No longer will you see Rick Blaze walking down Avenue A, or at CBGB’S or any place in NYC’s Lower East Side. You see Rick Blaze left us this week and the world of rock n roll is a lesser place because of it. He lived and breathed the rock n roll life and cut some great records. He figured greatly in the lives of me and my brother, and I was saddened to hear of his passing this week. The thing which made Rick Blaze stand out from the rest was his voice. It was clear and cutting, much like Bon’s or Kevin K’s. The first time you hear it, it jolts you and you think ‘man that guy’s got a great rock n roll voice’. Which he did. He also had a great knack of writing very catchy rock melodies. I’ll never forget the first time I heard his tune Rockin In New York City, around 1996. It floored me. I remember saying to my brother that if we one day start a record label we should have Rick Blaze on the label – which we did; releasing two album’s worth of fiery, gutter-guitar fury. Rock n roll can chew you up and spit you out and for most it is unjust. However like Bator and Thunders, the rich gathering of recorded material Rick Blaze leaves behind is indeed priceless. Rest in peace brother.