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« on: August 07, 2019, 03:44:07 PM »

Just saw this on Brian's facebook page....
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 03:46:14 PM »

Oh, no....

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 03:55:52 PM »

Just found out,...sh*t
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 04:05:13 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 04:11:23 PM »

Oh no that is terrible.

Thank you so much for the amazing shows.

My condolences to his family, friends and all the band past and present.

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2019, 04:12:42 PM »

I am so sorry to hear this. While I never met Nicky, he seemed like such a great guy. Rest in Peace, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and bandmates.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2019, 04:13:29 PM »

I’m shocked. Sad day indeed.
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2019, 04:25:35 PM »

Met Nicky once, damn he was nice, he made that band so freakin cool. I’m in Rochester, NY, not going to tonight’s show in Lewiston NY, but I’ll be at Friday’s Show. Gonna be a sad one.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019, 04:45:27 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019, 05:18:56 PM »

Sending prayers for his family and friends. What an incredible talent and he will be missed badly. I hope Brian and the band are doing okay Sad
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2019, 05:21:52 PM »

I'm at a loss right now. He was extremely nice to my family when we saw Brian the  last time...I get off work in 2 hours and am dreading telling my daughter. Doesn't feel or seem right at all.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2019, 05:35:59 PM »

such sad and shocking news, and what awful timing.

Nicky had so much style and charisma on stage and the chops to back it all up, a perfect supporting musician.
I spoke to him briefly in Ann Arbor on Brian's first little tour with The Wondermints back in '99.

he was obviously a huge fan, at least as obsessed as I was, and you could tell how excited and honored he was to play with Brian.
I remember asking if he'd suggest playing Busy Doin Nothin to Brian and he lit up and said something like, "That would be so cool!"

sure enough, the band was playing it within a few years along with so many other great songs we never thought we'd hear Brian perform.
I know Nicky had a lot to do with helping make Brian feel comfortable and confident in general and also in some of his deeper cuts, including SMiLE and so much more.

thank you Nicky. I always enjoyed what you brought to the band and I hope you're jamming with Carl and Dennis right about now.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2019, 05:57:59 PM »

Wow, how sad. I looked up his age and he was only 59. I never met him but I've seen the band a few times, and he was obviously integral. I still remember that scene in Beautiful Dreamer where Brian makes him do "You're under arrest" repeatedly. Condolences to all his friends and family.
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2019, 06:42:40 PM »

such sad and shocking news, and what awful timing.

Nicky had so much style and charisma on stage and the chops to back it all up, a perfect supporting musician.
I spoke to him briefly in Ann Arbor on Brian's first little tour with The Wondermints back in '99.

he was obviously a huge fan, at least as obsessed as I was, and you could tell how excited and honored he was to play with Brian.
I remember asking if he'd suggest playing Busy Doin Nothin to Brian and he lit up and said something like, "That would be so cool!"

sure enough, the band was playing it within a few years along with so many other great songs we never thought we'd hear Brian perform.
I know Nicky had a lot to do with helping make Brian feel comfortable and confident in general and also in some of his deeper cuts, including SMiLE and so much more.

thank you Nicky. I always enjoyed what you brought to the band and I hope you're jamming with Carl and Dennis right about now.
Great tribute indeed, Bossaroo that echo my thoughts completely. How sad for Brian and the band and Nicky's family. So very sad and condolences for everyone. Cry
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2019, 06:58:04 PM »

This is a sad, sad loss. His own music was freakin' amazing, too.
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2019, 07:00:37 PM »

My favorite Nicky Wonder memory will always be him waving the Jolly Roger flag during the transition between On a Holiday and Wind Chimes in the Smile concerts.
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2019, 07:06:13 PM »

Damn. That is insane. RIP.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2019, 08:05:25 PM »

This is so sad. Anyone have any details as to the cause of death?
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2019, 08:18:23 PM »

Gosh. I'm absolutely heartbroken. And it's just so sad, as Brian's group is (and has been) full of such lovely people. What a shame.

Rest in peace, Nick.
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2019, 08:35:29 PM »

So shocked and sad.  Nicky was a great guitar player but what I loved most was how much he loved the music and the way he was around Brian.  It seems like he continued to get a thrill from playing this music with Brian, even after doing it for many years. 

Condolences to his family, and I hope it gives them some comfort to know that Nicky gave us so much happiness by helping to bring this amazing music to life with Brian’s band.   
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2019, 09:15:15 PM »

https://youtu.be/WBXE2tssCLU

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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2019, 09:19:57 PM »

Doesn’t feel real. He was such a nice man; from just a brief interaction I could tell especially the way he was with Jaymie. I’m still trying to process this and I have no words to express what I want to say
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2019, 10:10:52 PM »

This sucks.
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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2019, 01:01:05 AM »

Oh man, how sad.  He was my favorite part of the backing band.  He brought a real distinct and authentic style, and skillfully walked that fine line between making you notice him and making sure it wasn't all about him. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2019, 01:24:18 AM »

I’m in shock.  I’m all set to see Brian on Friday and was very much looking forward to seeing the great Nicky Wonder.  I will always remember Harrisburg, PA July 2000.  I was with my buddies and we weren’t sure where we were going.  I saw a guy with a Pet Sounds press pass on and asked him, “hey man, do you know where the show is?”.  He replied, “yeah, I’m the guitar player”.  We talked a bit as we walked and he could tell how much of a fan I was.  When we got to the venue he said, “wait here”.  A couple minutes later he appeared and said “I have good news and bad news....the good news is I got 4 back stage passes, the bad news is only 1 is signed by Brian”.  I was flipping out!  I literally ran to a CVS to buy a disposable camera and ran back.  I was drenched in sweat and we barely made the 8:00 start.  We had front row seats and backstage passes, what a night.  I’m now an elementary music teacher and tell this story each year when I teach about Brian and the boys.  I still have the pics and the autographs.  As I walked out on cloud nine, I accidentally knocked over Brian’s Diet Coke and it spilled everywhere!

Fast forward to summer 2013 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.  Awesome show.  Afterwards my Dad and I leave our hotel room around midnight to do a little gambling.  Who do we run into?  Nicky Wonder!  He’s got his post show meal and he’s by himself.  I go up to him and say, “excuse me, but I have to tell you, great show tonight...and one more thing, you did a really nice thing for me 13 years ago, you got me to meet Brian and I just wanted to say thanks!”.  He said he remembered, but of course I think he was just being nice.  The really weird thing is I had a premonition days before the show that I would meet Nicky and thank him for 2000.  Anyways, his act of kindness will stay with me always.  Brian’s late career renaissance is directly due to Nicky and the Wondermints.  RIP Nicky!!
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