Pat Dinizio (1955-2017)
Today we mourn the loss of Pat Dinizio, lead singer of The Smithereens. We were a young New Jersey band, and The Smithereens were our mentors-– they blazed the trail for bands like us and achieved success, but most important of all was the quality and intensity of their music that we hoped to emulate. Our lives have been intertwined with theirs ever since. Early on, we performed at drummer Dennis Diken’s wedding. We did a few songs and turned it over to The Smithereens, who used our backline. We really didn’t know Pat very well at that time, and were a little in awe of him. We were a bit shocked when, in one sweeping hand motion, Pat turned all the dials of Rick’s amp to ’11’! Kristin and Kurt met at a Smithereens show in NYC, which led not only to their marriage but Kristin joining The Grip Weeds. Kurt produced a number of Smithereens albums including Meet The Smithereens, Live In Concert and The Smithereens Play Tommy. And just last year, Pat turned to The Grip Weeds when he needed a backing band for some solo shows. It was our pleasure to work with him, interpreting those undeniably great Smithereens songs he wrote that had become part of the soundtrack of our lives. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to Pat’s family, friends and his fellow Smithereens. With love, The Grip Weeds (Kurt, Rick, Kristin and Dave)
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