissue, but now even thinking about it is moot.

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I can't beleive he didn't move that stuff to higher ground! We all new it was comming, you live on the water, your basement is below sea level and you took the time to move a bunch of artwork how much MORE work would it have been to grab a milk crate full of DAT tape?

 

Just saying.

 

And yes it is a total bummer to Bas and everyone back East who is losing possessions and worse.

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Sounds to me like he wasnt even there, so he couldnt move anything himself. His kids and friends moved the paintings, but I am sure they had plenty of other stuff to deal with as well.

Also buy the sound of it, it would have been a shit load more work moving all his prized possessions, including the tapes.

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I feel for the guy. I can sort of relate to what he just went thru, on a smaller scale... we had about three and a half feet of water in our basement on Sunday by the time the storm stopped. Thankfully my basement is just for utilities/storage (i.e. it's not "finished") so I'm only out a lawnmower, weed whacker, leaf blower and some other yard items (that I know of, anyway... haven't had time to dig deeper to find out what else the water f**ked up)...

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