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  SEBASTIAN BACH'S HOME DESTROYED BY HURRICANE IRENE
31st August 2011

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Despite being "numb" and "in shock", former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach tried to look on the bright side after his New Jersey mansion was ruined by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

The 43-year-old said he had been hanging on to the house following his divorce earlier this year, but he now feels inspired to fully relocate to hard rock capital Los Angeles.

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Writing on Facebook, Seb said: "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."

"I am numb, in shock, and devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV Cribs, has been destroyed, condemned, and deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene."

Seb was shocked that so much damage was done to the property, as it had been completely watertight for more than two decades but an overflowing reservoir saw his land flooded with water, while a nearby bridge was snapped and sent careering into his home.

He said: "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 and sent the bridge straight into my garage, knocking the house off of its foundation.

"The basement that has been dry for over two decades is now overflowing with water and I am not even allowed to start pumping the water out due to fears of electrocution.

"Gone are irreplaceable items, such as my Kiss gargoyles from the 1979 tour, Kiss pinball machine, Skid Row master tapes, video and audio, concerts, master tapes from Oh Say Can You Scream.

"Boxes and 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.

"This has really taught me that the best things in life are indeed 'free'.

"What makes me happy is that my children and ex wife are safe. My Dad's art is unharmed.

"No one got hurt. My scrapbooks of memories of my life are dry and safe.

But he said it would be a while yet before he could salvage his possessions from the property.

He said: "We are not allowed into the house yet to retrieve everything because the foundation has crumbled and the house could conceivably collapse at any second.

"We are working with the police and 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 and salvage what we can.

"Everything will be put into storage and then it looks like we will level the house."


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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