Saturday night Skum’s lead guitarist John Eaton and lead singer Hart Baur were backstage at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida to support a great friend of the band’s, none other that 80′s star Tiffany. Tiffany rocked the sold out crowd with her rock infused set that covered a wide range of material, including a rocking version of GNR‘s “Sweet Child of Mine.”
Last night at The Shops at Sunset Place Hart Baur and John Eaton joined good friend and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova at the launching of Maria’s new candy line “Sugarpova“. The place was pack with fans as Maria mingled with fans and signed autographs for everyone. “It was great we were able to get out here and support Maria, said lead guitarist John Eaton. “Will be out at the Sony Open cheering her on, but these events are just as important.”
Said Maria, “It was great Hart and John came out to be with me, I can’t wait to see this movie, release it already guys!”
The boys took some time off to sit down with Clarke who was there as a guest of lead bassist Pat Burke. Clarke, who covered Pat, John and Tommy when they played in the Scoobee Doos in the mid 90′s, is a mainstay on the Space Coast music scene.
Clarke listened to the story of the making of the film, and listened to a few tracks and had a great time hanging out with the guys. She asked questions about the past and more importantly the present as the band is in the final stretch with the album.
Producer Mark Brasel was upbeat with the article and visit. “It was great to see Heike, she is such a good friend to the music community here and she learned about what these guys are doing, which is pretty cutting edge if you ask me.”
The Brevard Live article is the first to feature the band in the studio as they are usually very secretive about their recording methods. Explained Burke “we have been friends with Heike for years when she used to cover the Scobbess. She is totally cool and a great writer, so it worked out great.”
Rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrook added ‘it was great to do a sit down with Heike and we all enjoyed the break. Awesome article, she did a great job with it and I can’t wait to get back to The Zone to finish this up.”
You can check out the article at www.brevardlive.com -
It was typical night in beautiful New York City as Skum rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrooke and AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson met up at The Strand bookstore in midtown Manhattan.
It was the first time that the two were together since meeting backstage at Castle Donington in 1989.
“It was great to be here and see Todd again and talk about what they are doing. It’s fantastic!” said Johnson. Then he added with a laugh, “you know I heard those tapes and it ain’t Back in Black!’”
The event which coincided with Johnson’s book signing of his book entitled “Rockers and Rollers” was attended by over 1,000 hard core AC/DC fans who were out in force, with the line wrapped around the city block.
Mittlebrooke and Johnson hung out in the green room away from the crowd as they clowned for the paparazzi and traded stories of life and music.
“To be here in support of Brian is an honor and I am glad I was able to make it out. The guy is a rock legend and his book is hilarious. It is a must read for any fan of the road. How could I not come out tonight?”
The long awaited premiere of the film version of the hit Broadway Play ‘Rock of Ages” hit Miami Beach last night and some of the band was out in support. With the event being held at the Regal Cinema on Lincoln Road to a standing room only audience, and massive after party, it was a festive evening.
Tom Cruise was a no show, but that didn’t slow down the concert atmosphere of the night. Having filmed a vast majority of the film locally, it was a must for the guys to be out and mingle with the stars as well as the many extras who have worked on both films (“Rock of Ages” & “Skumrocks”).
Band members Tommy Gunn, John Eaton and Hart Baur were on hand to walk the red carpet and meet with friends and fans. “I worked on “Rock of Ages” and was in a scene shot at “Revoloution Live,” said drummer Tommy Gunn. “I know all these people here standing in line. Good to see them out having some fun.”
“It is important for Miami filmmaking to be out here and show some support,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “This city is a great place to not only make movies, but to premiere them as well, and besides, Julianne is a doll so it was good to see her again.”
“It was great to be back in Miami, I missed it so much,” added Hough. “To see everyone again is great. I miss running on the beach!”
“I love Julianne,” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “We met last year when she was filming and we were trying to get her do something with us but the schedules never worked. I told her I loved the blue leather dress. She just laughed.”
