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Tony Sly (1970 – 2012)

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No Use for a Name wasn’t just a band to me. They were MY band. I felt connected to them. When I was young, I spent hours on their message board connecting with other No Use fans. We were a strange community to say the least, but we were all bonded by our love and passion for the band. Tony Sly might have claimed to not be a saviour but he certainly was ours.

The first time I saw No Use for a Name was in 2000 at the Opera House with Mad Caddies and Consumed. I had been obsessively listening to them for two straight years and I was ready to lose my mind that night. At 16 years old, this was my first “real” concert in the city. Within fifteen seconds of NUFAN taking the stage I had already been knocked to the ground by the mosh pit. A couple people pushed the crowd back and picked me up and I don’t think I left the pit the rest of the night. It was the first time I felt like I belonged somewhere. It was an amazing feeling and it is one I have been chasing ever since. While I may have strayed from NUFAN and no longer listened to them as frequently as I once did, I still throw on “Leche Con Carne”, “Making Friends” and “More Betterness!” when I am feeling nostalgic. No Use for a Name was the start of my musical awakening and I am truly devastated by the loss of Tony Sly.

My deepest condolences go out to Tony’s wife and two daughters. Please know that Tony leaves behind an incredible legacy and a community that will be there for you. Tony touched thousands of lives and we are forever grateful for the gifts he bestowed on us.

Rest in Peace Tony.

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Written by whenitringswillyouanswer

August 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

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