Guys Attend Epic Eddie Money Show in Pompano Beach

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Hart, Eddie and Tommy joking together backstage

Tommy Craig, John Eaton and Hart Baur joined the party backstage at the the Eddie Money concert this past Saturday Night in beautiful downtown Pompano Beach, Florida. In what was one of the most important concerts of the young season, Money performed to a sold out, standing-room only crowd that spanned three generation of fans and included opening guest Starship, fronted by Mickey Thomas.

The band is currently in talks for the TV show to follow the release of their documentary ‘Skum Rocks!” and wanted to stop by and talk with Eddie, as well as show their support.

Nigel backstage

Nigel backstage

As far as outdoor rock shows go, this one was one of the all-time greats. International celebrity journalist Nigel Pandemonium was backstage, as was concert icon Bobby Newcastle. “Smashing show!” said Pandemonium, “Eddie was in great form and it was a absolutely splendid performance by Mickey. I spoke with Eddie afterward and he was very happy with the evening. He told me ‘Nigel it was a great crowd and we fed off that.”

Newcastle backstage

Newcastle backstage

Even Bobby Newcastle agreed. “Great show. Yeah Eddie was on. Starship impressed me as well.”

Things got off to a great start when Starship hit the stage at 8pm sharp. Starship front man Mickey Thomas was spot on as they belted out hit after hit sounding as if it were 1987 all over again.

Skum drummer Tommy Craig said “Starship just killed it. Mickey was off the charts vocally and Stephanie blew me away with ‘White Rabbit”. And it was just so awesome to see Eddie again. What a guy. We were talking about the TV show and he was just in a great mood. Then he gets up on stage and just brought the place down. Great show.”

Mickey Thomas added, ” It was great to see the guys out at the show, but I thought Bruke was coming. He texted he was going to make it.”  (Pat Burke was unable to attend the show as he was committed to a charity event in Raleigh the same night.)

Eddie hit all stops during his 75 minute set as the crowd ate up his one liners along with

Hart and Mickey

Hart and Mickey

the hits. “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “I think I’m in Love”, I Wanna Go Back”  kept the crowd on their feet and he raised the roof with his encore ‘Shakin’.

“Eddie Money personifies what this business is all about,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “He is not only one of the classiest guys on tour, but just a total performer. Writes great songs, great hooks, has amazing rapport with the crowd and then just when you think he can’t get better he whips out the sax and blows the place away.”

Hart, Steph and Tommy

Hart, Steph and Tommy

The band discussed the possibility of collaborating on on a remake of Money’s classic 1984 hit “Shakin” in what guitarist John Eaton said would be an “epic collaboration.”

“It was great to see the guys again,” added Eddie. “We hadn’t seen each other since we played on the same bill in 2015 and you know how I feel about them. Love them. Let’s get this done! Song is going to rock.”

SKUM ROCKS! Miami Premiere

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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.

Skum’s Miami Night With Wilmer Valderrama

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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! Premieres in Hollywood

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Check out ALICE COOPER’S PAGE FOR MORE INFO ON THE PREMIERE AT  http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/whats-news/skum-rocks-to-screen-at-dances-with-films-festival http://jbspins.blogspot.com/2014/05/dwf-14-skum-rocks.html 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”. —————

Skum Rocks with Blondie

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Eaton, Burke, Harry, Stein & Baur

On Saturday, Feb 15, John Eaton and Hart Baur of SKUM joined Deborah Harry, Clem Burke, and Chris Stein of Blondie on the red carpet at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Resort. Blondie’s sold-out show was held in the Fontainebleau’s BleauLive, the same grand ballroom where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other music legends performed in the resort’s heyday.

Eaton and Baur spoke with Blondie about the band’s impact on rock and roll and pop culture. “It was sort of a natural progression,” said Deborah Harry. “People learn what they hear. We did the same.”

Eaton agreed, commenting, “The difference was that everybody learned your songs. They were the soundtrack to an entire generation.”

“The last time we stayed at the Fontainebleau in the 70’s, I opened a window and the humidity blew out the television,” laughed founding Blondie member and guitarist Chris Stein.

“I told him that was just an excuse,” Baur laughed. “Everybody knows rock and rollers destroy TV’s in hotels. It’s just what we do.”

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Blondie was excited to hear about Skum’s collaboration on their classic track “Dreaming” with 80’s superstar Martika at their reunion show in January. “I was telling Clem that Tommy (Craig) killed it on drums that night, and he wants Mark Brasel to send him the track,” said Eaton. “Clem is an amazing drummer himself, and it’s cool to be out here tonight with people who are genuine legends.”

