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RIP, Howie Pyro, age 61

Published May 5, 2022 by Maryanne
With Howie Pyro, Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ, a few years ago

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:

Youngsters Do Vinyl

Published June 30, 2019 by Maryanne

SinglesMy tattoo of the 45 rpm spindle

If I had a nickle for every middle-aged or old person who stopped me in the street and commented on my tattoo, “I bet young people don’t know what that is,” I’d have a hellavu lot of nickles. It’s almost as bad as people asking me, “How’s Gilligan?” whenever I say my name is Maryanne.

I’ve never been a fan of redundant comments, especially when they are incorrect.

Allow me to school MY generation (Generation X), and those who are slightly older (Baby Boomers)…


Yes, they do! This is not something I am making up. It’s a fact.

My husband and I are vinyl listeners and buy on a regular basis. We score records online, in record stores, and in antique/vintage shops. We always see young people buying vinyl. On Record Store Day there are more young people around to buy vinyl than older people. Young bands put out vinyl records. And they’ve been doing so for some time now.

Here’s a link to a recent article about the vinyl revival:

But I didn’t need an article to tell me that. In my line of work (writing/journalism/speaking) or even shopping for groceries, I chat with many young people who share their love for vinyl with me. Most of them get their vinyl/music passion from their cool parents. We’re living in a time where the generation gap is closer than ever. Kids are no longer at war with their parents. They bond. They do things together (especially going to concerts). So of course they share the same taste in music. That’s not surprising at all. Thanks to tribute bands, rock movies, radio stations that didn’t cave in to modern music yet, Sirius, You Tube, and many music stream stations, kids are exposed to the good stuff. Plus, there are so many bands around that emulate music from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Like all good things, you may have to dig for it, but it’s there.

Maybe 15 years ago young people disrespected parents, and older people in general. When I was in my late 30s and early 40s, I truly felt a gap from those 15, 10, and even seven years younger than me. It was uncomfortable and not fun. But young people today are the best younger generation ever. As a 50-something adult, I have to say I’ve never enjoyed talking to 20-somethings as much as I do now!

From those 30 and younger I’ve heard amazing things like:

“I’m sick of texting and considering giving up my phone.”

“Don’t underestimate me because I’m young. My parents have a record player in the basement.”

And in response to me sharing my story about oldsters commenting on my spindle tattoos, saying that young people don’t know what it is: “Of course I know what it is. How old do they thing my parents are?”

Young people checking out vinyl is also a matter of curiosity and exploration. During evolution, we have set backs, but life becomes full circle again. Young people have ears just like we do. They want to explore the sound on a record. Young people see a movie about Queen and they want more than what is just spoon-fed to them. Like it was when I was young, they want the records, they want the liner notes. It’s not just about Freddie Mercury and Queen’s greatest hits, they want to hear the deeper tracks.

For a very long time, we were experiencing a me-me-me generation. But that’s now a thing of the past too. In a month, I’ve had several young people ask me questions about my life, rather than just talk about themselves. This new generation is flipping the switch to something more positive and genuine. So why wouldn’t they listen to something more authentic like vinyl?

So, to all my middle-aged peers…

If you see someone cool in your age bracket with a 45-rpm spindle tattooed on them (and there are many — since I got mine in 1996, I’ve met at least three people with the same tattoo!) think twice before inserting foot in mouth…

  • I’m not dating myself. Young people know what a spindle is. And I predict within the next three years you’ll see young people getting spindle tattoos themselves.
  • Young people are COOL. Give them a chance and pay some attention to them!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at:

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing, and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: Ten Ways to Become Your Own Hero” will be available October 2019. To pre-order, go here:

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here:


D-Generation at Vintage Vinyl, July 29, 2016

Published July 30, 2016 by Maryanne


D-Generation – Original Line-up, left to right –  Jesse Malin, Richard Bacchus, Danny Sage, Howie Pyro, and Michael Wildwood

A super cool date night with my husband at Vintage Vinyl, getting the new D-Generation CD, “Nothing is Anywhere” which is off the hook, as I first heard a few tracks on The Glen Jones radio show and other WFMU programs.

They were supposed to play, but didn’t …

They are playing Irving Plaza tonight — GO! I would if I slept more than 4 hours per night for the past three nights. (We have a new cat who kept me up, plus I have a bunch of professional writing assignments and deadlines).

