Hurricane Irene caused widespread damage and devastation from North Carolina to Vermont. Among those impacted by the storm is former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach.
Bach took to Facebook to explain that his Red Bank, NJ home has been deemed “uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene.” The rocker says that while he and his family are unharmed, the storm claimed many of his prized possessions, including Skid Row master tapes.
“I am numb, in shock, & devastated,” he writes. “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.”
Bach then discusses that some of his most-valued memorabilia washed away with floods from the Category 1 hurricane that, as of Monday (Aug. 29), caused an estimated $7 billion in damages and killed 35 people.
“Original Skid Row & KISS fans, I have bad news for you. Gone are irreplacable (sic) items, such as my KISS Gargoyles from the 1979 tour. KISS pinball machine. Skid Row master tapes, video & audio, concerts, master tapes … All of this is lost now.”
Bach concludes his post by turning introspective and announcing his plans to leave the Garden State.
“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,” he writes. “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.”