Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens Dies

One of my favorite bands, and, politically, Pat Dinizio was one of us.


13 Comments on Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens Dies

  1. Well this sucks.

    Jeannine: Surely you’ve heard Only A Memory or Behind the Wall of Sleep. If not, hit youtube and regret 25 years of not having them on a playlist.

  2. I was unfamiliar with him and his music. I watched his speech at your link. Now I wish I had known about him sooner, seems like a fantastic guy. Loosing a man like him is a deep loss to us all regardless if we knew him or not. RIP.

  3. I brought my 10 year old son to a Smithereeens concert in 2011, and Pat went out of his way to meet every fan, shake every hand and show his appreciation for his audience. You could tell, he was a good guy. My favorite moment was when the band did a cover version of Sparks from the Who’s Tommy.

    Another favorite is their cover version of One After 909. Condolences to Pat’s loved ones and band mates.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Pat DiNizio passing away. I really enjoyed their old school sound and they looked like everyday, working class guys. Apparently they were.

  5. The Smithereens, I wish I had heard of them before today. There’s a lot to keep track of. RIP Pat, it’s tough to lose someone on our side, even if you didn’t know him.

  6. Great band. Saw them a few times at the Coach House in Capistrano back in the 80’s and 90’s. They always put on a fantastic show. Pat had gotten so heavy in recent years I worried about him. Stay as skinny as you can for as long as you can. It’s the key to good health and longevity. RIP.

  7. Thanks for sharing, BFH. This is very sad, as he was too young to go. RIP, Pat. The Smithereens is one of my all-time favorite bands. I played and replayed “Especially For You” more times than I can count. I put the opening riff in “Strangers When We Meet” in my top-10 going back 50 years.

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