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 fame, wore 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.”