Sebastian Bach, a rock singer who led hair metal band Skid Row in the 1980s, has lost his New Jersey home, which was destroyed by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.
The 43-year-old said the house, which was featured on the show "MTV Cribs" in 2000, was knocked off its foundation when waters from an overflowing reservoir smashed into a bridge, causing debris to fly into his garage. The disaster has wreaked havoc on the East Coast and reportedly caused 35 deaths before it was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday.
Bach was away on tour at the time. The singer's 47-year-old former wife of 18 years, Maria Bierk, and their three children - sons Paris, 23, and London, 17, and daughter Sebastiana, 4, were unhurt.
Bach said on his Facebook page that he is "numb, in shock, and devastated" by the destruction of his home of some 20 years, which he says has been condemned and deemed uninhabitable.
"I have been holding on to my house since December, when my divorce papers were filed," Bach said. "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.'"
"New Jersey, thank you all so much for 25 years of rock n' roll. It's all over now," he added. "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."
Bach said the flooding destroyed "irreplaceable items," such as KISS Gargoyles from a 1979 tour, a KISS pinball machine and Skid Row memorabilia.
"I had a library in the basement with every single magazine that had Skid Row on the cover," Bach said. "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."
However, the singer's late father's artwork, which was stored on the second floor of the house, was salvaged. David Bierk, a Canadian painter who died at age 58 in 2002, had created the cover for Skid Row's second album, the 1991 record "Slave To The Grind," which contains the hit singles "Monkey Business," "In A Darkened Room," "Wasted Time."
Bach said he plans to move his remaining possessions into storage once it is safe to enter the house, after which the building will be leveled. He said he texted a fellow rocker "who may become my new roommate in LA," adding: "Getting texts from my girl Minnie in LA making sure I'm ok & trying to cheer me up."
Bach, known for his long, blond hair and strong, raspy vocals, joined Skid Row in the late 1980s. The band soon spurred hits such as "18 & Life" and "Youth Gone Wild" and often opened for bands such as Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.
Bach left Skid Row in 1996 and has since then concentrated on his solo music career. He is currently promoting his upcoming fourth studio album, "Kicking & Screaming," which is set for release on September 27.
Bach has also pursued acting in recent years. He appeared in the Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde" in 2000 and later played the recurring role of as a rocker named Gil on the drama series "Gilmore Girls." Bach and Bierk starred in the reality series "I Married ..." in 2003. The singer has also appeared on reality shows such as "Celebrity Duets," "LA Ink," "Gone Country" and "Celebrity Fit Club."