Most by now have read about the horrific attack that happened over Memorial Day Weekend in Miami. Ronald Poppo, a victim of chronic alcoholism, was savagedly attacked by a drug induced naked man on the MacArthur Causeway next to the Miami Herald Building.
Poppo had the upper part of his face chewed off in what people have dubbed the ‘Miami Zombie Attack.” This is a tragic incident in where a very peaceful and harmless man was brutalized in ways no one can explain or rationalize.
It has come to our attention through bassist Pat Burke, that Poppo may have worked a show for the band in 1989. However, this can not be verified, but if so, this brings this horrible tragedy even closer to home in the Skum family as we grasp at why this happened.
“This may have been the guy at the Grove Cinema,” said lead bassist Pat Burke. ‘I really don’t know. I just saw the picture and thought ‘no way man’ I played in Miami a lot of years with Skum and the Scobees. You know I’ve seen a lot of people backstage. A lot of guys would work for beer and food, so I don’t know. But still, this makes me sick.”
“You are asking me about something that happened over twenty four years ago,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “I would have to say this wasn’t that guy. But hell, who carried an amp and took a few beers in 1989, I can’t tell you any of their names except a few. I hope it wasn’t him as that would be too much.”
Regardless of whether he worked a few shows or not, the band is asking that all fans please donate to Mr. Poppo’s fund as he is in dire need. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
Donations can be made on the foundation website, www.jmf.org (click the “Take Action Now” tab, and then click on donations. On the donation page, select “other” in the contribution details section and input: Ronald Poppo).
Donations by check should be sent to Jackson Memorial Foundation, Park Plaza East, Suite G, 901 N.W. 17th Street, Miami, FL 33136.; write “Ronald Poppo” on the memo line.
Joanna Angel has agreed to star in Skum’s first video for the song “Bad Checks” in what will be the first single off their long awaited album “Lost at the Circus” in what already is raising controversy in music circles.
“I would love to be in the video,” said Angel looking great in a Skum Tank Top while in Miami for Exxxotica 2012. “I hope we are able to workout the schedule when they are ready to shoot it.”
Not everyone one is on board. Comedian Kym Whitley when asked if she will also appear in the video was a bit more direct. “Fuck no I’m not going to be in the video! What the fuck is wrong with those guys?” said an exasperated Whitley.
The video, which is in its fourth re-write, has drawn wide criticism from several mental health, family and media based organizations for it’s controversial theme after a copy of the script was leaked though an unnamed LA based website. A MTV executive who asked that his identity not be disclosed, said he read the stolen copy of the script and stated “there is no way MTV will play this as it is written now. This is simply a disturbing take on the modern music industry and frankly I am offended that this has even made it this far.”
Countered rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrooke “who cares what MTV says. I mean do they even still play videos? I haven’t watched that channel since 1991 when they stared doing those lame skit shows. This is more a VH1 vechile anyway.”
With no shoot scheduled, the video clearly is still in the developmental stage, but that hasn’t stopped the ferocious writing and re-writing that is taking place.
“This is going to be an epic album and we want to launch it with an epic video,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “This isn’t going to be a bunch of guys in Members Only jackets standing behind venetian blinds strumming their instruments. This is going to make people take notice.”
The video, as it is shown in the third re-write is timed at 7:45, of which it can be cut down to 4:15 for TV play.
“The intro lead in is non-negotiable,” said lead guitarist John Eaton.”That stays and we are all 100% on board with that. It is a brilliant lead in, that is all I am allowed to say. This is going to set the bar for modern video making the way Bowie did with “Blue Jean back in 86′. Just a little edgier and the girls will be much better looking.”
“I haven’t seen the fourth draft yet, but I sent in my recommendations,” added lead bassist Pat Burke. “OK, I can see some people getting a bit unnerved with the scene behind the 7-11, but as far as the taxi cab shoot and the rest of it, well it seems pretty straight up rock and roll if you ask me. I really can’t see the issues with some of this. People are going to just have to deal with it.”
“We’re shooting a video? Are you sure? When is this happening?” asked Tommy Gunn. “Nobody told me anything about this. No one ever tells me anything. Does Tommy Craig know about this?”
Skum’s Tommy Craig was back in the studio over the weekend hard at work as he shot a commercial for Zone Productions, the premiere recording studio in Central Florida. Located in beautiful Melbourne, Zone Productions is where most of the band has been busy recording their long awaited album “Lost at the Circus.”
“I like what we are doing at Zone Productions,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “Mark Brasel is as innovative as they come and as a band these guys have always thought outside the box. They have never towed the line. It’s the band’s style. Just yesterday I spent half the afternoon working with a Marshall stack amp. You just don’t see this kind of stuff anywhere else.”
The commercial was shot with local singer Katty Pleasant and model Brooke Covington over several hours of arduous work. Assisted by lead bassist Pat Burke and lead singer Hart Baur, Craig knocked down his lines with ease and the shoot, highlighting the innovative approach of Brasel was a success.
“Here at the Zone we like to look at the big picture,” said Brasel. “Too many studios focus on one or two items, here at Zone Productions we want it to be the whole package. A total rock star experience, and these guys personify that attitude. It was a great shoot and I can’t wait to see the spot.”
Pat Burke added “this is what this band is about and it was great to see Tommy just nail this the way he did.”
“It was a relaxed set, the girls were great and I am just glad were able to get the feel we were looking for,” said Craig. “Just being a part of this is awesome and I can’t wait to hear this album. The fans are going to be blown away.”
“It was a lot of fun shooting this and also interesting seeing inside this band’s mindset and how they approach their studio work,” said Katty Pleasant lead singer of the band Katty Shack. “It was refreshing to see.”
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The glam was out in force as New York Housewife Kelly Bensimon launched her US book tour for her new book “I Can Make you Hot” at Baoli in Miami Beach. The spectacular event was sponsored by the liquor “Hypntque” and included a ravishing desert buffet of all blue.
The guys from the band took some time out from the studio where they are in the final stages of recording their long awaited album “Lost at the Circus” to party in support of Bensimon.
“I love her on her show and the book, well that just fits what she is, hot!” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “It was great to see Kelly again and support her in our hometown.”
The crowd mingled as Bensimon made the rounds and signed books and took photos with her fans.
“Anytime anyone takes the time to write a book it is an accomplishment that needs to be celebrated,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “Kell is a doll and a great friend of the band. It was a must to be here.”
“I am thrilled the guys were here,” said Bensimon. ”I hung out with John at an event at the Hard Rock last year and it was great seeing him again. Tonight is a great night.”
Backstage with Quiet Riot at the ‘Legends of Rock’ concert in Boca Raton, Florida, Skum’s Hart Baur and John Eaton were hanging with good friend and rock and roll legend Frankie Banali.
The guy’s were up in Boca to support Frankie and his boys as they rocked the house with an explosive set. “I have been a Quiet Riot fan for most of my life.” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “When I was learning to play guitar I would put on “Metal Health” and play to each song until the grooves on the record wore out. These guys were a huge influence for me.”
“Frankie did a cameo for ‘Skum Rocks!’ which is a huge honor for us, so it was great to get up here and show some support,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “These guys put on a hell of a show.”
While backstage, the guys talked about the music scene, the movie as well as the Quiet Riot documentary in production that is being produced and directed by Regina Russell. “We are hoping to have it ready for next year’s festival circuit,” said Banali. “It is going to be great for the fans of Quiet Riot.”
Banali added “I can’t wait to see ‘Skum Rocks!’ It was a blast doing the cameo and I can’t wait to rock the red carpet!’
Then the guys went out and watched Quiet Riot tear up the place with a blistering set.
“These guys sounded as good tonight as they did when I saw them in 1985,” said Eaton. “This is one of the most influential bands of the last thirty years.”
Added Baur, “Frankie Banali is a class guy and one of the best rock drummers of our generation. It is great to see this band still delivering hard driving rock and roll. And that is a tribute to Frankie and his love of the fans.”