Maria Sharapova Wants Candy

Maria Sharpova and Hart Baur

Maria Sharpova and Hart Baur

Maria Sharapova and John Eaton

Maria Sharapova and John Eaton

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!” 

Maria’s candy line called ‘Sugarpova’ is a stylish, chic candy line that she was personally involved with from the beginning. “It was about 2 years from the meeting to this.” Each candy is designed by Maria herself, with her actually doing the drawings of the designs herself. “Yes, I did the drawings and designs myself, I was very involved and really learned the whole process. I am exited about it.”
The crowd of over 500 hundred were treated to a photo op as well as a chance to taste her new creations.
“I fell in love with gummy candies when I first came to the US when I was a little girl and went to the movies with my grandmother. To do this now is really amazing to me,” she said. 
“This was a great event and was very happy we were able to work this into our schedule to be here to support her,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “She is a great champion and now a great entrepreneur. She deserves all of this.”
“Maria’s awesome,” added John.

Scoring with Sasha Gradiva

John Eaton, Sasha Gradiva and Hart Hart Baur

Fresh off her red carpet bonanza at the Grammy Awards, where she was removed because of having guns sewn onto her dress, Russian born Sasha Gradiva was back on the road promoting her new single ‘Wanted’ and was in Miami for a St. Patrick’s Day show at club Score. She invited the guys over to hang with her at her sound check, and what better way to start an afternoon of recording then hanging backstage with Sasha?

Skum lead guitarist John Eaton was impressed with Sasha’s commitment to not lip sync and sing live. “Sasha doesn’t go that route and makes it live, the way it should be,” said Eaton. “I like her style and she is going to be a huge star.”

“Great that they came out to see the sound check,” said Gradiva. “I wanted them to hear the new single ‘I’m on Fire’ on the big speakers.”

“Song was great,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “Not so much into club music, but these songs have a lot of soul to them and sound great live. Sasha puts a lot of thought into crafting them and it really comes across. She is going to rock this place tonight for sure.”

Gradiva is on her way to becoming a super star in this industry as she did in her native Russia, but now is bent on conquering America.

“It is hard not to be a fan,” said rhythm bassist Todd Mittlebrook. “What she did in Europe, the scope of her work, the magazine covers and now the Grammy thing was just brilliant. Love her music.”

Look for the new single ‘I’m on Fire’ now on I Tunes as well as her new video which can be seen everywhere.

SKUM Rocks the Red Carpet at the 16th Annual Make-A-Wish Ball

Excitement and glamour abounded on Saturday as guests to the 16th-Annual Make-A-Wish-Ball in downtown Miami were greeted with a surprise appearance of Miami’s own hard rock band Skum. The group, famous or infamous depending where you stand, for their exploits on the east coast in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, were on hand to lend their support to the event, which grants wishes for the less fortunate.

Skum made their entrance at approximately 7:47 PM and were greeted by cheers and calls from surprised fans as they walked through the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel towards the Red Carpet, which was White for the themed event. Famed attorney Walter Bruning was also on hand to support the band and he called the event “simply magnificent!”

With a buzz in the air about their upcoming movie ‘Skum Rocks!’ narrated by Alice Cooper, which chronicles the band’s rise and fall and rise, people were asking about the film and if the band was planning on touring to support their long awaited album ‘Lost at the Circus,’ which is to be released in conjunction with the film.

Lead guitarist John Eaton said, “Tonight is not about us. It’s about the kids, that’s why we are here.”

Also seen was Skum’s newest member drummer, Tommy Craig, who sat in for a missing Tommy Gunn. “It was great to be out supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Craig. “Just to be a part of this band in a small way after all that has happened is something I can’t really describe. It is beyond words. I mean you see and read about these guys growing up and hearing what they did and now to be standing here with them, well, just amazing!”

Joining the band on the White Carpet were the host and head auctioneer of the event ‘Burn Notice’s’ Gabrielle Anwar,  who joked with the band – “so when is the film coming out?” and legendary rocker Joan Jett, who later played a rocking set for the well heeled crowd.

All posed for photos and laughed about the old days.

This year’s celebrity auctioneer Anwar of Burn Notice famewore a very chic yet elegant gown imitating a classic tuxedo. After asking how she came to host such a grand event, she revealed that when asked to do so, she couldn’t have refused, “I’m sleeping with the guy (who put this together).”

Anwar also gave us a little peek into her thoughts about filming Burn Notice telling us it was “pretty extraordinary to be shooting in Miami…I’m happy this is where we’ve ended up”. She still is not sure what lies ahead but she has “a lot of irons in my fire; so if I don’t poke myself with a hot iron too many times, something may happen.”

“Tonight has been great,” said Skum Lead Singer Hart Baur. “To be out here to support Gabby and Joan, and this entire project is just something we are very proud of. Shareef (Malnik) does a wonderful job putting this together, so I can’t wait to see Joan’s set. She said she was rocking the house tonight, so I’m excited.”

