Published Aug 01, 2012Tony Sly, frontman for No Use for a Name and one of the lynchpins of the '90s pop punk boom, passed away earlier today (August 1). He was 41 years old.
The cause of death has yet to be revealed, but NOFX leader Fat Mike, who issued a number of NUFAN and Sly's solo records through his Fat Wreck Chords imprint, confirmed that the label had got a call about Sly's death earlier this morning.
"One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon," he wrote. "Tony, you will be greatly missed."
No Use for a Name formed in 1987, with Sly joining on lead vocals and guitar in 1989. Starting with 1990's Incognito, the band issued nine studio albums' worth of highly melodic punk rock, with highlights including 1995's Leche Con Carne. No Use for a Name's last LP was 2008's The Feel Good Record of the Year, though the band were reportedly working on a new album.
Sly also maintained an acoustic-based solo career and issued Acoustic Volume Two, his second split LP with Lagwagon singer Joey Cape, earlier this year through Fat Wreck Chords. The pair wrapped up a North American tour last month.
"With the heaviest of hearts. Saddest of days. All of our thoughts are with Tonys family," Lagwagon posted on their Facebook.
No Use for a Name were scheduled to play the Festival Envol et Macadam in Quebec on September 8. The band have yet to comment on the tragic news.