ENJOY the pictures — all original members! My favorite band in the 1990s when we got stuck with grunge and D-GEN shook us up again!  They were LIFE during a very sad time in my life … my grandmother was dying of diabetes and then she passed. During that entire time the music of D-Generation pulled me through and I will never forget those days. Thanks, guys!

I saw them LIVE more times than I can remember! I wrote about them in my first book “On the Guest List”

SAM_0789Howie Pyro, bass, and me

SAM_0794Jesse Malin, lead vocalist 

SAM_0798Richard Bacchus and Danny Sage 

Willie Nile, Vintage Vinyl, 4-1-16

Published April 2, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9814Willie Nile

It was awesome seeing Willie Nile give a free performance at Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ, promoting his new album, “World War Willie.”

Nile performed with two of his band mates, Johnny Pisano, on bass, and Matt Hogan on guitar.

SAM_9822From left, Matt Hogan, guitar; Willie Nile, guitar; Johnny Pisano, bass

So far, my favorite tracks on this album are “Beautiful You,” and “Trouble Down in Diamond Town.” He also wrote a cool tune, “When Levon Sings” dedicated to Levon Helms; and a super cool version of “Sweet Jane,” written by Lou Reed.

This was my third time seeing Nile perform. First was way back when, when I was 16, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, on a double bill with The Boomtown Rats. Second time was not too long ago at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair.

After the show, Willie and his band mates signed autographs for his fans. They were all so nice. Bassist Johnny Pisano complimented me on my outfit and commented on my husband’s Led Zeppelin shirt. Pisano was raving about his friend’s band Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl tribute band. I always love when musicians are fans too!

Willie was so cool and posed for several photographs with me. He was so grateful for all the support from the fans. I said he had great fans. It was refreshing to see so many people in my age bracket taking photographs with real cameras — not cell phones!

Guitarist Matt Hogan was great too and expressed how fortunate he was to be playing with Willie since he was a fan himself.

For more information on Willie Nile, visit his website:

SAM_9828Maryanne with Willie Nile

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist available on Amazon in paperback only:

Gary Numan at Vintage Vinyl, 10-28-13

Published October 28, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_2752Gary Numan (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Tonight was amazing!

I drove over to Vintage Vinyl around 5:30 in anticipation of Gary Numan’s in-store performance.

It was so cool, I waited outside (gorgeous NJ day) and met some very nice people. Gary Numan and his band performed for about 45 minutes, then his fans were able to meet him and get his autograph.

Most of the fun was waiting on line. I met three new girlfriends and we talked so much about music, music, music!

Then the magical moment of meeting music icon Gary Numan. He was so very nice.

A fun night had by all!

SAM_2767Gary Numan and me

SAM_2764Ran into my friend John!

SAM_2769With my new friends!

A Hank Snow Story

Published August 3, 2013 by Maryanne


Last night my husband and I were in Vintage Vinyl and I found a case with a TON of Hank Snow CDs — dirt cheap. I was wondering, “What is up with all these Hank Snow CDs?” figuring someone donating or a Vintage Vinyl worker went to a garage sale and found them.

In my vast music collection I had no Hank Snow, so I figured I’d pick up one. They were only $1.99 each. I got one with three songs I love: “Movin’ On,” “Now and Then, There’s a Fool Such As I” and “I’ve been Everywhere.”

I got to the register and the cashier said, “We have a lot of Hank Snow!”

I said, “Yeah, what’s up with that?”

She said that a Hank Snow fan passed away and his family donated the CDs.

She also added that the man was such a fan that he was buried wearing a suit, previously owned by Hank Snow!

I thought that was the coolest, wildest thing! (As my late grandmother was buried wearing her Elvis Presley watch!)

Doors Legend John Densmore at Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ

Published April 24, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0650John Densmore

Over 600 fans waited outside Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey to meet John Densmore, legendary drummer of the Doors who was there promoting his new book, “The Doors: Unhinged.”

When I got my book signed, Densmore took the time to compliment me on my jacket before he signed my book. “Wow, that’s a great jacket!” he said.

I told him, “It’s an honor to meet you!” and shook his hand.

There’s a limited run on the books, 2500 only. I’m number 662!

I started reading the book last night and it’s super good. He illustrates the finer side of Jim Morrison, the genius that he was, rather than how he was known as a drunk. Also how Jim didn’t want his music used in commercials as a sell-out, he wasn’t in it just for the money. Good stuff and I can’t wait to read more.

SAM_0647My very good friend Johnny and I

(Look at all those CDs and records!)

Note that we didn’t plan this — it was just spur of the moment fun!