Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist for glam punk rockers New York Dolls has lost his battle with cancer according to his personal Facebook page:
“As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years. Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease. While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain. Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let’s send this beautiful doll on his way,”
It’s with great sadness I share news of the passing of Jessi Zazu (aka Jessi Darlin) of Those Darlins. The 28 year old lost her battle with cancer yesterday.
For those of you who have checked out this blog for many years, you’ll know I was a fan of Those Darlins from the start. Having seen them not only in Cleveland multiple times but also at Bonnaroo, I got to interact with her more than once and she was always as nice as could be.
She never hid the fact that she had cancer and was very open about her fight with it. This news came as a complete shock to me.
I’m lucky enough to say I saw her play in a band that she loved and was even able to capture some photos of her doing so.
I am a little late to talk on this, but I still felt it necessary to post something. As many of you know, Mikey Herrera passed away last week.
Although I did not know him personally, some of my pals did and one of them even played in SleeperHorse with him. I have always appreciated what Mikey did and was really bummed to see the bad news.
Mikey’s Facebook page has flooded with comments, memories, and photos showcasing the love that surrounded him. I found myself spending some time on there the other night just looking through endless posts of love and support.
As this website is dedicated to sharing music that I like, I wanted to post material from some of the bands Mikey was in to pay my respects to him and anyone who ever knew him.
I still have a tough time believing that it has been a year since Tony Sly left this world. Sure, I did not know him personally, but I was pretty damn good pals with the music he wrote seeing how much I listened to it. To this day, I still listen to No Use For A Name as well as his acoustic material. It will forever be on my playlist.
I remember bumping shoulders with him backstage at a Cincinnati Warped Tour years ago where I was more concerned about how many beers I had consumed over taking in all that was going on around me. I was quick to apologize and he just smiled at me as he and the rest of his band headed to the stage to play some songs to a sea of fans. I recall taking in their set and telling my partner in crime that day how lucky I felt to have just seen them play live again.
On October 29th, Fat Wreck Chords will officially release The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute. This important release will include 26 covers of Tony Sly songs from Tony’s friends such as Bad Religion, Rise Against, Frank Turner, Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, The Gaslight Anthem, and many many more. I am still waiting for more details on when the album can be pre-ordered and check FatWreck.com almost daily as I know the vinyl version of this will be something that will sell out quickly.
The good folk at Fat had this to say about the upcoming release: “We can’t express how much it means to us and Tony’s family that each of the artists and bands on this album took the time and effort to contribute such meaningful and interesting interpretations of Tony’s songs. All proceeds from this compilation will go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.”
Tony Sly passed away in his sleep on July 31st, 2012. He was 42 years old.
Fat Wreck Chords confirmed the sad news earlier today that Tony Sly has passed away at the age of 41. To say the man was an influence is an understatement. He was an icon, a legend, and will be missed.
I really have nothing else to say about this. I am still in shock.