I’m so devastated to hear that Howie Pyro, founding member of D-Generation passed away at age 61.
I first met Howie backstage at a Redd Kross concert in the early 1990s. He had this flaming red hair and I thought he was beautiful. Then a friend told me about this really cool band that was playing at Connections (Clifton, NJ) called D-Generation. That’s when I saw Howie again. We chatted briefly before the show. The band blew my mind! During the grunge era, which didn’t excite me much, D-Generation possessed that high energy of the punk rock days I caught the tail end of. I went to as many shows as I could. Then my Grandmother died, and D-Generation got me through the saddest, most depressing time of my life.
Howie Pyro also deejayed The Green Door Parties, held at Coney Island High on St. Mark’s Place in NYC, once a month if I remember correctly. I used to go with my dear friend Diane to hear Howie deejay, and we’d dance almost every song.
After D-Generation split up, I ran into Howie a few times at record shows. He was always great and happy to chat with a fan. The last time I saw him was when this picture was taken at the now defunct Vintage Vinyl a few years ago. I was following, on Facebook, Howie’s page and his struggle with liver complications. He seemed so upbeat and I really thought he was going to make it. Damn, 61 is way too young to go. We lost a great talent, a most gorgeous and stylish man, and massive record collector, who was also very kind and wicked cool. God speed, Howie Pyro, you will be so missed. I am shocked and so saddened. My condolences to all his family, friends, and fans. This is a hard one.
Here is a link to an article put out by Rolling Stone about Howie Pyro: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/howie-pyro-dgeneration-dead-obit-1343029/?fbclid=IwAR2KTTIw-NceAD1_yaYMNnebFO4vWXQd-fBumyHK_OROLOwVnq1Biyc1E1M