John Eaton took time out of his busy week to have lunch with longtime friend, Genesis drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins, at the beautiful Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. The two rockers talked about Phil’s move to Miami, the film “Skum Rocks!”, and a possible future collaboration while dining on fresh Florida Yellowtail with a Creole style rice side and a vinaigrette tossed salad.
“Phil is a rock and roll legend, so it was great he called,” John said. “I knew he would be in town for Art Basel. but wasn’t sure our schedules would mesh. I’m a huge fan of his work, and he’s a fan of Skum, which is extremely flattering to say the least.”
According to John, Phil mentioned his interest in moving to Miami, and asked for assistance in searching for a suitable home. “It’s not every day you find a rocker who is also a realtor,” Phil joked.
“It was a great lunch,” said Eaton. “Very productive. Phil was thrilled with our success in London and disappointed he… READ MORE
“You know when you hear a band that everyone thinks is great but deep down, you suspect they actually suck? That happened in the 1980s to Skum Rocks, a group with no musical talent – but somehow enough luck to almost become stars. Narrated by Alice Cooper, this looks set to be a curious strange-but-true… READ MORE
“Without question, you should see this film. You will wet your knickers laughing.”
Last night in Los Angeles, a private screening of SkumROCKS! was held for film distributors and movie executives at SoHo House West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. It was L.A.’s first “sneak-peak” at Clay Westervelt’s — the award winning director of Popatopolis — latest film, and he was on hand to answer questions. “It was a great screening,” Westervelt said afterwards. “We had a full house and all the right things happened — so it was an exciting night for all us involved with the film.”
Audience reaction to the film, including that of this journalist, was nothing short of sensational. The story of Skum is the stuff of Greek Mythology – a Phoenix rising only to crash and burn – but perhaps rise again? That Westervelt was… READ MORE
“One of the most shocking, funny and outrageous documentaries I have ever seen”.
“Somewhere down the road, Rock and Roll was hijacked by a bunch of musicians.” This is the philosophy of Skum. Read it, re-read it, memorize it. It will help the 77 minutes it takes to watch Skum Rocks! make a lot more sense. Skum was a punk band of loose definition made from the members of the William & Mary varsity soccer team. Starting their careers playing the student parties of their classmates at their college in Virginia, Skum set the scene for their future in the music business by making the entry fee for their parties consuming two shots at the door.
Their parties became so notoriously wild people started crossing the country or even the borders just to be a part of one of their nights. The parties turned into gigs and the gigs turned into professional shows, the first few of which were ended by police shutdown.… READ MORE
–as posted on Inside Celebrities by Jeremy Radnor – UK Music World
When the rock band Skum entered legendary Abbey Road Studios on the 26th of September, they were walking into history. No band had ever recorded in Memphis’ Sun Studios as well as London’s Abbey Road in the same calendar year. Ever. The occasion was momentous, to say the least.
Skum was in London for the Raindance Film Festival premiere of “Skum Rocks!”, the rock documentary helmed by notable director Clay Westervelt. And with their album still underway, they thought, “why not record some tracks at Abbey Road?” It was no easy feat booking time at the Beatles-famed studio, especially with a mere two weeks’ notice, but a few calls were made and a few generous artists — who wish to remain anonymous — swapped their studio slots to give Skum the needed time.
Skum rhythm bassist, Todd Mittlebrook, said, “It’s great that we made rock and roll history with these recordings. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a huge accomplishment and… READ MORE
Todd (red shirt) is standing between Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.
Skum’s rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrook took a break from recording to visit his good friend and long time fan of the band — Ryan Giggs of the Manchester United Football Club. Giggs invited Mittlebrook to be a part of the team’s weekend game against the EPL (English Premier League) leaders, Arsenal.
“Ryan and I go back a long way,” said Mittlebrook. “It’s safe to say we are big fans of each other’s work. Ryan has a keen ear for music and loves Skum’s new recordings, so when he called and asked if I could take a break and come up to Manchester for the game, how could I say no?”
When asked about the film Skum Rocks! Giggs was ecstatic. ”I couldn’t go to the London screening due to football season, but Todd sent me a screener and I was blown away. It really is quite good — a very poignant rock and roll story. And the… READ MORE
–as published by Artrocker Magazine on November 1, 2013+/0+/
Personifying the American Dream
SKUM at Abbey Road
I was lucky enough to meet the band behind the ‘life is stranger than fiction’ documentary ‘SKUM ROCKS‘. Interviewing them at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, there to record the final touches to their never quite finished debut album ‘Lost at the Circus’. In the peaceful surroundings of the studios gardens SKUM’s founding band mates Hart Baur, Pat Burke, John Eaton, Tommy Gunn and Todd Mittlebrooke explained that they formed in the early 1980’s by three members of a varsity soccer team with no musical background. Happy to divulge their side of the story, which is an absurd tale of the quest for the American Dream. Hart explained ”we went to a tremendously boring campus, the place was starved of fun, press was starved for stories, it was like a tinder box ready to go up’.
SKUM ROCKS is the true story narrated by Alice Cooper, about a band who gained popularity on the East Coast of America in the 80’s despite the fact that none of… READ MORE
Whisked away from the Cinema Paradiso in private shuttles to the festival’s invitation only moonlight gala, SKUM’S Hart Baur, John Eaton and Pat Burke mingled with the film crowd and caught up with old friends Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City), Stephen Moyer (True Blood, The Starter Wife), as well as legendary drummer Billy Lackey.
The FLIFF is the most popular film festival in South Florida. “We love the FLIFF,” said John Eaton. “It’s head over heels better than Miami’s. They actually pull stars into the event and — do you see the spread they put out here? Incredible. Miami’s party had paper cups.”
“Now that we are solidly in the film world, it’s great to be out here in support of others,” added SKUM lead bassist Pat Burke. “We saw what Raindance did for us, and it’s important to be out here supporting our… READ MORE
–posted by insidecelebrities.com on October 23, 2013
Lauren Conrad, star of Laguna Beach and The Hills, and a long-time fan and friend of Skum’s lead guitarist John Eaton, has announced her engagement to singer-songwriter boyfriend William Tell.
John was quick to offer his congratulations. “Lauren is a doll and it was great to see her and Willy take this big step. He’s a great guy and they make a perfect couple.”
Conrad, who said she was “beyond thrilled” about the engagement, remained coy regarding a date —but did hint at a summer wedding. The actress and best-selling author (L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies), wouldn’t give specifics on the location either, but according to John, it will most certainly be in Southern California, where both William and Lauren grew up.
Any word on whether she will call upon her good friend to provide some entertainment at the wedding —perhaps in the form of a guitar solo wedding… READ MORE
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