When pushed about the film’s premiere, Eaton expanded, “The premiere is going to be amazing…the biggest show of the decade.”

Walter Bruning added, “Tonight it is all about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that’s why I’m here, and the ladies, well, they look wonderful tonight. But you can’t still be somewhat excited about the movie. Finally this band will get what they should have years ago, and hopefully I can get some of my investment back as well.”

Eaton, who high fived Jett on stage in the middle of the classic I Hate Myself For Loving You, summed it up best by saying it was really “all about the kids.”

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, which according to Jett herself would “get all those people in their ball gowns up and dancing,” lit up the ball room with a blistering 45 minute set that included all her hits.

“This was the first time I’ve been asked to play at one of these fundraising events,” said a delighted Jett after the show. “If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t give up no matter how tough it gets because it will get tough. That really goes for anything in life, for musicians, and it’s nothing more for girls. If that’s where you want to go, you have to fight for what you love.”

“When Joan hit the stage I grabbed the first lady I saw without a legitimate date and got her on the dance floor,” added Bruning. “The night is young and I hear they are having an after party.”

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Edward Burns Jams with Skum!

It’s been a few of years since Actor Edward Burns‘ band ‘The Blue Jackets‘ opened for Coldplay and they haven’t played live at all in the last two years!

After the permier of his new film ‘Nice Guy Johnny‘ Friday night at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Ed told Hart and John “I’ve been itching to jam”.

“Say no more” said Hart and a extremely rare Skum practice was arranged where Ed was invited to sit in.

The guys rocked rocked into the wee hours playing a some of The Blue Jackets favorites but Ed, an accomplished guitarist in his own right, had a little trouble keeping up with Eaton on a couple of Skum songs.

Skum’s Just Hanging Out with Jenny!

Skum ran into their old friend Jenny McCarthy last Friday night at the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami. Jenny was promoting her new book ‘Lust, Love and Faking It‘. The guys hung out with Jenny as she mingled with fans after her book signing, Afterward, everyone headed down to the bar and over a few drinks, Jenny started a discussion over the last line of ‘Hanging out with Fred,” saying she always thought is was “Jerry Lee is Fred.” 

When explained to her that the correct line was indeed ‘JD’, she relied, ‘who the hell is JD?’  

Jenny, a long time fan of Skum and even a bigger fan of Herb George was giving John and Hart a hard time about kicking Herb out of the band reminding them “Herb had Style”.

Regardless of the Herbless line up of Skum Jenny and all of her Playmate friends are stoked about the reunion, “We can’t wait”.

Skum Does Denim and Diamonds!

On Saturday night Skum lead singer Hart Baur and lead guitarist John Eaton joined forces with the Miami Heat‘s Udonis Haslem in his annual Demin and Diamonds charity fund raiser. This  year’s event was a Vegas style casino theme and it didn’t take Eaton long to jump into the fray.

“I love poker and this was for a good cause,” said Eaton. When asked how he did, Eaton replied, “it’s the kids who won tonight.”

“I just want to give back to my community,” said Haslem. ‘This is my town and I’m proud to say that.”

Haslem then cleaned up at the poker table leading Eaton to comment with a laugh “‘there must have been some home cooking with the dealers!”

The room was filled with celebrities such as Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller and several other Miami Heat players. A crowd of over 500 turned out and  for the event, and fun was had by all.

“I didn’t see Clooney and I heard he was showing up,” said Baur. “He owes me a beer from the Super Bowl. I figured he pay up tonight. if anyone sees George on South Beach tell him he owes me!”

To donate to Udonis Haslem Foundation please follow the link below.

Skum teams up with the Miami Dolphins for the kids!

Miami’s own rock band Skum was out in force last week at Lincoln Road’s Lucky Strike bowling alley in a strong show of support for the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Dolphin Foundation, a charity devoted to providing and supporting signature Education, Health, Youth Athletic Programs and Volunteer Activities that inspire and engage communities throughout Florida. 

Skum’s John Eaton, Pat Burke, Hart Baur, Todd Mittlebrook and Tommy Gunn were on hand to sign autographs and get in a few frames. Dolphin players Brandon Marshall and Brandon Fields were also in attendance and the night quickly took off. Marshall was gracious to the many fans in attendance but was unsure of who was who within the band. “I’m a lot younger than these guys, they were way before me.” 

Lead guitarist John Eaton challenged Fields to see who could get the first strike in which Field knocked out a strike on his first toss. ‘Not bad for a punter,’ joked Eaton. 

The high game of the night came from Pat Burke who scored a 186, with the low game belonging to Tommy Gunn who managed to scrap together a 74. “Lets be honest, Gunn sucks at bowling,” added Burke. Gunn blamed his low score of the fact that he was denied re-entry into the VIP lanes after going to the bathroom and thus missed 3 fames. “They wouldn’t let me in, they didn’t know I was with the band.” 

‘It was great to be out and supporting the foundation,” said lead singer Hart Baur. “Charity starts at home and we are from Miami.”