Musician Explains What ’Dinosaurs’ Don’t Get About Technology in Music, Slams Sebastian Bach Over Laptop Controversy Beef

In a new interview with Meltdown on WIRF, Falling in Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke spoke up on an online beef he had with ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach and show host Eddie Trunk. To those not familiar with the matter, Radke’s band was under fire after they revealed that they had to cancel a live appearance since their laptops were stolen. Sebastian Bach and Trunk were the “loudest” ones to speak up against the band while Ronnie defended his stance. Talking about the matter on Meltdown, he said (transcript via Blabbermouth):

“I stand my ground and I just stand by what I believe in. [Sebastian Bach] was so rude; he’s rude. Some prominent people in music DMed [direct messaged] me. It made me feel a lot better. I don’t wanna call them out. But they were on my side. Even some famous wrestlers — some huge legendary wrestlers — hit me up too.”

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“And they were, like, ‘He’s always been an asshole.’ I’m, like, ‘What do you mean?’ I didn’t know this. I had no idea. He was, like, ‘Yeah. Look.’ And he shows me his screen[shots]. I’m, like, ‘God, he’s so rude to a lot of people. Oh my God.”

Reflecting on how the whole thing started, Radke also addressed the bigger picture and what plenty of “dinosaurs” out there don’t understand. He said:

“It started because I said I couldn’t play a show ’cause our laptops are like our engine, and I stand by that. Our biggest song is almost multiplatinum, and it was No. 1 on the radio, and 60 percent of the song is literally a rap beat.

“Am I supposed to, like… They don’t understand that; they just don’t get it. It’s not like Skid Row or Mötley Crüe. Even Mötley Crüe — Nikki Sixx came to my defense, man. I think that’s super cool. He defended me too.

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“For anybody that’s a dinosaur that doesn’t understand what I’m saying right now — that’s literally a dinosaur — every single band that you heard in the past 20 years has laptops. Kiss — I mean, all these older bands have laptops.”

“We use laptops. I will not go on stage without a laptop. It has a click track to keep the time. It has rap beats that we cannot perform without. Our biggest song, fans will be very let down if we don’t play ‘Popular Monster’ or ‘Voices In My Head’. It’s just a new mix; it’s like a different way to operate. So it is — it’s like the engine. Without it, we can’t operate. We’re the part of the engine, and it helps. I mean, yeah, I can sing a cappella; it’s not gonna sound as good. I don’t know what they want from me. I think they’re just mad. I don’t know. They’re mad.”

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He also adds:

“I’m, like, ‘Bro, if you think I’m faking it, just go on YouTube and watch any video. Tweet me a video where it looks like I’m faking it.’ And nobody can. There’s no faking it. We’re not faking it.”

“We need our rap beats. We need our synths. We could have, like, 25 people on stage, if that’s what makes Sebastian Bach happy. I’m sure nobody else would care. Six different fucking keyboard players. Let me get two more buses on tour, which will cost 250 thousand dollars, and their pay and hotels, just so Sebastian Bach is, like, ‘That’s real.'”

As for some accusations claiming that he’s not singing live, he said:

“I dare anybody to go try to find a video of me ever lip-syncing,” he said. “From 2005 all the way to now, you’re not gonna find it. I refuse to lip-sync. I’ll just cancel the show if my voice is gone or something. I would never do that.”

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“It’s not about the money. And that’s why people get mad that I cancel shows. I’m not gonna lip sync. So I challenge anybody to try to find a video of my lip syncing. You can’t. And some people, they’ll call me out and say, ‘You are.’ And I’ll be, like, ‘No, that’s my vocal.’

“And then it’s like a huge compliment for me, ’cause I’m proud of being able to sing, and stuff like that, live. You can tell. If you’ve been doing this a long time and been to a lot of shows, you can tell the difference. It’s just usually people on the Internet that say that — nobody at the shows.”

Photo: dr_zoidberg (Sebastian Bach (48288889407)), Stefan Brending (Falling in Reverse-Rock im Park 2014- by 2eight DSC9470)

David Slavkovic

David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.

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