New Jersey’s The Smithereens were a pivotal alternative rock band in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The hits “Blood & Roses” and “Only A Memory” were lynchpin tracks that bridged the synth-laden sounds on the early 80’s and the grittier sounds of the 90’s.
With a head full of garage rock dreams, the band never strayed away from catchy tunes that felt intimate and arena worthy at the same time.
On Monday, the band’s leader and front man Pat DiNizio passed away at 62 years old. The horrible news was confirmed by the band on their Facebook page.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band.
Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.
DiNizio had battled health issues over the years yet no specific cause of death has been released as of post time.
The Smithereens and DiNizio in particular are situation that flexed influence all over artists that went on to fill arenas and stadiums.
Nirvana’s Curt Cobain cited them as an influence as did many others.
The band was true alt-rock treasures and our thoughts and prayers are with DiNizio’s family, friends and bandmates.