Sebastian Bach and Quiet Riot to Bring the Metal to Bands in the Sand 2023

Two of the biggest names in 1980s metal, Sebastian Bach and Quiet Riot, will headline the Bands in the Sand 2023 festival in Island Lake, Illinois, on August 25 at 3D Sideouts Sports Tavern.

The Bands in the Sand festival is a two-day event that will take place at 3D Sideouts Sports Tavern on August 25 and 26. The festival will feature two stages, with music starting at 6 PM. each day. General admission tickets start at $25, and VIP options are also available.

The two-day festival will also feature performances by Janet Gardner of Vixen on the 25th and Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root and the legendary reggae band The Wailers best known for their work with Bob Marley, on August 26th.

I have long been a fan of all of these artists, but particularly both Quiet Riot and Sebastian Bach. They were huge influences on me growing up.


Sebastian Bach is best known as the former lead singer of Skid Row, one of the most popular hard rock bands of the 1980s. The band released four multi-platinum albums, including their 1989 self-titled debut, which spawned the hit singles 18 and Life and I Remember You. Bach left Skid Row in 1996 and has since pursued a successful solo career. He has released five solo albums, including Kicking & Screaming, which was released in 2011, and Give ‘Em Hell in 2014.

Bach is known for his flamboyant stage persona and his powerful vocals. He is also a talented actor, having appeared in such television shows as Trailer Park Boys and Gilmore Girls. Most notably he starred on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde in 2000 and The Rocky Horror Show in 2001.

In 2002 Sebastian starred in the title role of the national tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice mega-hit Jesus Christ Superstar opposite Carl Anderson as Judas. Although it turned out not to be a long-term match, I heard he was phenomenal.

Ironically when Sebastian and the tour parted ways, producer Tom McCoy approached me as a potential replacement. I was a well know actor and at the time, I too, had long blond hair and the right vocal range. They said he’s the better singer, I’m the better actor, but we had the same look.

I believe the thought was that due to our similar appearance, they could keep most of the same marketing materials they had already been using for the tour. Eventually though they decided to go with a darker Ted-Neeley look for Jesus, with the amazing Eric Kunze bringing his talents to the role. But it was an interesting opportunity to consider.


Quiet Riot is another legendary 1980s metal band. The band’s 1983 album Metal Health was the first heavy metal album to reach number one on the Billboard charts and was the first heavy metal album I owned.

The album featured the hit singles Cum on Feel the Noize and Bang Your Head (Metal Health). Quiet Riot disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 1991. The band has continued to tour and record, releasing their latest album, Hollywood Cowboys in 2019.

Quiet Riot is known for their high-energy live shows and their catchy songs. The band has influenced countless other metal bands, and they are considered one of the pioneers of the genre.

In fact, Quiet Riot’s current killer product I Can’t Hold On was engineered and mixed by Alistair James, who is one of the incredible guitarists for Steven Adler. I’m the publicist for Steven and the band, so obviously I am extra excited about AJ’s work with Quiet Riot.

I Can’t Hold On is a new song that is included in the reissue REHAB: RELAPSED AND REMASTERED. The song was written by Kevin DuBrow and Alex Grossi in 2003. The now finished track features a haunting vocal of DuBrow. It’s a very powerful tune those of us touched by Quiet Riot over the years as that it provides a semi-posthumous reunion of DuBrow, Frankie Banali, and Rudy Sarzo.

In addition to Bach and Quiet Riot, the show on the 25th will also feature a performance by Janet Gardner the former vocalist for of Vixen. The band’s biggest hit was Edge of a Broken Heart and Gardner is absolutely phenomenal.


The second day of the festival will be headlined by the Wailers, the legendary band that played alongside Bob Marley most of his career. The band will be joined by Uprooted, a band featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, and Mungion, a Chicago jam band.

The Wailers were founded in 1963 by Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer in Jamaica. The band went on to become one of the most successful reggae bands of all time, releasing classic albums such as Catch a Fire and Legend. Marley died in 1981, but the Wailers have continued to tour and record, with a rotating cast of musicians.

The Wailers are known for their positive message of love and unity. Their music has been praised for its social commentary and its uplifting spirit. The band has influenced countless other reggae artists, and they are considered one of the most important reggae bands of all time.

Uprooted is a band that fuses elements of rock, folk, and world music. The band has released three albums, including their latest, When I Woke, which was released in 2022.

Mungion is a Chicago jam band that is known for their improvisational skills. The band has released four albums, including their latest, The Swell, which was released in 2021.

Where the first night of the festival is all about rocking out, the second night is sure to be a night of positive vibes and chill music. The Wailers will bring their message of love and unity to Island Lake, and Uprooted and Mungion will add to the perfect soundtrack of Summer.

The Bands in the Sand festival is a great opportunity to see some of the biggest names in music in an intimate setting. The festival is sure to be a sell-out, so get your tickets today!

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Additional Details

  • The festival takes placeat 3D Sideouts Sports Tavern, located at 4018 W. Roberts Road, Island Lake, Illinois.
  • The festival is on August 25, 2023 and August 26, 2023
  • Music starts at 6 p.m. each day.
  • General admission tickets start at $35.
  • VIP tickets available.
  • Tickets are available at Ticketweb.

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Rikki Lee Travolta

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