After walking the red carpet, Skum was invited backstage to watch the show. Blondie rocked the room, and the crowd responded with a prolonged standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert. “Blondie always delivers,” said Eaton. “They went out and put some much needed rock and roll back into the Miami Beach scene. No club music tonight, just straight up rock, and the people ate it up.”

“A lot of bands owe their livelihood to these guys,” said Baur. “No one might have ever heard of No Doubt, the Go Go’s, Madonna, or any of them if it weren’t for the Runaways and especially Blondie. They were the first band to mix pop with punk, and they were doing rap in the 70’s. They blazed a trail for everyone else. ”

John Eaton added, “The catalog of songs Blondie’s written is simply amazing, and they gave an amazing performance tonight — a real piece of rock and roll history. It was a privilege to be a part of it.”

Skum Rocks With Kate Upton

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Hart Baur and John Eaton attended the Express fashion show at the Raleigh on Miami Beach this week to support Kate Upton. Hailing from Melbourne, Florida,  Kate is a fan of Skum and was disappointed she missed the band’s show last month at Baroos.

“I was in Melbourne in December, but I had to leave before New Year’s,” said Kate. “I wish they had played the show when I was in town!”

Kate recently signed on to be the new face of Express and the guys couldn’t be happier.

“When I heard that Kate was getting this gig, I was pumped,” said lead guitarist John Eaton. “Besides being gorgeous, she’s a great person and will represent the line well.”

The Raleigh was packed with fans and fashion gurus for the twenty minute fashion show that highlighted some of the new Express lines for the Spring.

“I’m a jeans and T-shirt girl, so working with Express is a perfect fit,” added Kate. “It’s great to be here and have the guys to support me.”

“Kate looks spectacular and she is going to be a great ambassador for Express,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “It was great to be out here to support her. We were both born in Melbourne, so we have some common ground. I was telling her she needs to be in our next video.”

At that, Kate laughed and said she would “have to see that script first!”

As the show started, John was hanging out in the DJ booth spinning some tracks, while Hart and famed attorney Walter Bruning watched the show from Bruning’s personal cabana.  Walter, who has done some work for the Raleigh in the past, enjoys a good relationship with the management team.

“I love the Raleigh!” said Walter.

Walter’s guest list included Miami Heat star Chris Bosch and radio personality Lee Sterling. “Great event for sure. Anytime you’re hanging with Walter at the Raleigh it’s a fun time,” said Sterling.  “The man can throw a cabana party.”

“I’ve done several contracts for them (The Raleigh) in the past. It’s a great resort,” said Walter. “Always a joy to come out here and see what’s going on. Great show today and it’s always wonderful seeing Ms. Upton. My she’s hot.”

Kate looked gorgeous in her Express white strapless dress as she concluded the show to a standing ovation.

“Great night tonight,” added John. “This is what it’s all about. Getting out and supporting friends.”

John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood – Country Cooking!

John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood

John Eaton and Trisha Yearwood

On Sunday Skum’s lead guitarist John Eaton joined friend and country superstar Trisha Yearwood at her country style brunch held at the Loew’s Miami Beach.  The brunch was a highlight of the Miami Wine and Food Festival, an annual event that attracts scores of celebrities and celebrity chefs from around the world,

Trisha not only hosted her brunch, but many of her dishes were on display for all to taste and to top if off and she even played a five song set for sold out event. Tickets were impossible to get, but the band was well represented as John was there to support Trisha with her event.

“Brunch on the beach with Trisha? Are you kidding me? Great way to end the Food Fest”, said John who even got behind the table and whipped up some omelets for thrilled guests.

“I couldn’t believe John Eaton was cooking my omelet”, said Food Fest patron Robin van Calcar who flew in from London, England for the festival. “I look up and he asks me if I want some mushrooms and salsa. “Only in Miami!”

“I told Trisha that next year we should do something special with the whole band and she was all in. She was giving me a hard time that we didn’t ask her to join us on stage last month.”

“Martika is great and I love her but I would have loved to do it,” said a smiling Yearwood.  “But I did hear it was a great compilation.

“I met Trisha a few years ago at her wedding to Garth and always loved her music,” said John. “When our friends come into town we always make it a point to get out and support them.  It is what makes this band great.”

SKUM ROCKS AT BAROOS BEACHSIDE BAR

It was a great night at Baroos Beachside Bar on January 17th!  Great performances by Martika, Frankie Banali, the Scoobee Doos, Pinch, and others – and a really rocking crowd as we wrapped up shooting of the Skum Rocks! movie and raised funds for the Shining Through Shadows Foundation.  Thanks to everyone who participated, making this night such a great success!

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Martika

 

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Katty Pleasant and Brooke Catalon

 

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Crowd at Baroos Beachside