I was saddened to hear about the recent passing of Worcester’s Dave Cuneo, who played with Rick Blaze in The Ballbusters for several years. I hadn’t communicated with Dave for several years, but I recall his enthusiasm / passion for his music and the Ballbusters in particular, and that thought makes me smile. Yesterday I was reading though some letters that Dave had sent me around 1999 – 2002, during the making of the two Ballbuster albums, “Manhattan Babylon’ and “Peoples Republic Of Rock n Roll”, (both of which came out on my old label, Vicious Kitten Records). Dave’s passion for his music is clearly evident in his words – and he was as optimistic about the future success of The Ballbusters as I was. No, he may not have been a household name – but he was (and still is) in the circle that I moved in. He grew up in Harvard, Mass, and graduated from the Bromfield School in 1983 playing for many years with his two brothers. He played in many venues across Boston, Worcester, as well as shows with the Ballbusters in Europe. He had star potential, and in a just world – should have had more success and due than he got. As all of those Ballbuster guys (and gals) should have. Not only was he a great guitar player who had an amazing voice, he also played drums (go listen to The Disciples CD with Kevin K and Jeff Crane), and as my friend Kevin K reminded me today, “He was a really good songwriter”. This is evidenced by songs like ‘Born To Die’, ‘Little Gypsy’, ‘That City’ or ‘Slipping Away’, the ballsy opening track on the ‘People’s Republic’ album. He released two solo albums (that I know of), “On The Streets Again” and “You’re Not Around Anymore” and both emphasise his musical talent and penchant for melody. He created great, original rock ‘n’ roll that still sounds great today – as it will in another twenty years. Rest in peace Dave. You won’t be forgotten.