I have been listening to NUFAN since I was 14 years old. Today I am 36. Tony's songs, especially the ones on the Tribute album have become more important to me since my sister passed away last week. It was totally out of the blue, and nearly the same age as Tony as she was born in 1969. So, Mr. Sly, can you please keep an eye on her? Hopefully you are able to introduce her to punk rock. P.S. today is her birthday!
As a musician, once in a while you see a band and think, "Wow, I wish I was in this band." No Use was one of those bands for me. It was always obvious to me that their songs and talent was beyond the level of an average punk band. But it was their personalities and overall dynamic that really made them so cool. Tony is one of the funniest and smartest people I've ever known. His talent was always obvious. One day, out of the blue, I received a call from Tony asking if I wanted to audition for No Use. Lagwagon was not doing much of anything at the time and I was working as a care giver for an elderly woman. I was initially surprised but flattered and I accepted. Our first tour was to Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Japan. I quickly realized even more than before, the extent of Tony's talent and the band's potential. None of us had ever been to Indonesia, Malaysia or China and we played many smaller cities in Japan that bands don't normally go to, which made it a new experience for all of us. I can't really recall many tours that I had a better time on. I quickly became very close friends with Tony, Matt and Rory. When Rory left the band I recommended my good friend, Boz Rivera to take his place. Matt and Boz playing together was an awesome thing to behold. They fed off of each other's musical abilities. With that, combined with Tony's songwriting, I was quite sure that the the next album to come out of this band was going to be something very special. To be a part of it, I'm sure, was going to be something I would have really been proud of. I am proud and grateful to have been lucky enough to have experienced the times that I did, playing, touring and just hanging out with Tony and to have had his friendship. I will Never Forget Tony Sly.
I just got back inside from smoking a cigarette on my deck in the backyard. While smoking the song "Invincible" played in my head. I started thinking about Tony Sly and how surprised and shocked I was, pretty much exactly 1 year ago, when I wanted to look up if NUFAN would tour around the south sometime in the near future and instead had to read that he's no longer with us. Ever since a girl back in high school introduced me to NUFAN Tony was a huge inspiration in my life and was present through his music wherever in this world I would go. I play a few instruments myself and would've had the chance at one point to pursue a professional career as musician but instead chose to follow my other dream and join the Army. There were numerous occations when Tony performed somewhere near me but I would always put it off, thinking there was going to be a better time later on. I now really regret that I never went to see him. I never knew him personally nor am I a die hard fan who knows all his favorite meals. Yet I still feel I'm able to catch some of his emotions and phases of his life through his music. In order not to rant on and on I would like to finish this short message by saying that he was a fantastic man who is missed more than most and that he'll live on through his music in all of us. And even though it's too late for him to get the message: Thank you Tony, you made life, at least for myself, better.