The loss of a loved one is a stark reminder of how short life really is, especially when they go before their time. Last week, Tony Sly was taken too soon, dying peacefully in his sleep at age 41. He is survived by his wife Brigitte, their two daughters Fiona and Keira, his brothers Mike and Jonathan Sly, and his parents Pauline and John Sly. In our time of grief it has been the stories from all over the world shared by band members, friends, and fans that have brought solace in an inconsolable time. To his family, he was a loving husband, a father, a brother, and a son; to us he was a loyal friend, an artist, a poet, and a philosopher. He was a man unafraid to bare his soul to the world. Throughout his lifetime as a musician, whether it was fronting No Use For a Name, or during his solo career, it was as if he was speaking directly to each of us, and because of that, each of us felt a special connection to him. Of course the real connection was to his family, and his loved ones, but somehow when he sang “International You Day” (for Brigitte of course) you felt that he was singing to you. Thank you, Brigitte, Fiona, and Keira, for sharing him with us. He was loved by so many, and will be forever missed.
With a heavy heart we will say goodbye to Tony this Friday, August 10th in San Jose at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, located at 80 South Market Street. Service starts at 9:30AM. Please arrive early as the street will be closed due to the area Jazz Festival. The service is public in hopes that all of you, friends and fans, who have loved and supported Tony, can join us to celebrate his life and his legacy.
Many have asked how they can support Tony’s family in this trying time. A memorial fund has been created to help support Fiona and Keira, and you can donate here:
Those of you unable to contribute financially, but still wanting to show support, can send letters and share memories of Tony with his family by writing to: Tony Sly Memorial, PO Box 54405, San Jose, CA 95154. We have no choice but to say goodbye to the physical presence of Tony Sly, but he will live on in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in our memories; eternally through his music and his children. Goodbye, our friend.
It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. Fat Mike had this to say: “One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
VICE Magazine is premiering the new NOFX single “Ronnie & Mags”, from the 7” and upcoming full length. Read their interview with Fat Mike and listen to the song here!
Man, we’re even late reporting news about shit we did ourselves. We posted the pre-order for the new NOFX album yesterday. You
jerks fans bogged down our site so badly we couldn’t even post all of the pre-order items before you started complaining that a certain shirt size wasn’t available or that you couldn’t get the colored vinyl without buying the combo. Jesus H! Anyway, colored vinyl (1,000 copies) is sold out, but you can still get regular black vinyl, 180 gram black vinyl (500 pressed), shirts, Live Decline DVD’s and album+shirt+DVD combos. I recommend the gorgeous 180 gram black vinyl. Definitely the fattest way to listen to this ripping new punk record.
Give yourself a bangover and watch Teenage Bottlerocket’s new video “Headbanger” being premiered by Spinner! Don’t miss them on their Freak Out! tour, dates below.
07/23/12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
07/24/12 Portland, OR Backspace
07/25/12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
07/26/12 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
07/27/12 San Diego, CA Shakedown Bar
07/28/12 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
07/29/12 Albuquerque, NM Gasworks
08/17/12 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
08/18/12 London, ON Canada Call The Office
08/19/12 Toronto, ON Canada Horseshoe
08/20/12 Montreal, QC, Canada Les Foufounes Electriques
08/21/12 Cambridge, MA Middle East
08/22/12 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
08/23/12 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
08/24/12 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
08/25/12 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
08/26/12 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks
09/13/12 Omaha, NE The Sandbox
09/14/12 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
09/15/12 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
09/17/12 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar
09/18/12 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
09/19/12 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
09/20/12 Nashville, TN The High Watt
09/21/12 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music Hall
09/22/12 Dallas, TX Riot Fest
And if you make it to the Fat Record Store opening this Wednesday 4-6pm, you can pick up a special edition copy of Freak Out! and maybe even get it signed by the band!
The Flatliners have just been added to the Bouncing Souls’ summer festival show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park!
Mean Jeans are keeping DIY punk alive!
Read a review of NOFX’s recent show at Irving Plaza in NYC with Direct Hit.
NOFX’s new book is out and they talk about it in this interview.
CJ Ramone is hitting the road in May and June with Broken Gold.
Sundowner has a couple shows this weekend with Ray Rocket from Teenage Bottlerocket!
Mean Jeans Tight New Dimension comes out tomorrow! Check out this review!
Punknews has a review of the NOFX, Direct Hit, Mean Jeans and Bad Cop/Bad Cop show that passed thru LA earlier this week!
Mean Jeans are playing Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo in Finland!