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Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) passes

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Kevin Wolfe

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    Hate to hear it. They were an influence to me in the 80's for sure. Great band.
     
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    Sorry to hear it. Great band. I about wore Smithereens 11 out.
     
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    I only know a handful of their biggest tunes, but those songs I love. When I was in a band, the other guitarist almost always sound checked the opening to "A Girl Like You" and it always sounded so cool.

    I always assumed they were British; a few years ago I was surprised to learn they were American (Jersey).

    RIP Pat.
     
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    So sad. Love Pat and the band. One of the best of the 80's.

     
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    Great band, cool guy. Sad that he had to suffer at all in his last days.
     
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    Sad to hear.

    I most liked the tunes "Beauty and Sadness" (liked the Byrds style on guitar) and I found "Only a Memory" very catchy.
     
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    That is a drag of epic proportions. Those guys toured so much, I feel like every rocker has shared a bill with them or knew them along the way. I remember a show we did in Charleston, SC- a big 10 band radio station show where we were on the bottom the bill, playing at Noon to 400 people in a space for 5,000. We were on before Edwin McCain, Superdrag, Sloan, Molly Hatchett a few other 90s alternative bands and the headliners were the Smithereens, the Village People and the B-52s. Man, I'm telling you, the Smithereens smoked the place. It was definitely not the height of their popularity, but they just destroyed the place. Pat was such a nice, normal dude.
     
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    I hear you! Even among their contemporaries, bands like the ones you mentioned really stood out in the era of MTV bands. No hair gel- Pat never had much hair to mousse- no spandex pants, no dance moves- just 4 meat-eating Jersey guys with Rickenbackers and leather jackets.
     
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    Aw Crap. Far to young to go so soon.

    Loved that band. I loved the massive tone of their songs like Girl Like You and Blood And Roses.
     
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    This sucks.

    I got to meet Pat in the early 00's. At the RRHOF.

    Guitar Center was having the gran national finals of their guitar competition there. The capper for the night was a concert by The Smithereens. I wasn't going, for whatever reason. But I had a friend who was a corporate muckety schmoo for GC. He called me about 7pm and said "can you come to the rock hall and bring your tool box? There was a guy working on Pat's tele and he totally ****ed it up." They were supposed to play at 9.

    I ran down there, got backstage, and found Pat's yellow tele pretty much completely disassembled. I soldered, screwed, strung, and set it up, and the show went on. I met Pat for all of fourteen seconds. Lol. He called me a lifesaver, gave me a hug, and that was that.

    One of many personal rock and roll moments I treasure. Green Thoughts always takes me back to a particular time and a particular girlfriend. He will be sorely missed.
     
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    Great story!
    Heroism and hugs!
    Yes!
     
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    RIP Pat.Couple of faves





     
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    Oh wow...that's really sad news. I remember hearing Especially For You when it came out and loving their sound.
     
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    RIP Pat.
    Thanx for the Memories :(
    They were great on stage.
     
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    Me too. Rick through a dimed Marshall? AWESOME.

    I loved the Smithereens. I saw them in 1990 in a small theater on the campus of East Tennessee State University. I was 17 and deep in to guitar (and was there with most of my bandmates).

    Loved it, loved them. Sad to hear of Pat's passing.

    One of my favs. Remember seeing this video on MTV:

     
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    Man, I just remembered how many memories I have tied to them.

    Cut Flowers just reminded me of how it resonated with me about the death of a girl I was friends with when I was 16.

    My band in high school played Blues Before and After and Girl Like You.

    I remember driving home from Nashville with one of my best friends from high school listening to Green Thoughts. My car did not have a tape player so she just held this giant silver boombox (loaded with 8 D batteries) in her lap the whole 5 hour drive.

     
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    aw man...i have them on my list of must see bands...rip
     
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