• Pat DiNizio

  • Remembering Pat DiNizio

    Since Pat’s untimely death on Dec. 12, 2017 there have been an outpouring of articles about him from the likes of the press such as Rolling Stone, the NY Times, Variety, USA Today, NJ Arts, and Asbury Park Press to fellow musicians including Smithereens producer Don Dixon. Here’s a collection of some of these stories.

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  • Pat DiNizio obituary

    Patrick M. DiNizio “Pat” (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) Patrick M. DiNizio, 62, of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away on December 12, 2017. For the past 37 years, Pat was the principal songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist for the platinum recording artists The Smithereens.

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  • Jim Babjak radio interviews

    Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak spoke with several radio stations in the New Jersey/New York area over the past few days, remembering his friend and bandmate, the late Pat DiNizio.

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  • NPR’s Fresh Air interview with Pat DiNizio

    NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross paid tribute to Pat DiNizio on her show Fresh Air by rebroadcasting a 1988 interview with Pat where he talks about songwriting and songs from the Smithereens classic second album “Green Thoughts”. Take a listen to the interview.

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  • A statement from Jim, Dennis & Mike

    Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together.

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  • Pat DiNizio passes away

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band. Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.

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  • Pat DiNizio plays Scotch Plains summer concert

    Come see Pat DiNizio and friends play in his hometown of Scotch Plains NJ on Thursday August 31 as part of the Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series. Pat will be accompanied by the Scotch Plainsmen as well as the Spyderz for an expanded lineup. Hear all your favorite Smithereens songs, plus some golden great oldies!

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  • New year’s eve with Pat DiNizio

    Ring in the new year with Pat DiNizio and the Scotch Plainsmen at Boxcar Bar and Grill in Short Hills NJ. There is no cover charge and no reservations are necessary. Show starts at 9pm. What could be a better way to usher in 2017? Happy New Year!

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  • Pat DiNizio at the Crossroads in June

    The Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio returns to Crossroads every Wednesday night in the month of June. Pat and the Scotch Plainsmen will be playing a series of tribute shows each week, ranging from the music of Buddy Holly to Led Zeppelin. Come on out to Crossroads in Garwood NJ for these special shows!

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  • Pat DiNizio named one of the greatest New Jersey singers ever

    The Asbury Park Press has named “The 12 greatest New Jersey singers ever” and Smithereens lead singer Pat DiNizio has made the list, along with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Tony Bennett and Frank Valli.

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