Rick D RIP

April 7, 2007 at 11:10 pm 2 comments

rick d behind the bar

Photo from Philadelphia City Paper’s First Look at Tritone

I’m shocked to even type this. Just found out through Paul Dellevigne that Rick D co-owner of Tritone passed away from a heart attack just a few hours ago.

I’ve known Rick D for over a decade, first as a music journo, back when he booked The Firenze, JC Dobbs, and Upstairs at Nick’s. He was an early supporter and adopter of all kinds of punk bands, most famously booking Green Day at Dobbs pre-Dookie. He also ran a label called Black Hole and was in a band called the Newbyles. He probably has a history pre-bar scene, but someone older and wiser than me should fill in the gaps.

As a promoter, he’s been a big supporter of all of my endeavors: Plain Parade, Sugar Town, etc.

He had a big punk rock heart, a great sense of humor, and a love of all genres of music. He wore a leather vest like no one else. Some of my fave Rick D sayings: “They call it Drag City cause it’s a draaaaaaaaaaag.” “If you wanna make money get a day job.” “That band can’t even draw a picture in this town.”

This is a loss for me and an even bigger loss for the Philadelphia music scene. Truly the end of an era. A plate of pierogies and a special will never be the same.

I’m sorry if this sounds cheesy. I really don’t know what else to say.

If anyone has any memories or info they want to leave in the comments, fire away. Or if you prefer: sarasherrATgmailDOTcom

UPDATE: A tribute from Punky Mama

Entry filed under: Music, Philadelphia, Rick D, Someone More Interesting Than Me, Sugar Town, They Served, WTF.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andy  |  April 7, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    RIP Rick.

    You’ll be missed ~~~~~

  • 2. scottparker  |  April 13, 2007 at 3:30 am

    this is Scott Parker,

    Long time close friend with rick and off and on employee over the years at various venues he’s booked as a sound engineer or doorman. also ex-Thorazine bass player.

    I’m going to try to put together a not-for-profit memorial CD project together in honor of Rick, if you’d like to lend me a helping hand or were a band close to Rick and would like to participate on it, please conact me at scottparker@comcast.net

    He was like a big brother to me over these last two decades, we were just back in close touch with each other as he was going to revamp and beef up the sound system at tritone and have me working sound again for him since I’ve progressed far enough with my physical disabilities to attempt working part time again and I think that a small part of the reason he decided to do this was simply to help me out as he was so happy to see how hard I’ve worked on my physical problems these last few years as he had lost many friends to either “giving up” or dying and it was so enheartening to see that it didn’t alway need to be the case…

    I’m happy that I was able to at least spend alot of quality time with him these last two months or so reliving past memories and whatnot and makiing all these cool grand plans for the future, he was in a really happy place with the world again. which makes this happening so shocking and hard to deal with how damn unfair it is that he was taken from us but he will always, always be family to me and I’ll try to honor him as best I can to continue to work and push myself to recover and get on my feet and work again as that’s what I know he wanted for me…

    I was just going to invite him and sarah over to dinner at my house so he could see stacey again [as she’s been really sick herself dealing with cancer and hadn’t been able to get out much at all either, she’s kicked it’s ass all over the place thankfully] and so he could finally meet our little daughter Julia Rose for the first time. now he’ll never get that chance, but I’m going to tell little Julia all about her “uncle rick” over the years [some only when she gets older, hehe] so that his memory will continue on as long as possible.

    I already miss you terribly rick, but you’ll alway be with me through all that we’ve helped each other out with and been through over these years.

    thank you,


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