On Sunday the Canadian heavy metal singer wrote about the damage to the Lincroft, N.J., home in a detailed post on his Facebook page, explaining that he was “numb, in shock and devastated.” The house, which Bach called home for 21 years, was previously featured on an episode of “MTV Cribs.”
Bach explained that the storm caused a nearby reservoir to flood and snapped a bridge in half that was sent straight into his garage, knocking his house off of its foundation. The house’s basement, where he kept his concert memorabilia, was flooded with water.
“Gone are irreplaceable items, such as my KISS Gargoyles from the 1979 tour,” Bach wrote. “KISS pinball machine. Skid Row master tapes, video & audio, concerts, master tapes from Oh Say Can You Scream etc. Boxes & 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.”
As of the time of his Sunday posting, the singer wasn’t allowed to pump water out of the overflowing basement because of the risk of electrocution. Because the foundation of the house had crumbled, Bach said it was possible it could collapse at any second. On Monday he posted a photo on his Facebook page showing a danger sign that declared that the structure was declared unsafe for human occupancy or use.
On the bright side, Bach said that his comic collection was safely on the third floor of the house. Artwork by his father, painter David Bierk, was also saved from the storm. He noted that the incident reminded him that “the best things in life are indeed ‘free,’” adding that he was happy that his children and ex-wife are safe and that nobody was hurt.
Once he is allowed back into his home, Bach plans to salvage what he can, put items into storage and then level the house. After holding onto the house since his divorce papers were filed in December, the singer says he will now say goodbye to New Jersey and start a new life in Los Angeles.
Click here for Sebastian Bach’s Facebook page.