The Bam Margera Experience with F*ckFace Unstoppable comes to ToledoWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to Brandon “Bam” Margera and his borderline out-of-control style—much of which has been captured on film over the years thanks to the popular CKY videos and hit MTV show “Jackass”—perhaps there is no better perspective on the West Chester, Pa.-bred daredevil than his older brother and CKY drummer Jess Margera.
“Bam’s truly, like, the Indiana Jones of ‘who gives a shit,’” Jess Margera said with a laugh.
Featuring Jess and Matty J (CKY), Waldie (Viking Skull) and Bam on vocals, The Bam Margera Experience with F*ckFace Unstoppable will perform at The Rocket Bar in Toledo on Mar. 18. The band’s set has featured covers from CKY, Turbonegro, Bloodhound Gang and Clutch.
“Music has always been a big part of all the CKY videos and stuff, and Bam influences these kids to hopefully try and listen to good music because I think rock music has really been put on the backburner, I guess you would say,” Jess said.
F*ckFace Unstoppable was birthed out of Bam wanting to play music on tour with Jess and other CKY members after making appearances at various bars and battle of the bands events. Never a dull moment when Bam and his friends get together, F*ckFace Unstoppable has already made international waves, namely for its time in Australia.
“Things were fucking out of control down there,” said Jess, who was not part of F*ckFace Unstoppable’s Australian tour. “And I feel like if I was there I probably could’ve calmed them down a little bit. Things were crazy down there, and apparently they got a good DVD out of it.”
The craziness of the group’s Australian tour resulted in CKY guitarist Chad Ginsburg leaving F*ckFace Unstoppable.
“This F*ckFace Unstoppable thing wasn’t for him,” Jess said of Ginsburg, who recently mixed a live album for Viking Skull, one of Jess’ other bands. “It’s crazy. It’s fly by the seat of your pants kind of stuff and I’m kind of used to that, but he doesn’t like that.”
The scariest moment of F*ckFace Unstoppable’s Australian tour was when a sea plane that was scheduled to pick up Bam and members of his party in Geelong nosedived into Corio Bay upon arrival. The pilot and the two passengers on board survived the crash.
“I love touring, but the stuff that happens on tour is just unbelievable,” Jess said.
Thankfully for Jess, his time in CKY has produced many positive experiences, including an unforgettable moment with Metallica.
“At the Fillmore, the green room area is basically a balcony above the stage,” Jess said on playing with Metallica in San Francisco. “So I’m just sitting there playing and I look over and Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield are playing air drums next to me to ‘96 Quite Bitter Beings.’ I just look over and I’m like, ‘Is this really happening right now?’”
Jess still remembers when he and Bam were told something to the effect of “have fun working at McDonald’s” by a high school counselor when the pair informed the counselor of their respective dreams—Jess’ being in a rock band and Bam’s being a professional skateboarder.
“It just lit a fire under our ass to work harder,” Jess said.
Unfortunately, that success has been mired with extreme sadness with the death of Bam’s best friend and “Jackass” member Ryan Dunn, who died in a car accident in 2011.
“It shattered our whole group,” Jess said on Dunn’s loss, adding that Dunn was “basically the third Margera brother.” “Nobody kind of knew what to do, so it was kind of a nice phone call to get from Bam to be like, ‘Hey, I want to play some music on these dates that I’m doing.’
“It’s cool. It kind of takes our mind off it, and filming any kind of CKY or ‘Jackass’ stuff would kind of feel weird right now without Ryan around, you know?”
Though it’s been difficult without Dunn around, Bam has kept busy and has a new show in the works with TBS. In the meantime, Jess is enjoying touring with his little brother, even if he can be a lot to handle at times.
“It’s just [Bam] doesn’t listen to anybody,” Jess said. “He just does whatever he wants, and that’s kind of how he gets to the level [of success] that it’s been at. So when I try to talk to him about like, ‘Chill out on the drinking, man,’ there’s been plenty of nights where it’s just gotten out of control on these tours.
“I don’t know what to do. It is what it is, and I’m just going to try and keep him out of harm’s way as much as possible.”
On Mar. 18, The Bam Margera Experience with F*ckFace Unstoppable will headline a show that also features WILSON and Undiscovered at The Rocket Bar, 135 South Byrne Rd. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door the night of the show. Advance tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as locally at Culture Clash Records (419-536-LOVE) and Ramalama Records (419-531-ROCK). There are also 50 VIP tickets available through Ticketmaster for $40. The show starts at 7 p.m.