Bolan admits that the fast rise to stardom was a little overwhelming, particularly the lack of privacy. He enjoyed the ride, but it freaked him out at the beginning. “I went to my hometown mall at Christmas and stopped in to see my friend's dad, who was like a second father to me, at the shoe store that he owned,” he recalls. “I had to be escorted out of the mall because of the crowd that gathered in front. The cops just said, 'You can't go back in there.' And I'm like, 'I can't go back in there? I've been coming to this mall since I was 11 years old.'"
"It became hard to go out in Jersey because we were like Jersey rock gods, so I would go out in Manhattan all the time," says Bach. "They were used to rock stars in Manhattan."
"I never, ever felt comfortable with celebrity when we had it,” says Bolan. "To this day, before I step out on that stage, I think, 'This is an awesome life that I've been given.' Back then, things got crazy. I would do stuff that I wouldn't even attempt to do today, wouldn't even think about doing."
They all enjoyed the fun and partying, although Bolan says he held back a bit. "I saw the bigger picture, and I loved living in the moment,” he explains. “I still do, but I also don't want to do something so stupid that's gonna get me killed or get me sued. I like keeping stuff private. I'd rather go out and drive a race car then snort a bunch of blow. That was just never my thing. I kept things pretty chill for the most part, but I remember a few times maybe drinking a little too much – or a lot too much and possibly causing a fight."
The wildest of the bunch was Bach. There was no denying his vocal talent and ability to win over a crowd and whip them into a frenzy, and his frequent stage rants about authorities trying to suppress rock n' roll easily allied him with fans who heartily agreed. He delivered unpredictable stage antics, reveled in the spotlight and was unafraid to speak his mind. And women swooned over him.
He could also be a loose cannon. At a show in Springfield, Massachusetts, after a concertgoer threw a bottle at his head, Bach threw it back, unintentionally smashing an innocent girl in the head with it, then jumped into the crowd to go after the real culprit. After the show, Bach was arrested, and the resultant settlement was reportedly exorbitant. The singer has since apologized and expressed remorse more than once for the incident.
Another unfortunate incident involved Bach wearing the now infamous “AIDS Kills F-gs Dead” t-shirt during an interview in 1990. The backlash was intense, and he has repeatedly apologized for wearing it, even admitting to his vocal idol, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, that he made a mistake. (Halford publicly came out nearly eight years later.)
When asked what older Sebastian would have told younger Sebastian if he could go back in time, he replies, "I've always had the mentality to do anything to put on a great show. I was famous for a long time for twirling my microphone, but it's dangerous. I've taken that out of my repertoire because I'm not here to hurt anyone. It's flown off the end of the chord a couple times, and I don't want to smash anybody's teeth in. I used to kick water bottles in the arena all the way past the soundboard. I used to climb to the top of the P.A. on the side wearing boots and jump off and do a somersault and fuck up my ankles and fuck up my wrist. I would tell the younger guy, 'Don't hurt yourself or others.'"