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Fat Mike to Release Tony Sly Tribute Record

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Photo courtesy of TonySly.org

Fat Wreck Chords label head and NOFX front man Fat Mike announced today that he is planning a tribute album for No Use for a Name singer/guitarist and San Jose local Tony Sly, who died unexpectedly last year.

In a blog post today on the Fat Wreck Chords website, Fat Mike wrote that punk acts Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Dropkick Murphys, Rise Against, NOFX, Frank Turner, Pennywise, Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls and about 20 more bands are involved with the project:

Tony was a fucking amazing songwriter and one of my dearest friends. His death was traumatic. Horrible. I’ve had friends die, but this was different. Tony wasn’t finished.

I’ve been putting together this tribute comp for some time. It’s incredible how many bands have called me wanting to be on it. It’s been my absolute privilege to put this together. What I wanted to show on this record is how amazing Tony’s songs are. You can tell a song is great when it can be done in any style and it’s still great. That’s what this comp is about. All the bands are doing No Use for a Name songs or Tony Sly songs with their own take. It’s a real tribute to his songwriting.

I wanted to make a comp that Tony would be so proud of. These bands were his closest friends and his favorite bands. I thank all of them for stepping up and showing their love and respect to Tony and his family. It’ll come out in a few months and we’re gonna have a fucking crazy party when it does. You’re all invited to do the same.

Sly was 41 years old when he died on July 31 last year. No cause of death was released.

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Matt Crawford is content director for Boulevards New Media, Inc. and Metro Newspaper and managing editor of SF Station. Follow him @Metro_Matt.

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