Nostalgia meets everything new on this page linking two eras of pure rock pedigree.

Inspired by a chat with legendary ex-Skid Row crooner Sebastian Bach, recognises the glorious fact that our favourite music is experiencing a golden era akin to the late 1980s.

So check out what’s hot and what was even hotter….

And to kick off let’s look at the boy Seb in his former guise as a hair metal hero with the Skids and his current rebirth as a solo slayer.

 Now 2008: Angel Down (DR2) has been shifting shedloads in the US for six months now but it’s only thanks to those boys at Jarrow’s Demolition Records that we’re seeing the fruits of Seb’s labours here at last!

Captured the critics’ imagination cos it features that most elusive of rock Gods – Axl Rose – on no fewer than three tracks. But Bach comfortably emerges as the better singer as he blasts his way through some serious rawk.

And for those of you who remember the Skid Row pin-up’s softer side there’s even a Desmond Child-penned ballad called Falling Into You. The lads at RPM are still waiting for Angel Down on 12” picture disc but Seb told “Hang tight. It’s coming!”

rushonrock rated: 8/10. Bach In The Saddle.

Then 1989: Skid Row (Atlantic) featured the classics 18 And Life, Youth Gone Wild and I Remember You and served up a delicious slice of sugar coated hair metal.

Long before Seb became a hardened metal head he was influenced by Jon Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Whitesnake – this polished record proved the point.

It sold by the bucket load and little wonder. For fans of 80s Rock this essential release is filed alongside 1987, Hysteria and Slippery When Wet.

rushonrock rated: 9/10. The Skids Are Alright.