Tony West: A Tribute to Todd Youth
Todd Youth passed away on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. It breaks my heart to write something like this, but I have to. Todd and I had a deep connection, and I’ve always had such a high level of respect for him because I grew up watching him play.
When I was a young teen in New York, Todd Youth was on my radar. Then in 2000–2001, we got to know each other personally.
Over the years, I found that Todd and I were a lot in common. We were both notorious for being controversial, colorful characters. