Fans to Vote for the ‘Drumbeat’ Bottle Design!


Tommy Craig

Tommy Craig

Here we go. Tommy has announced that he wants you, the fans to decide which bottle he chooses for his signature fragrance “Drumbeat.”

Option #1:

# 1

# 1

This design comes from the famous Icelandic sculptor Olafur Eliasson, who used a full body cast made of  Belgian molding wax in which he immersed Tommy into  a vat of warm wax making the mold.

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

“I wanted to capture Tommy’s strength as a man and as an artist,” said Eliasson “I am pleased with the outcome and only hope he chooses my vision for “Drumbeat.”

“It was great working with Olafur,” said Tommy. “We sent ideas back and forth and I was able to meet him in a studio in Orlando and really liked what he was doing. If this one is selected, I will be happy with that.”


Option #2:

# 2

# 2

Option # 2 is a simple design that conveys the simplicity of a simple beat. Designed by London’s Matt Knox, this bottle is something in which rock fans across the globe can identify. The seamless lines of the cylinder shape take from the symmetry of a bass drum. The backbone of Tommy’s drum kit.

To those who have seen Tommy Craig play live, you realize right away that the soul of his artistry is the bass unit,” said Knox. “So I wanted to incorporate that into the design. I think it is rather stunning in its simplicity to be honest.”

“I like it,” added Tommy.


Option #3:

# 3

# 3

In what Thai artist  Kae Chonglada calls the ‘Black Knight” may be the one most innovative designs for a fragrance yet.  Known for her ‘Modern Asian Watercolors”, Chonglada wanted to do something bold and yet sexy.

 Kae Chonglada

Kae Chonglada”

I enjoy symbolism and listening to Tommy’s work I knew what I heard. Walter (Bruning) was very instrumental in getting me this opportunity and I was thankful for the chance to work on something outside of my comfort zone. ”

“What Kae did with this is simply spectacular. I am glad the fans are choosing.” said Tommy. ” Going to be some hard decisions made for sure.”

Added Walter, “I think Kae’s work speaks for itself. Very talented and I hoped she gets the nod.”

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Tommy Craig in Discussions to Launch Fragrance


Tommy Craig with Jenny McCarthy

Tommy Craig with Jenny McCarthy

Skum drummer Tommy Craig is close to fulfilling his lifelong dream with his announcement earlier this week that he is in discussions to launch his signature brand of cologne “Drumbeat”.

“My idea for “Drumbeat” is to create a masculine fragrance that captures  the spirit of rock and roll with a fusion  of citrus and a touch of Nordic musk.” said Tommy. “I think the fans will love it and it will allow me the opportunity to branch my brand outside of the band a bit.”

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

During his trip to  Hollywood for the Hollywood screening of the film “Skum Rocks!”, Tommy met with several people who were interested in bringing his ideas to reality. It is rumored that Paris Hilton is one of the silent backers of the venture, but this has not been confirmed.

“I’m an not at liberty to say who is involved in this,” said Tommy. “But rest assured it is some pretty big names. especially with the potential TV show.  It is how we roll.”

Ximon Lee

Ximon Lee

“I heard that Tommy was looking into creating his own fragrance,” said rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook, ” So I introduced him to  Ximon (Lee) backstage at the Miami Premiere and they kind of hit it off. Ximon has a lot of contacts in the world of fragrance.”

(Editor’s note: Ximon Lee designed Todd’s red carpet outfit.)

“Ximon was awesome and knew a lot of people who were interested in seeing where this could go and he made a few calls, ” added Tommy. “It seemed that I was on the phone with almost everyone in the industry. Pretty stoked, nothing is confirmed, but the ball is rolling as they say. I’m reviewing bottle designs this week.”

The fragrance release party will be held at Longdogger’s in Melbourne, Florida later this summer or early fall.

“Looking forward to the release party. Will make sure that they serve the tempura shrimp with a lime-mango salsa that is to die for,” said Tommy.  “Will be a great night and hope to see all the fans out for that one.”

“We are proud that Tommy is finally doing this,” said lead bassist Pat Burke. “He has been talking about doing  this for years.”






ABC’s Castle’s Jon Huertas Talks Music and Film


John, Jon & Hart Poolside!

John, Jon & Hart Poolside!

Jon Huertas of ABC’s hit ‘Castle‘ was in town for some meetings with Sony Music and wanted to stop by to hang with the guys.

Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas

“I’m loving what these guys have done and can’t wait to see “Skum Rocks” out in theaters,” said Jon.  “This took balls to pull off and they did it. Just wish I could have been here for the March 5h show.”

“When I heard that Jon was in town I was stoked,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “Castle is one of the only shows I watch and his work on the show is second to none. Plus,  he is an amazing musician to boot, so it was great to sit back in a relaxed atmosphere and throw around some ideas.”

 In town to meet with Sony Music Latin Executives about several upcoming projects for his indie music label MIDRATS Entertainment, Jon was excited to see what the band had on the horizon as well, as a collaboration of some sort is a possibility.

“Big fan of Castle, and would love to get into the studio with Jon at some point, “said lead guitarist John Eaton. “He is a very creative and innovative artist and to those who know us, know those are the people we like to work with.” 

Jon & Hart

Jon & Hart

Having secured a Sony imprint deal, MIDRATS will serve as a platform for Jon and a new series he’s developing that is Latin-based, where all original music will be produced and distributed through MIDRATS and Sony as well as a new Music endeavor with Seamus Dever who plays his partner on ABC’s Castle. “I am really excited about the future,” added Jon. “Things are moving.” 

While mum on an eighth season of Castle, he did say “it is a great cast and we love working with each other, so if we get one more season, than great.”

“Jon is an extremely talented performer, anyone who has seen or heard his work knows this. Was great to catch up and hopefully we can do something in the future, schedules permitting, of course ” added Hart.

Stana Katric

Stana Katric

The band gave Jon a vintage concert T-Shirt as well as a tank top from Tommy Craig to give to his Castle co-star Stana Katic. “We used to hang out in LA,” said drummer Tommy Craig. ” She is a great kid and I wanted her to have the tank as a wedding gift.”

“A great lunch,” added Jon.

Jon dined on a hamburger panini with mozzarella cheese and grilled onions, accompanied by seasoned fresh cut fries, while John went with a classic Rueben with potato salad topped with sprinkled paprika. Hart chose the panini as well, but added fresh mushrooms and a side of cole slaw. “The mushrooms really make that.” he said.

Skum to Play Budokan in 2015?


Tokyo's Budokan Hall

Tokyo’s Budokan Hall

With the impending mass release of the soon to be cult classic ‘Skum Rocks!” narrated by Alice Cooper there has been a lot of international interest in the film.  While negotiations with the yet to be named US Distributor heat up, a Japanese company has entered the bidding war in an attempt to get the rights to the film for a country wide theatrical release in Japan, complete with a star studded Tokyo Premiere.

"Live at Budokan"

“Live at Budokan”

The Japanese firm is wanting to get the band to sign a one show deal to play the famed Budokan arena, made famous by Cheap Trick in the late 1970’s with their epic album “Cheap Trick – Live at Budokan”.

Arata Haruki is trying to secure the band to play the venue and is in contact with several other major US bands to create what he calls a “Massive Bill”.  It was not clear, but Mr. Haruki alluded to possibly bringing Cheap Trick for the night to as he put it ‘bring it full circle.”

Arata Haruk

Arata Haruk

“Skum had a good underground following in Japan, especially in the southern regions, particularly in Kyushu and Shikoku,” said Mr. Haruki.  “If this film premieres in Tokyo, I am convinced we can sell out Budokan and make this a great night for Japanese – American rock and roll. We would want Loudness to play as well.”

“We would love to play Budokan,” said rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook. “We would love to do a live album there as well. Why not? Right?”

The talk of a “Skum Live at Budokan” dates back to 1988 when the band was attempting to capitalize on their surging underground popularity.  “We would get these letters from the Japanese chicks with these polaroids, I mean pretty graphic stuff,” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “I was like, dude we got to do a Live at Budokan or something like that.”

While no date or dates have been even formally discussed, the band has spoken with Mr. Haruki on two occasions and he flew to Miami for the Miami premiere of “Skum Rocks!” and was backstage at the concert.

“It is a little early to start calling Rolling Stone about this,” said lead bassist Pat Burke. “But look, we know our rock and roll history and what this would mean to our fans. We need a live album to follow ‘Lost’ so to me and this is just me talking off the cuff, this just makes perfect fucking sense.”

“Do I want to play Budokan? Of course.” added lead singer Hart Baur. “Will it happen? I do not know. Arata and I had a really good talk back stage and what he said was that if he can get Loudness and maybe Cheap Trick, and we do this the night after or before the Tokyo premiere. Mark (Brasel) said we can record one of the greatest live albums ever, and you know I am down for that.”

“I thought Abbey Road was epic. This is blowing my mind,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “I hear we will get two special guest to join us on stage as well. This is what I have come to expect with this band. Greatness.”

The Fabulous Miss Wendy, who recently joined the band on stage in Miami was mentioned as being one of the special guests in Tokyo. “I have always wanted to play in Japan, and can’t wait to rock it!!!!”

SKUM ROCKS! Brevard Live Review


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Brevard Florida LIVE April 2015 issue had a great write up and review of the SKUM ROCKS! Miami Beach premiere.  Check it out below or online at:

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SKUM ROCKS! Miami Premiere



In what is being described as the most over the top film premiere in Miami’s storied history, the long awaited debut of the rock and roll documentary “Skum Rocks!” took place at Miami Beach’s historical Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road March 5th.

The red carpet was filled with stars as Eddie Money, Frankie Banali with Quiet Riot, the Fabulous Miss Wendy, Phoenix Benjamin, Scan Man, and of course, the entire Skum crew arrived on the scene. Lincoln Road became pure rock and roll chaos as the six limousine caravan unloaded an army of celebrities into the star crazed group of fans, erupting into an explosion of flashes, screams, and cell phone selfies as the stars made their way into the crowd. Throngs of people crowded and rushed the celebs as the red carpet turned into an impromptu meet and greet, and Eddie Money was heard to say, “Is this turnout great or what?”

Skum’s lead bassist, Pat Burke, said, “This is exactly what we wanted. The chance to give our hometown Miami fans an inside look at what we’re all about. Eddie, Frankie, all of us in Skum, everyone was having a great time, and I don’t think I ever took more photos with fans—ever. Eddie said he hadn’t seen this much fan excitement in years, and couldn’t wait to see the film.”

The fabled Lincoln Road Colony Theatre, built in the 1930’s, was packed, with the premiere sold out before show time, and a handful of additional tickets left at the box office were gone once the window opened up. Some tickets were sold on Craigslist for twice their face value, and there were reports of ticket scalping on Lincoln Road, though no arrests were made by the Miami Beach Police Department.

“It was the wildest red carpet I’ve ever seen,” said Skum drummer Tommy Craig. “And I was on the red carpet in Hollywood the night Brad Pitt was attacked! But this one blew that one away. This one was sheer madness.”

The Fabulous Miss Wendy, who has a cameo in the film and was to join Skum on stage at the Grand Central after party, said, “I’m from LA where they do premieres, but this was the craziest of any I’ve seen. The crowd was huge, with the stars and fans all mingled together. It was like Lincoln Road became just a huge backstage.”

Rock journalist icon Bobby Newcastle tweeted, “I was backstage having a sit down with Scan Man when everyone arrived, and I heard it was a madhouse out there. Eddie (Money) told me later it was one of the coolest entrances he’d ever been a part of, and that’s saying something.”

“It rocked, bro,’ added Phoenix Benjamin.

The movie house was rocking once the premiere started, as scene after scene delivered true laughs, and the fans were loving every second of it. “This is a great moment for the band in many ways,” said Skum lead singer Hart Baur. “We finally get to tell our story in front of our hometown. There’s been a lot of talk about the film and how this will be our legacy, but I say this is just the beginning of it, and I can’t wait to get on stage later and blow the place away.”

“Skum Rocks!” director Clay Westervelt was blown away, both by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd and by the response. “This is a huge premiere for an independent film—one of the biggest I’ve seen. But the real gauge for me was how the crowd of close to four hundred in the audience reacted. To say it went over well is a vast understatement.”

“Killed it,” said Skum rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook. “Straight up killed it. Bang on.”

Forget everything you’ve heard about the difficulties filming “SKUM ROCKS!” Forget the troubles they had, including the misbehavior of two of its spotlighted stars. The memorable thing about “Skum Rocks!” is that it’s not only stellar entertainment, it’s one of the most important rock and roll films of our day.

The Fabulous Miss Wendy on Stage with Skum March 5th!


Fabulous Miss Wendy  Photo by: Daphne Timberlake

Fabulous Miss Wendy Photo by: Daphne Timberlake

It is official! The Fabulous Miss Wendy will be joining Skum on stage in their legendary comeback show March 5th at Grand Central in Downtown Miami.  Wendy, who has a cameo in the feature film “Skum Rocks!”, will also walk the red carpet at the premiere at the Miami Beach’s Colony Theater.

“This is exciting,” said Wendy from her Hollywood lair. “I have been a fan of these guys for a long time, and I really thought they were just this urban legend you would hear on the circuit. But to get up and jam with them live. Totally cool!”

“The Fabulous Miss Wendy exudes what rock and roll is all about,” added Skum drummer Tommy Craig. “She is gorgeous, talented and can flat out play the guitar. Stoked about what we are going do together here.”

The boys and Miss Wendy will combine for a few songs and may even surprise the crowd with one of her originals. “We’re not saying what song we are doing, but trust me dude, we are going kill it,” said lead bassist Pat Burke,  “She is the real deal and this is going to be a must see moment in rock and roll.”

“To be in Miami at Grand Central, getting on stage with these guys is going to be a great moment for me,” added Wendy.  “Plus, to see yourself on a thirty foot screen, how can you not want to go out afterward and just rock it out?”

“I first saw Wendy in LA when she played the Whiskey.” said rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook. “She tore the place down. Ronnie (Wood) told me she was the real deal and he was spot on.”

March 5th at Grand Central.  Make it date!




Tickets Now on Sale for “Skum Rocks!” Premiere




We are excited to be able to announce that the tickets for the “Skum Rocks!’ Premiere and after party concert featuring QUIET  RIOT and Eddie Money, along with special guests The Urge are now on sale.

This event is to benefit CHARLEE of Dade County and is a cause that is very dear to us. Those who have followed us throughout the years know that we have a deep history of giving back to the community and this night is no exception.

Having been based in Miami for several years, Skum had always planned on making this night a night to remember, as well as one that matters for those less fortunate.  CHARLEE has been there for those children who need help and their services are invaluable. It is a charity that we as a band feel very strongly about.

Us along with our good friends QUIET RIOT, Eddie Money and The Urge will make sure that the fans who come out and support the foundation will get everything they ever wanted in a night.

The film will inspire you to take a chance on something and the concert will flat out rock you!

So get your tickets now, take out a sponsorship if you can, and get ready to rock like we did back in the 80’s.

But more importantly – support CHARLEE becuase at the end of this rainbow is a group of people who are the true heroes who do great work.

If you or your business want to be a sponsor please contact CHARLEE at

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Eddie Money & QUIET RIOT to Play ‘Skum Rocks!’ After Party in Miami – March 5th!


Eddie Money

Eddie Money



It has been announced that the “Skum Rocks!” movie premier after party to benefit Charlee of Dade County has signed two major acts to perform on stage. Eddie Money and the legendary QUIET RIOT will join Skum in Miami on March 5th for what will be a blowout concert spectacle.

Following the World Premiere of ‘Skum Rocks!” at the iconic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, the three bands, with special guests The Urge, will rock club Grand Central in Downtown Miami for what will be one of the most memorable rock shows Miami has ever seen.

Eddie Money and Hart Baur

Eddie & Hart

QUIET RIOT is on a resurgence never seen before in the rock world and Eddie Money, with his immense catalog of hits (“Two Tickets to Paradise”, “I Think I’m in Love” “Baby Hold On”) will bring it all to the Grand Central stage. The fans are going to get a show of a lifetime.

“It is an honor to share the stage with such great names,” said Skum drummer Tommy Craig. “Excited to see Eddie again and everyone knows my love of Frankie as a drummer and a friend. He is a true legend.”

With all proceeds benefitting CHARLEE of Dade County the evening is one that hits close to the band’s foundations. “We always did charity events back in the 80’s,” said Skum lead singer Hart Baur. “We felt that with this platform of the World Premiere, we could do something really good for our city. And with Eddie And QUIET RIOT, well its going to be epic!”

Hart Frankie John

Hart, Frankie & John Backstage

“I am so excited to play this show in Miami,” said Frankie Banali.  “QUIET RIOT has a long history playing in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. This particular show will be great because we are all friends with Eddie Money and I’m personal friends with all the guys in Skum which makes for a great evening of fun and rock and roll!”


It has been over twenty five years since Skum has played live in Miami and this grand homecoming has the trapping of one of those shows people talk about for years.

Eddie Money and John

Eddie & John


The film is finally there, and we get to play onstage with some of our idols,” said Skum Guitarist John Eaton. “This is truly a great moment for all of us, and especially CHARLEE. I learned how to play guitar to Metal Health, doesn’t get much better than this.”

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“This is what we do,” said lead bassist Pat Burke, “We are going out there to lay it down. Twenty five years in the making.”

Todd Middlebrook added “This is long overdue. This is really a dream bill for us. These guys (QUIET RIOT) are who put hard rock on the map back in 80’s and Eddie just did it his way. The American Dream my friends, the American Dream.”

Hart and Wayne Newton Rock Out in Miami


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Saturday Night at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami was the glitzy and glamorous Miami Make a Wish Foundation 20th Annual Ball. And if you looked into the corner of the massive ballroom, away from all the glitz and pomp, you would have seen none other than legendary performer Wayne Newton, sharing some laughs with Skum’s lead singer, Hart Baur.

Wayne and Hart were out at the star studded event in support of the Make a Wish Foundation, the organization whose mission it is to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions, a mission that Wayne Newton describes as “fabulous”. They were also there to in support of fellow performer Diana Ross, who starred in the evening’s “Oz Reimagined” theme.

“What can I say?” asked Hart. “Wayne is a legend, and when I learned he would be at this event, it was all the more reason to attend. We were able to catch up, and had a great conversation.”

Wayne was excited about the upcoming Miami premier of “Skum Rocks!“. “I love Alice Cooper,” he said. “Alice is in the rock and roll hall of fame for a reason, and anything he signs on to is a must see. And I’m proud of the Skum guys. There’s is a great rock and roll story, and I wish them all the best.”

“I was joking about Skum playing Vegas next year, and told Wayne we could stay at his house,” said Hart. “He laughed.”

“Not happening, ” added Wayne. “I heard what the guys did during their stay in Memphis. Besides, have you seen Tommy Craig’s house?”

“It was a great night for a great cause,” added Hart.  “Plus, hanging with Wayne was special. Hope he can make the premiere.”

Todd Visits Old Trafford – Cheers United On!


Wayne and Todd talk football and rock and roll.

Wayne and Todd talk football and rock and roll.

Last Sunday Todd took the train up to Manchester from London to see his good friends Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs as they battled Chelsea in a vital EPL match. Todd of course watched the game from the players box at Old Trafford where he saw an exciting finish to a hard fought game when Robin Van Persie notched the equalizer late in injury time.

“It was a fantastic match,” said Todd. “And it is always great to get up here to see Wayne and Ryan, although it is strange to see Ryan firmly entrenched on the sideline (Ryan Giggs is now an assistant and no longer a player) it is still a thrill to be here supporting them. Although I told Giggys he looks old in that track suit! You remember they made the trek to London to see the film last year, so it is fair to say we have each other’s backs.”

“Anytime Todd can make it up here he is welcome,” added Wayne Rooney. “He has been a big supporter of ours for years and it was only fair to do the same for him when the band was in London. And the film is smashing. Can’t wait until it is on cable.”

The game was a hard fought match in which United had to stage a very late comeback when many in stands felt all was lost. “United never gives up,” said Todd. “It is why I will always support them. You know they were not pleased with the draw,”

A laughing Giggs added ‘never satisfied with draw,no never, unless of course you are down one in the fourth minute of injury time, then you are most pleased!”

Todd laughed as they shared a pint in the players lounge. “Giggsy can always crack me up, said Todd. “Great guys and glad I was here for this one.”




Nude Photos of John Eaton Hacked


John Eaton - Sun Studio, Memphis, TN

John Eaton – Sun Studio, Memphis, TN

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Kate Upton and Skum lead guitarist John Eaton had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

Eaton was alerted to the hackling late Sunday night as friends began calling him to alert him to the fact that some private photos were appearing on several websites along with photos of several other celebrities including Upton and Lawrence.

John and Kate in Happier Times

John and Kate in Happier Times

The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence, Upton, Eaton  and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.

Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday. It is unclear if Eaton and Lawrence spoke, although t was  reported the two have been in contact via e-mail.

“I reached out to both Kate and Jen to let them know not to worry about it too much. This stuff happens,” said John.

Naked images purporting to be of other female stars as well as Eaton were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn’t be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

The alleged photos of John appear to show him  in varies stages of undress in a shower with two yet unnamed females and several shots of John in a hot tub at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, also in varies stages of undress as well as one holding what appears to be a shrimp cocktail in one hand.

Skum attorney Walter Bruning also threatened legal action against anyone posting any of the leaked photos. “We unequivocally deny these photos are of John.  However, if any of these photos are posted, the offending websites will be getting a cease and desist letter from me as well as a seven figure lawsuit.”

“This happens all the time,” said John. “These people have nothing better to do than get into our phones and hack photos. Get a life guys.”

The FBI said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.”

“Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time,” spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.

Skum gets Sexy, Dirty, Funny with Jenny McCarthy in Miami


Tommy Craig backstage with Jenny McCarthy

Tommy Craig backstage with Jenny McCarthy

Saturday night the guys were out in support of their good friend Jenny McCarthy as she brought her comedy ensemble show “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” to the Magic City Casino in Miami. Jenny didn’t disappoint the sold out crowd with her edgy brand of comedy and video vignettes, and her troupe of female comics brought the house down.

But not before the band hung out backstage with Jenny where they talked and joked about old times.

“I first met Jenny at the Playboy Mansion back in 93′ or 94′,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “The metal scene was ending out there, it was right after the GNR situation, so was kind of a weird time for me. But Jenny was just a great girl. Great times.”

“I am glad they all were out,” said Jenny. “Last time was when I was in town for my book tour I think.”

John & Jenny

John & Jenny

“Yeah, we last hung out when she was here with her book,” said lead guitarist John Eaton.  “It is great to be out here supporting her with this show and the show rocks it. Really funny. And Jenny looked amazing as always.”

After her departure form The View and with her upcoming marriage to former teen idol Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny is just moving full speed ahead.

“This show is getting picked up by SiriusXM so, shhh!” she said laughing. “Don’t tell anyone!”

“How can you not love Jenny,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “Beauty, brains and a great

Hart & Jenny Hanging  Backstage

Hart & Jenny

sense of humor. Of course we are going to come out to say ‘hello’ when she is here in town.”

Jenny had the audience in her hands from the start and was great on stage in front of a live audience. The sold out crowd loved it and from the looks of it she has found a new venue for her many talents. She is a natural for stand up comedy.

“It was great to see Jenny again and wish her well with her marriage to Donnie. She deserves it all,” added Tommy. “Always was a big fan of NSYNC.”

“Would be great to have her on the TV show as a special guest. She would just nail it for sure.”  said John. “Would be just magical.”





Skum Rocks the Transformers Premiere!


Hart and Michael Bay on the Red Carpet

Hart and Michael Bay on the Red Carpet

The guys were out in force last Thursday at the Miami premiere of fellow Miami resident Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction at the beautiful Aventura Fashion Mall.   The red carpet festivities were in full swing as hundreds of screaming fans were there to greet director Michael Bay and Jack Reynor (who stars in the film) were there for the event.

Hart joined friend Michael Bay on the red carpet as Tommy Craig and John Eaton were late arrivals due to rush hour Miami traffic and missed their time slot on the red carpet.

“Dude I didn’t look at the invite,” said John. “Last time Michael had his premiere he did it at South Beach Regal and I just assumed it was there. Then getting up to Aventura from South Beach at six o’clock on a week day?  Forget it.”

Pat and Todd missed the event as they were at the USA -Germany match in Recife, Brazil and thus were unable to attend. “I called Tommy and told him I was going to game to let everyone know. No disrespect to Michael, but this is the World Cup. I just didn’t realize he would miss it as well,” said Pat.

“I was calling John and he said he went to the wrong theatre, so we were all hoping they would get here in time,” said Hart. “ But Michael was cool about it, he understood. Besides Dwayne (Wade) was stuck in traffic as well and missed the whole thing.”

The premiere was sold out as expected and Michael said “This is a big franchise around the world, we just got back from China and its massive over there.”

The huge crowd made parking a nightmare as Tommy and John were stuck in the parking lot looking for a space for about twenty minutes. “Should have valet parked,” said John.

In the theatre it was a mad house as fan scrambled to get autographs and seats as the cast walked into the VIP area.

Once inside the mall Tommy stopped  to get a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s and was held up in line further delaying his entrance. “I figured we already missed the red carpet and I was starving, so had to get one of the Auntie Anne’s Originals for the screening. They bake them with real butter. Just amazing stuff” said Tommy.

”Oh yeah, “ added Hart. “They use real sea salt. Those things are fantastic.”

“It sucks we missed the red carpet,” said John. “ I apologized to Michael and told him he should direct our video for “Hanging out with Fred and he just laughed.

“Michael is a great director,” added Tommy. “Would love it if he did ‘Fred”.


Skum’s Miami Night With Wilmer Valderrama



Hart Baur and Wilmer Valderrama on the Red Carpet at Voto Latino Dinner

It was a great night in downtown Miami Saturday as the band welcomed Wilmer Valderrama to their beautiful city. At an event held at the world famous Miami Freedom Tower, Hart Baur, John Eaton, and Tommy Craig were out in support of their longtime friend and fan, and “That 70’s Show” star Valderrama, as he hosted an event for Voto Latino. Valderrama is co-chair of the Voto Latino Artist Coalition, an organization that works to inspire young Latinos to exercise their right to vote.

John and Tommy arrived late for the red carpet festivities, and band members Pat Burke and Todd Middlebrook weren’t there at all prompting Valderama to ask “where’s Burke?” (Pat was attending his son’s high school graduation, and Todd was at a private London screening of the World Cup).

“Bummed we missed the red carpet,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “But at least we had a chance to say hello to Wilmer and support him with this event.”

“I was joking with Wilmer that when we get our TV show signed, he should call Ashton and Mila, and join us for an episode,” said John. “He laughed and said he would love that.”

“Wilmer was unable to attend the Hollywood screening of Skum Rocks! last month, but he sent his best wishes. So when he learned he was coming to Miami, we had to get out to see him,” added Hart. “He’s a great role model for the Latin community, and just a great guy all around. We’ve discussed doing some future projects, and hopefully we can get him on the TV show with us.”

“It was great to have these guys come out. Their support means a lot,” said Valderrama.
“It’s amazing what these Skum guys have accomplished.”

The invitation-only crowd dined on jumbo shrimp cocktail with a mango-lime cocktail sauce, Caribbean chicken topped with a pineapple glaze and finger beef and cheese enchiladas with a side of spicy guacamole.

“The spicy guacamole was simply outstanding,” said Tommy Craig.

Skum Rocks Hollywood!




Skum really rocked the house at the Hollywood premiere of their rockumentary tour de force, Skum Rocks!  The first official US showing, held May 30th at the 17thAnnual Dances With Films Festival on Hollywood Boulevard in LA, was a stupendous success. And with a theatre packed with fans, friends, and celebrities, the members of Skum couldn’t have been happier.

Skum’s lead guitarist, John Eaton, was elated. “The Chinese Theatre? Are you kidding me? I could get used to this. Tommy [Craig] and I stayed at the Roosevelt, and hung out in the Lair of the Hollywood Vampires at the Rainbow.  It’s been a great week, and it’s great to be part of Hollywood Folklore.”

“This was a huge step for the film, being screened here at the Chinese Theatre,” commented Clay Westervelt, the film’s Emmy-winning director. “And this is just the beginning. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

“Tonight was great, being out with the band and all these fantastic fans”, added Phoenix Benjamin, the uber-talented guitarist, who, from time to time, rocks his guitar with Skum.

Master musician and friend of the band, Frankie Banali, agreed, stating simply that “Skum does rock!”

The roaring triumph of the band’s Hollywood premiere is not the last you’ll be hearing from the rockers of Skum. According to lead singer, Hart Baur, there may be another Skum big project in the works. “There’s been talk of a TV show,” Baur revealed after the premiere. “If that happens, it’ll be way over the top.”

For now, the members of Skum are taking things one day at a time, and they’ve had some pretty great days. Tommy Craig, Skum’s drummer extraordinaire, left me with this comment. “A few months back we had the world premiere at Raindance in London, and then cut tracks at Abbey Road. That was amazing. But now, being on the big screen in Hollywood? That’s really something. I can’t wait ‘til we play at the Whiskey later this year.”

We can’t wait either, Skum.

Dances With Films 2014: ‘Skum Rocks!’ Focuses on Fear of Success


Rockumentary Looks Back at a Band That Almost Was

Published June 5, 2014 by Steven Bryan – Yahoo Voices

Without a doubt, “Skum Rocks!” is not the typical Hollywood success story. Directed by Clay Westervelt and narrated by Alice Cooper, this rockumentary examines SKUM, a real-life band that, when faced with success, decided to quit. “That’s what this film is about: the abject fear of not failing,” SKUM co-founder Hart Baur said when reached by telephone for an interview. “The whole name of the band was a play on the fact that we couldn’t play. It was self-degradation.”
In spite of the band’s original fears, “Skum Rocks!” has been doing well on the festival circuit, making its Dance with Films debut last week in Hollywood. In the 1980’s, SKUM had a serious following on the East Coast, even though the band didn’t know how to play their instruments. Baur said the band eventually travelled to Los Angeles, playing a gig at what he called a non-descript venue. “That wasn’t even a real show; it was us getting up and doing a couple of songs. [SKUM] was just about to hit when everything imploded,” he explained. “Just when we started getting cognizant of the fact that we could do something with this, by that time everything was well overblown. It was like we were chasing cars with no intention of catching a car. But it was fun being in the street, it was fun playing in traffic.”
Lost master tapes and SKUM on film
Joining Baur on the call, director Clay Westervelt said he grew up in Iowa and hadn’t heard of SKUM until he was in graduate school at USC. “Hart actually got in touch with me based on another film I had made called ‘Popatopolis,’ which is about a B-movie director who was kind of getting well-known,” Westervelt said. “He was expected to be the next Roger Corman. He ended up becoming better-known for doing late-night Cinemax movies like ‘The Devil Wears Nada.’ I followed him around while he tried to make a motion picture in 3 days.”
Baur points out that though the band members comes across as dumb and uneducated, the opposite actually is true: “We really understood that fact that if you signed a record contract, especially back in the 80s, you owned nothing. You got a bonus, but that bonus was against earned income.” SKUM did record some tracks in the hopes of producing their own album, but the band broke up in 1990 and the master tapes were lost. “It was all kind of done and over. Then, about 5 years ago, this guy Steve Martindale called me. He had found the box in his bathroom. It turned out he had the master tapes the entire time,” he said.
Disgruntled girlfriends and celebrities
SKUM represented a high degree of artistic freedom, especially to creative folks laboring for other people. “A lot of celebrities liked us; they gravitated towards us because of the freedom that we had. We could do what we wanted; we didn’t have to worry about a record label saying ‘You have to do this song. You have to wear these outfits or you have to go here,'” Baur said. “We were always about bringing the fan onstage, backstage with us. It was all interactive.” Though Baur said there was no “Yoko Ono” involved in the breakup of the band, there had been a “Disgruntled Girlfriend” chapter in “Skum Rocks!” that didn’t make the final cut. “But hopefully, we’ll get a TV show and we can bring these girls on and show their stories. The girls were actively involved and everything, but they were in way over their heads,” he said. “We had one girl who moved to Miami, and the [band member] who invited her to move to Miami didn’t think she would actually show up.” —    

Skum Rocks in Hollywood’s Vampire Lair


Lair of the Hollywood Vampires

Lair of the Hollywood Vampires

After the sold out Dances With Films premiere of their film “Skum Rocks!”, narrated by Alice Cooper and held at Hollywood’s fabled Chinese Theatre, the Skum guys headed off to the only place fitting to celebrate, the famed Rainbow Bar and Grill, on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Skum members John Eaton, Tommy Craig and Hart Baur, joined by a few select fans, were whisked away for a special night upstairs at the Rainbow, in the exclusive Lair of the Hollywood Vampires, where Alice Cooper once presided over one of the most infamous private clubs in Hollywood folklore.

Hart with long time fan Jonas Cedergren in the Lair

Hart with long time fan Jonas Cedergren in the Lair

“Not too many people know this is here,” said drummer Tommy Craig. “I  used to come to the Rainbow all the time back in the 80’s but never went up there, so this is a special night.” The story of the Rainbow’s Vampire Lair is a true Hollywood legend. It’s where Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Mickey Dolenz, and others, would come to hang out, and talk, and do other things. “Alice had told us about the Lair, and we wanted to see it, but to get the VIP treatment was unexpected, and much appreciated,” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “We are now among the few who have been in the Lair and lived to tell about it.”rainbow

The guys spent about 2 hours there, relaxing after the Skum Rocks! premiere, and were able to kick back and talk with the fans who managed to get in with the band. “It was a great day,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “The film premiere rocked, we played to a packed house, and the crowd loved it!  And then to come to the Rainbow, and to have Mike just totally take care of us and get us into the sacred room, was the icing on a great week here in Hollywood.”

Famed rock journalist Johnny LeRue, who was also at the Rainbow that night covering the band, and for a sit down with drummer Tommy Craig, said, “These guys, Skum, are adding another rock and roll chapter to the legend of the Lair. They don’t let a lot of people up there, much less party there.” “We’re coming back here soon,” said Eaton. “Once we sign this TV deal, we’re playing the Hollywood Whiskey. That will be episode one.” —

Skum Rocks! Premieres in Hollywood


Check out ALICE COOPER’S PAGE FOR MORE INFO ON THE PREMIERE AT May 30, 2014 @ 2:45pm Mann’s Chinese Theatre @ TCL Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.         Hollywood Permiere date Theater Skum ROCKS! had a packed house as it held its Hollywood premiere on May 30, 2014, as part of the prestigious, 17th Annual Dances With Films International Film Festival. Skum ROCKS! is a full-length film narrated by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Alice Cooper, and produced by Imaginaut Entertainment. Directed by Emmy Award winner Clay Westervelt, Skum ROCKS! dances along the edge of one of the most bizarre stories in the history of rock and roll. Fullscreen capture 5312014 90600 PM With over fifty celebrity cameos, including Alice Cooper, Frankie Banali, Jon Stewart, Debbie Gibson, Sasha Grey, Chanel Ryan, Monique Parent, Antonio Ballatore, Traci Lords, Sharon Lawrence, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany, Skum ROCKS! is jam-packed with so many celebrities, we dare not list them all for fear of creating mass hysteria. ABOUT Skum ROCKS! The film is a sordid tale of a rock band that became bigger than they had a right to be in the late 1980’s, scamming their way into the hearts of thousands of fans, and the wallets of hundreds of investors. Skum was a band that couldn’t be bothered with such mundane aspects of music life such as practicing, or even performing, and yet they managed to make it to the cusp of fame and fortune, only to have it implode. Skum Rocks! takes a hilarious look at everything that can go wrong when a group of guys with no real direction find themselves in a position of power. This rock and roll train derails quickly. Skum founding members Hart Baur, Pat Burke, John Eaton, Tommy Gunn, Todd Mittlebrook, and Tommy Craig, tell their story, an absurd tale of one band’s quest to achieve the American Dream. The filming of Skum Rocks! reunited the band, and in 2013, Skum recorded in Memphis’ fabled Sun Studios, as well as at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. These tracks will be added to their album, Lost at the Circus, scheduled for release in 2014. While in London, Skum also filmed the pilot for their upcoming TV show. Since 2013, Skum has made multiple public appearances, most notably at the film’s London premiere, in September 2013, at the 21st Annual Raindance International Film Festival. They have been featured on the cover of US Rockstar Magazine, and among other appearances are ‘Good Morning, Phoenix”, “Six in the Mix” (NBC Miami), and the Big 105‘s “The Paul and Young Ron Show”. —————

Pat Burke Opens The Town Tavern in Boone, NC!

