Created: 02 August 2014
I was fortunate to have seen No Use For A Name several times, but I actually got to see Tony Sly in person at one of his solo gigs opening for Heartsounds in San Diego around March of 2012. His entire set for that particular show is on Youtube by the way. His solo acoustic performance unleashes a more catatonic and heartwrenching take on those moshable No Use For A Name punk standards. After the set, I met up with him at his merchandise area. He was truly one of the most down to earth guys you'd ever meet, which was a pleasant surprise coming from a frontman for such an established punk rock act. I immediately picked up all his solo albums and some T-shirts. It still feels surreal that an icon and staple of my punk rock youth passed inexplicably so soon; he was only 9 years older than me.