RIP: Tony Sly of No Use For A Name passes away

Music News | Aug 1st, 2012

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The Punk Rock world is in shock right now as it has lost another great. Fat Wreck Chords sadly announced the news that Tony Sly of No Use For A Name has passed away at the age of 41. There are no details on how he passed away but he was on last day of his tour with Joey Cape of Lagwagon on Sunday. Tony and No Use For A Name were working on a new album as well(?). Such a bummer. Tony Sly will be sorely missed! Time to put some NUFAN albums…

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.”
[Fat Wreck]

Matt Riddle commented about the tragic news on their Facebook page:

hello everybody.

this is matt from no use for a name.

i’ve learned over the years there’s really no right way to talk about this stuff. i was kind of hoping it wouldn’t get out so fast for his family’s sake but it’s a little late for that now. i see that this news has gotten around pretty fast. so i wanted to tell you all personally that this morning i found out that yesterday tony passed away. i’m not sure of all the details yet, and i don’t think that’s really important. what’s important is i lost a great friend and you lost a great songwriter. i’ve been playing with him for 15 years? 16? i haven’t processed it yet. i’ve been on the phone all day with friends and family. i’m not looking forward to it sinking in. i’m worried sick for his wife and kids. i knew tony very well and he would definitely want to thank you for all the love and support for both no use and his solo career. if this doesn’t sound like a professional statement, it’s because it’s not. it’s just me venting and i wanted to let you guys know personally.

matt riddle
no use for a name.

Read our interview with Tony 2 years ago.

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