Last week the metal community was saddened to hear about the death of Steve Mach, one-time bassist for glam metallers Skin & Bones, who was shot by police in Baltimore when they had mistakenly believed that he was carrying a weapon.
Fans paid tribute to Mach, who over the years had also made a name for himself as a promotor for the legendary New York venue CBGB.
Skin & Bones first emerged on the scene as hair metal began to lose its commercial appeal, with groups such as Poison and Faster Pussycat attempting to distance themselves from their earlier make-up-oriented image.
With Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor acting as producer (who also produced Thunder‘s Backstreet Symphony around the same time), Skin & Bones released their debut album Not a Pretty Sight in 1990, yet despite such standout tracks as Resurrection Love and Cover Me With Roses, they were mostly overlooked by the metal community.
A Facebook page was created in memory of Mach the following day after the incident, with a post stating, ‘Note to Baltimore Police: Whatever happened to shooting to DISARM rather than to KILL???’
Jimi K Bones, who had played with Mach in both The Vamps and Skin & Bones, has spoken to Love-It-Loud.co.uk regarding the tragedy and has paid tribute to his close friend:
‘I met Steve Mach when I was seventeen-years-old. He was standing in his basement covering himself with fog from a dry ice machine he had just made out of an old fifty-five gallon drum and dryer hose. I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to be in a band with this guy.’
‘Steve and I worked together over the next twenty years in several successful bands. We first came together in The Vamps, which later morphed into Skin & Bones. We travelled to Europe and all over the States, having one crazy moment after another.
‘Steve was one of the funniest guys I have ever met. Politically incorrect, outrageous, and was brilliant. He is a light that will truly be missed by many. I am honoured to have had called him a friend.
‘Rest and Rock in Peace!
Jimi K Bones.’