His VH1 show Forever Wild may have quietly gotten the ax in April, but former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach is already back on TV. This time around, the 34-year-old rocker narrates The Learning Channel's The New Sideshow (airing tonight at 10 pm/ET), a not-for-the-weak-of-heart documentary on today's more outrageous carnival acts — including human pin cushion The Impaler.
"This is what you watch if you want to take reality TV one level heavier than The Osbournes," Bach tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "If you want to see somebody dangle a brick by their genitals, this is the show for you."
While Bach split acrimoniously with his bandmates in 1996 — and has since found success starring on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde and The Rocky Horror Show — his life hit the skids again in March when he was arrested for allegedly shoving and threatening to shoot a New Jersey bartender who refused to allow him outside with a drink.
"Nothing really happened," says Bach, who was also charged with drug possession after cops found marijuana and rolling papers in his jacket (he's due back in court later this month). "I mean, on the scale of Bach mayhem, that was like a 3, maybe a 4. But really, I've done way worse s--- than that."
What really has him smokin' mad is his treatment in the press. "Here, Dionne Warwick [who was arrested May 12 at Miami airport for toting 11 joints in her lipstick case] gets busted for marijuana cigarettes, [but] Sebastian Bach gets busted for drugs," groans the rocker, who is currently working on his second solo CD and weighing an offer to star in another musical. "But she had way more [pot] than me. Maybe one day I can be as wild as f---ing Dionne Warwick."
Luckily, in times like these, bad boy rockers stick together. "Tommy Lee has called a bunch of times and been really cool," he reveals. "He's like, 'Dude, breathe.' And man, Tommy Lee goes through way more s--- than any of us [so] when he tells you it's gonna be ok, you gotta believe him."