Joe Scibilia (musician)

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Born (1972-12-12) December 12, 1972 (age 51)
Chester County, PA
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
OccupationMusician (bass player)

Joe Scibilia (born December 12, 1972) is an American musician best known for as the bass player for the pop punk band Last Great Hope[1] and the hard rock band Big Machine, a project put together by guitarist/producer Doug Kaye and AC/DC front man, Brian Johnson.

Previously he was a member of Florida based rock band Peppermint Skydiver.

He is the creator of the Florida music website CoffeeStain (1998-2004), which was a website for anything related to the Florida music scene and now hosts The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show podcast.

Early Life

Scibilia was born in Chester County, PADecember 12 1972. He moved to Florida when he was 8 years old where he lived most of his life until moving to Bakersfield, CA in 2005 and eventually relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2013.

Early Music Career (1986-1991)

During his early career, Scibilia started playing bass in various garage bands. One of his first musical ventures was in a band named Nuthin' But Trouble with longtime friends Corey Casey and Nick Mauro. Nuthin' But Trouble recorded a three song demo tape before replacing guitarist Nick Mauro with guitarist David Bradshaw. In 1992, Scibilia and Bradshaw parted ways with Casey to explore other projects.

Peppermint Skydiver (1992-1995)

In 1992 Scibilia and Bradshaw recruited drummer Nick Wadson to form Peppermint Skydiver. The band went through numerous singers until they found Michigan native and friend of Bradshaw, David Jasper. The band went on to sign with a small indie label out of Michigan and entered the studio to record their first record titled "Paper Sunshine". Unfortunately the label went under before the record could be released and the band disbanded. In 2020 the band finally gave the record it's proper release.

Last Great Hope (2004-2008)

In 2004 Scibilia got a call from long time friend and No Fraud drummer, Walter Rossmann, and was asked to come audition for a new pop punk band he was putting together with former No Fraud bassist Doug Burns and friend David Fowler. Scibilia joined the band and Last Great hope[2] went on to release their debut record title" Creatures of Beauty"[3] on Handout Records. They toured in support of the record playing the 2005 Vans Warped Tour[4] as well as a tour supporting punk rock legends The Dead Kennedys and supporting shows with Authority Zero, Angry Samoans and The Queers.

In 2006 the band parted ways with Fowler and recruited new guitarist Donny Hough from Scibilia's other band, Big Machine and released their second record titled "Like A revolution"[5] on Stiff Pole Records. In support of the record, they went on to play various stops on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour and continued to support the release playing alongside Lit (band), The Riverboat Gamblers, Plain White T's, and The Almost. In 2008, Scibilia left the band to move to California.

Big Machine (2005-2006)

In 2005, while in Last Great Hope, Scibilia was asked by producer/guitarist Doug Kaye to join a musical project being put together by Kaye and AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson called Big Machine[6]. Scibilia accepted and was joined by Kaye, Last Great Hope guitarist Donny Hough, Juliet drummer Jeff Klosterman and Neurotica (band) / Atheist singer Kelly Shaefer. The band performed their first show in front of a sold out crowd at Club Chrome in Sarasota, FL in 2005.[7] Johnson performed AC/DC classics Back in Black (song)|Back In Black and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (song) at the show. The band's demo caught the attention of New York music law firm Selvern, Mandelbaum, And Mintz who have represented bands such as Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, The Wu-Tang Clan and Celine Dion. The firm flew down to attend the first show and quickly signed the band[8][9][10]. Soon after, the band played a showcase for industry reps at the iconic CBGB's in New York City. Unable to come to an agreement with various lables, the band parted ways in 2006.

The Distance Project (2015-Present)

In 2015, Scibilia had the idea to recruit various musicians across the globe to record songs he wrote. He started by asking Nuthin' But Trouble guitarist Nick Mauro to play guitar on a track and Last Great Hope singer, Doug Burns to do the vocals. He liked the way the first song came out so much he asked them to do another. The trio ended up completing eleven songs including a cover of Tom Petty's hit "Refugee". Soon after the band agreed to terms with Boston indie label, Rum Bar Records to release a 4 song EP with the first single, "Everyday (Is Halloween) to be included on Rum Bar Records "Rocktober" sampler.

The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show Podcast

In 2020 The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show[11] was launched. It is a weekly podcast hosted by Joe Scibilia and Nick Mauro, the show features a wide variety of guest from the music and movie industry. Past guest have included Bill Allen (actor)[12], Johnny Dee (musician)[13], Troy Luccketta[14] and Dave Kushner[15].

In the media



  1. Last Great Hope. "AllMusic".
  2. "Last Great Hope brings goofy touch to music scene". Herald Tribune.
  3. Creature of Beauty Review. "To The Point". antiMUSIC.
  4. 2005 Vans Warped Tour. "2005 Vans Warped Tour Artists".
  5. To The Point. "Like A Revolution Review". antiMUSIC.
  6. "AC/DC Frontman Throws His Weight Behind Florida's BIG MACHINE".
  7. "BRIAN JOHNSON's BIG MACHINE Getting Bigger".
  8. "BIG MACHINE Inks Representation Deal With Selvern, Mandelbaum, And Mintz".
  9. "BIG MACHINE Sign Representation Deal, Record New Material".
  10. "BIG MACHINE To Feature Material From AC/DC Frontman".
  11. "The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show Podcast". The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show.
  12. "The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show Episode 8: Bill Allen". The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show.
  13. "The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show Episode 13: Johnny Dee". The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show.
  14. "The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show Episode 25: Troy Luccketta". The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show.
  15. "The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show Episode 22: Dave Kushner". The Rock N Roll & Coffee Show.

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