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 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.’


  1. Well said Jimi. Steve was a true original with a tremendous sense of humor and a great heart. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.

  2. I met Steve two years ago, both living in NYC but both not from there, both from Baltimore. I got to learn about a very different part of Steve that many of you may of not known, a sensitive and caring one. He was also a lover of children, cared about mine as well as children around him. He also made religion a very important part of his life and the last time I spoke to him, January 2011, he told me he was on the way to recieving confirmation. I am still in shock about him passing. I remember sitting on his lap and him giving me a makeover and fixing my hair. I remember warmth in his eyes. I miss him. What a truly special man.

  3. Steve was a genuine friend for life – not just a club friend. When we reconnected I hadn’t seen him in over 20 years, but he was the same guy. He would say, “Yeah, well, ya know – I AM your friend!” Jimi puts it perfectly – I’m sure Steve’s bright light still shines where he is. I’m glad he received his confirmation, it was important to him. Have a wonderful afterlife, Steve.

  4. I am writing for Steven’s Grandmother. She would like to talk to Jimi K Bomes about Steve Mach. She just found out about Steven’s Passing.
    Thank you, Regina Mach

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