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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Sebastian Bach of Skid Row arrives at the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show at Club Nokia on May 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

If he’s to be believed, Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has maybe one of the best “I-could’ve-fronted-Van-Halen” stories ever.


This is all in the wake of this story from Ultimate Classic Rock outlining a short list of rockers who were considered for Van Halen‘s lead singer duties in the wake of David Lee Roth‘s departure in 1985. There’s some names and stories in there you’re probably familiar with, like¬†Steve Perry from Journey, Patty Smyth from Scandal.


Of course, the band eventually settled on Sammy Hagar. But according to Bach, he was in the running in 1996 after Hagar hit the road. He never got to audition, though. Here’s the reason why:


The irony is delicious. Oh, and so is Ozzy Osbourne‘s story. Read that here.