Was listening to the radio today and “Blood and Roses” by the Smithereens came on. Man, did that sound fantastic, and even better once I cranked it up (sorry, neighbours). The Smithereens were BY FAR the loudest show I ever saw — their backline is fully cranked Marshall half-stacks and my ears were ringing after the show, but it was such a good time, and afterwards Pat and Jim both gave me some guitar picks and I was able to chat with them for a while. Pat Dinizio was an incredible songwriter, able to write about darker subjects and still make the songs fresh and more often than not joyful. He is sincerely missed. One of the greats.