I was saddened to hear the news on Monday, July 18th, regarding the passing of Mike Fritz. I first ran into Fritz at a Dead 50’s show over 10 years ago. He was up front, saw my camera and gave up his spot, so I could sneak in for some photos.
Since then I’ve seen Fritz at many shows. He was a true supporter of local original music. I knew during the 5-year span of our Twisted Tuesdays, if Fritz showed up, I did my job on putting together a great show. He loved the Dead 50’s but also appreciated all forms of original music.
The last time I saw him was in May during the HARD Fundraiser at Gullifty’s. He was dancing a good part of the night and having a great time, as he always did. I now feel honored in having a cigarette with him between bands that night. We talked about past shows and he gave me some ideas of future shows he would like to see.
I kinda feel obligated now to put on a show, in the memory of Fritz. Although not a musician himself, Fritz was a true supporter of local music. If Fritz showed up for your gig, you should feel honored that your music touched his eardrums. He wasn’t picky, but knew a good sound when he heard it.
They say everything happens for a reason, but I’m not sure about this one. However, I do know the next time I see Fritz, there will be a cold PBR and a shot a Jager waiting for me.
Please join me by posting a comment in memory and honor of a great guy, Mike Fritz.
Thank you – BigJim
Photo used courtesy of Danette BartholomewIn Memory of Mike Fritz,