Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THOMAS O'SHANICK DIED FEB. 20, 2014 BASS PLAYER FOR ULTIMATICS, OTHER AREA BANDS [Corrected 02/25/14]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THOMAS O'SHANICK DIED FEB. 20, 2014 BASS PLAYER FOR ULTIMATICS, OTHER AREA BANDS [Corrected 02/25/14]

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In recent days, Tommy Osh was excited to try to launch a new rock scene in a club about to open in Squirrel Hill next week.

The bassist had a lot of scene history to draw from, having been one of the fixtures in the Pittsburgh punk/glam scene of the '80s and '90s at the Decade and the Electric Banana.

He was hoping to bring back that vibe to 2014 at the new Squirrel Hill Sports Bar and had been reaching out to old friends and media throughout the week. On Thursday morning, the 47-year-old, whose real name was Thomas O'Shanick, was killed in a two-car crash on the South Side.

"More often than not, Tommy Osh was the loudest most ludicrous guy in the room," said Ed Masley, musician and former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rock critic. "And this is in rooms full of really loud, totally ludicrous people. But he had this inner core of sweetness and he wasn't shy about letting that show either. If you came up through the Oakland scene when I did, Osh was a huge, undeniably lovable part of your extended dysfunctional family."

Mr. O'Shanick grew up in South Oakland and graduated from Central Catholic in the early '80s with his sights set on the rock scene. He and his best friends -- including Angelo Amantea and Dave Sestilli - - knew the doorman at the Decade, which they would pass on the way to school, and would sneak in to see bands like the Iron City Houserockers and Norm Nardini and the Tigers.

"Norman coming out with whipped cream on his face and a dress on, that's where it started for us. The debauchery of it," he once told the Post-Gazette.

"He was a rock 'n' roll kid," Mr. Nardini said. "He was really as a kid who grew upon rock 'n' roll. Tommy's look was imposing, but as soon as you talked to him, he gave you respect. Just a cool guy. Nothing negative about Tommy."

Sparked by Mr. Nardini's antics, what came next for Mr. …

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