Jimi K Bones Pays Tribute to Former Bandmate Steve Mach


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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  1. Julie Arnold October 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm -

    You said it perfectly Jimi. Thank you… One less light shining on earth.

  2. Vince Rogan October 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm -

    Beautifully said. A tragic loss!

  3. Mike Lurz October 9, 2011 at 1:10 am -

    Kiki, as usual spot on

  4. Mike Lurz October 9, 2011 at 1:12 am -

    Spot on Jimi

  5. Michele Missi Flame Feiertag October 9, 2011 at 9:30 am -

    Well put,lovely sentiment,Jimi.

  6. Peter Schluederberg October 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm -

    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.

  7. Dawn Manche October 12, 2011 at 2:02 am -

    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.

  8. KymTaylor-Rhys October 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm -

    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.

  9. Regina Mach October 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm -

    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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