No Use For A Name Singer Tony Sly Dies Aged 41

Tony Sly, frontman of seminal punk band No Use For A Name, has died at the age of 41.

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Tony Sly, frontman of seminal punk band No Use For A Name, has died at the age of 41, reports.

The singer, who played a solo live show only last Sunday (July 29), was sadly reported to have passed away by his record label Fat Wreck Chords late last night (August 1). No cause of death has been named as yet.

Confirming the news in a statement, the punk label said: "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."

Sly joined No Use For A Name in 1989 when he was just 18 years old and went on to release a total of nine studio albums with the band. The group's last album came in 2008 with "The Feel Good Record Of The Year", while they also released a number of EPs and split singles across their career.

In recent years, Sly had also begun a solo career and had released two albums under his own name, 2010's "12 Song Program" and 2011's "Sad Bear". He also released two split acoustic albums with Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape.

A number of high profile musicians have paid tribute to Sly, including NOFX frontman Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett, who also runs Sly's longtime label Fat Wreck Chords. Speaking about Sly, Burkett said: "One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed."

Rise Against also offered their condolences, writing of Sly: "We are truly saddened to hear about the passing of our friend Tony Sly. He was an amazing song writer and an amazing person. RIP Tony Sly."

The Offspring also joined the tributes, saying of Sly: "So sad to hear of Tony Sly's passing. One of the nicest guys ever. Our thoughts are with his family & friends. He'll be greatly missed." Pop-punkers The Ataris also spoke highly of Sly, adding: "Tony Sly, you wrote some solid songs. When we were just starting out, you generously let us crash your hotel floor. Stay gold man. Godspeed."

Simple Plan singer Pierre Bouvier said: "Can't believe to hear Tony Sly passed away. Another one gone too soon. so sad. RIP Tony Sly. You will be missed."

Punk bands Face To Face and The Bouncing Souls also paid tribute to Sly, with Face To Face saying: "Terrible news today about Tony Sly passing away. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends" and The Bouncing Souls adding: "We're extremely sad to hear about the passing of Tony Sly. RIP brother. You will be missed".

Our prayers go out to Tony's family and friends.

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    R.I.P. Sad but bitter sweet. It brought back the memories of many moons ago when we used to make mix tapes with No use and others and just skate all day. Those days probably saved my life. Thanks for being a major part in that, Tony. No Use For Name.
    this came from no where. loved no use for a name. first heard them on the wapred tour 2005 comp and got hooked since. rip and prayers for the family.
    I was at the Warped Tour yesterday and a lot of the bands played a song for him and had a moment of silence, Yellowcard actually learned their song Chasing Rainbows right before they went on stage. It was a nice way to see him off. Rest in peace dude.
    How do people STILL not understand that "liking" an article about someone passing away is meant as a tribute to them? R.I.P. Tony Sly
    Very sad to hear. Sly was one of the most underrated songwriters to come out of the punk tradition. One of my favorite artists. He was far too young.
    No ****ing way. No Use For A Name helped get me back into punk/skate punk. Such a huge shock and massive loss. RIP Tony Sly
    iommi600 wrote: matt360 wrote: well now... i guess he has... no use for a name..... YEAAAAAHHHHH Dude...
    This world has no use for you... RIP Tony Sly, I really ****ing can't handle this news. Growing up as a skater metalhead/punk/all-in-all rebel, No Use for A Name brings back LOADS of memories. =[
    No, no no no no. Please tell me its april 1st! R.I.P dude, you were a true great.
    Fuck, i totally didn't see this coming. Loved his band and his solo material. R.I.P
    Way Cool JR.
    Never heard of him or the band before, but damn that's way to young to die. My regards to his fans,friends and family.
    Never heard of this guy, but it's always bad news when someone dies. I'll be sure to check him out, R.I.P.
    The first time I saw them play was during the Feel Good Record tour (my first of many punk shows), they played for something like 3 hours which is quite a ****ing long time for one punk band to play. I'll always remember this show for being one of the most fun and sweatiest show I've ever been to. RIP man.
    when i saw the word tony a shiver went down my very soul, but yea sad for punk fans..RIP
    I just hate it when great people die so young. I am a huge fan of all Fat Wreck Chords bands and Tony you will surely be missed!
    Ryan Domengeaux
    Never heard of him or the band but it always sucks to lose a singer. On a unrelated note (Kinda related) he looks like the comedian Bill Hicks XD
    Actually, sometimes a little humour is ok. It's no worse than posting 'I didn't know him but RIP anyway'. I'm sure Tony, like most people, had a sense of humour too.
    Yay for the people hitting "I like this" on an article called "No Use For A Name Singer Tony Sly Dies Aged 41".
    Didn't hear of them until last week, now this happens. A damn shame, he was a great singer and musician. Far too young.
    I've never heard this band before, but I'm really into punk and I'm going to go home and listen to his music now.