Tony Sly Dies at 41, No Use For a Name Singer

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If you are an fan of punk rock music, and familiar with bands like The Foo Fighters, Yellowcard, and Blink 182, you are probably familiar with the band called No Use For a Name, led by Tony Sly, who unfortunately died on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012..

Tony Sly joined No Use for a Name at the age of 18 years old (1989), a band that was originally formed in 1987 with guitar-player Chris Dodge, drummer Steve Papoutsis, drummer Rory Koff, and vocalist John Meyer (note: not John Mayer). A year later, No Use For a Name signed a recording contract with New Red Archives and released the albums: Incognito (1990) and Don't Miss the Train (1992).

In 2004, Tony Sly, along with Joey Cape (frontman of Lagwagon), released an acoustic punk album (appropriately titled "Acoustic"), and in 2008, Sly started releasing demos for his new musical path of acoustic folk punk. This kickstarted his solo career; however, still working with No Use For a Name at the same time. Even though Sly was concentrating more on his solo career.

To see Tony Sly performing with Joey Cope during their acoustic folk punk sessions, I have provided a video below of Sly, Cope, and Jon Snodgrass performing "Dumb Reminders."

On August 1st, 2012, Fat Wreck Chords (the label that released No Use For a Name's third and future albums) announced on their website that Tony Sly had died with this statement:

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.”

Various fans of Sly have left their condolences via Twitter:

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