Pat on the phone with Alicia Silverstone

Pat on the phone with Alicia Silverstone

Skum lead bassist Pat Burke has opened up his long awaited theme restaurant ‘The Town Tavern’ in Boone, North Carolina. Wanting to create a rock and roll / sports haven for friends,  fans and celebrities alike, Pat has created a concept that is sure to catch on country wide.

“Boone has a lot of world class acts that play here at ASU,” said Pat. “What I wanted to do was to create a place that has the atmosphere of backstage, but one where everyone can be a part of and I think we have done that here.”

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone

Boone is quickly becoming the Aspen of the Appalachians with many celebrities making their way through the picturesque mountain town. Many celebs such as Alicia Silverstone, Mike Love and John Oates, to name a few have been rumored to be seen there.

“I am not going to comment of who has been in, but lets just you see a lot of very familiar faces here,” added Pat. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Iconic rock journalist Bobby Newcastle has been in on two occasions when in town. “The Town Tavern is one of the best places to come to after a show,” said Newcastle. “It is like a continuation of backstage with much better food.”

John Oates

John Oates


It has been well documented that the band is very tight with the celebrity world, so this just fits especially with the influx of celebrities coming into Boone. With the Beach Boys coming into town later this summer look to see longtime Skum fan Mike Love there with his bandmates as there is a reservation for a table of seven already in the book.

“I am glad to see Pat getting this opened,” said rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook. “He has a flair for great food and the menu is spectacular.”

Pat with Alice Cooper and the band,

Pat with Alice Cooper and the band,

I wanted to branch out with my brand,” said Pat. “Hart and Todd have successful businesses, Tommy has his fragrance and John has his line of marital aids, so I just figured it was time for me to do something.”

When in Boone stop by the The Town Tavern, but make sure you call ahead for reservations!



Todd Surprises Mega-Fan David Villa at Practice!

Todd & David in Manchester

Todd & David in Manchester

Taking a day out of his busy schedule in London in preparation for the March 5th “Skum Rocks!” Miami Premiere, rhythm bassist and football fan Todd Middlebrook took the train up to Manchester to meet with the band’s mega-fan and Spanish International David Villa. Villa was in Manchester for a week of training with his new club New York City.

“I heard David was into the  band through Fernando (Torres) and our people were able to work out a time for me to get up there and surprise him with Skum some T-shirts, a jacket and an advance copy of the CD even though we are missing 5 solos,” said Todd. “He was really surprised and excited to get the shirts. I am glad New York City helped set this up as New York City is going to be my team this year when I move back.”

“I was very surprised,” said Villa through an interpreter.  “I bought it was Todd on the sidelines, but we were in the middle of a six on six. Then they called me over and I saw the bag of shirts.”

New York City is starting league play this spring and the signing of the Spanish superstar was seen as a huge coup in Europe.  Many experts have gone on the record as saying that Villa gives NYC an instant chance to be competitive.

Will he make the Miami premiere?

“I hope he can make it, but the season is right around the corner,” said Todd. “It was a great day up here and I can’t wait to see David playing in my hometown.”

“We will see, it really comes down to the training schedule. If I can get away from the night I would love to come down,” said a laughing Villa. “Miami are you kidding me? I speak Spanish!”


Designers Selected for “Skum Rocks!” Red Carpet

The designs have been submitted, the favorites selected, the agreements signed and now we can finally introduce the platoon of world renowned fashions designers who have been selected by the band to design and produce their coveted red carpet attire for the March 5th premiere in Miami.

Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

“I was sent portfolios from about ten designers, some of them very big names such as Bill Blass, Armani, Hugo Boss to name a few, but they, in my opinion were tired and nothing jumped out at me,” said lead singer Hart Baur, “But in the end I went with Strega’s of St. Augustine with designer Nancy Bennett. The color, over the top fashion sense, style, yeah, it is what I needed for this event.”

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Lead bassist Pat Burke is taking a more conventional approach as Armani will be working closely with him to create his vision for the night. “I received an e-mail from one of the Armani designers and he pretty much sold me,” said Pat. “Besides, I’m getting like a hundred shirts for free, so I’m pretty much set for life with this stuff.’

Rhythm bassist Todd Middlebrook is also

Ximon Lee

Ximon Lee

going slightly off the grid as he has selected New York City fashion newcomer and rising star Ximon Lee to  come up with a design that Lee has called “visionary.”  “I am very connected to the fashion world,” said Todd.  “I heard Ximon was doing some creative stuff and last month I was backstage at the Queen show at the O2 and Adam (Lambert) told me Ximon was a genius. I was sold right there.”

 Lead guitarist John Eaton will be wearing an ensemble by one of his sponsors, Louis Vutton. “They are working on a style I’m  going to call ‘Ghetto Chic’,” said John. “I am going to use the red carpet as a platform to launch the line and hopefully we can have this in stores by Labor day.”

Drummer Tommy Craig has decided to go with a more conventional look, featuring a vest and sweater ensemble with khaki sailor pants and plum ascot by Abercrombie and Fitch.  “I liked what they proposed,” said Tommy. “They did a full story board, with an animated power point presentation and it looked great.  They are a great company and to know my photo will be on the wall in hundreds of malls across the country sold me on them.”

Attorney Walter Bruning will be wearing a custom made Tweed Jacket and argyle bow tie by the Brooks Brothers. ‘Excited to see the jacket,” said Walter. “The fitting went well.”