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, and a Facebook page was set up in his memory the following day.
A recent statement on the page reads, “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.com 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”
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