Of everything I have ever written, this is likely to be among the most meaningful to me. In early January, we said good-bye to Dave Franklin of Vision, aka DaVish, a guy who welcomed me deeper into New Jersey punk/hardcore 20 years ago, as he did for so many over the years that I now count as friends.
On Sunday, April 2, we will celebrate Dave's life and character in the best way we know how - with a raucous hardcore show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. I'll be the first to admit that it will be an emotional day.
That said, I am honored to have be given the opportunity to write this piece for The Aquarian on the Doing It For Dave show and weave in some of the many stories of our brother. Thanks to Pete Tabbot and Derek Rinaldi who gave me some gold, and photos that span decades from "The Pope," himself, Ken Salerno. You can find the hard copy of the Aquarian at your favorite convenience store. I'll be saving this issue.
We miss you, Dave.