1970 – 2012
Tony Sly, the lead singer for Bay Area punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away at the age of 41. Details have yet to be released, but Fat Wreck Chords announced his death earlier today. No Use For A Name were among an assortment of bands who ruled the all ages scene in California in the mid-90’s. I can’t say how many times I saw Tony perform with No Use For A Name, but I can say it’s more than I can count on two hands. Soma was the spot in San Diego. Fat Wreck Chords was the label. And Tony and his band were a staple at both the venue and the label.
Honestly, it’s been years since I’ve listened to most of these bands, but I did randomly catch No Use For A Name open for NOFX at the Beaumont in Kansas City in ’08, and I have to say Tony’s vocals were immediately recognizable — they brought me back to one of the best times in my life.
41 is too young for anyone to leave this world. R.I.P. Tony. The Daily Grind and ¡Leche con Carne! will be on repeat all day in your memory.