Tony Sly, vocalist for San Jose, California punk band No Use For A Name, has died this week from unknown causes, his record label Fat Wreck Chords said today. The incredibly popular singer passed away on July 31 at the age of 41. Fat Wreck Chords founder (and NOFX singer) Fat Mike released the following statement on Wednesday: “One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
No Use For A Name bassist Matt Riddle took to Facebook so fans could be informed before internet rumours could take hold. He said: “i've learned over the years there's really no right way to talk about this stuff. i was kind of hoping it wouldn't get out so fast for his family's sake but it's a little late for that now. i see that this news has gotten around pretty fast. so i wanted to tell you all personally that this morning i found out that yesterday tony passed away. i'm not sure of all the details yet, and i don't think that's really important. what's important is i lost a great friend and you lost a great songwriter. i've been playing with him for 15 years? 16? i haven't processed it yet. i've been on the phone all day with friends and family. i'm not looking forward to it sinking in. i'm worried sick for his wife and kids. i knew tony very well and he would definitely want to thank you for all the love and support for both no use and his solo career. if this doesn't sound like a professional statement, it's because it's not. it's just me venting and i wanted to let you guys know personally.”
Sunday, July 29 was the last day of a Sly solo tour with Lagwagon’s Joey Cape and plans were underway for a September No Use For A Name show in Quebec. Along with No Use For A Name, Sly was known for his acoustic punk solo career.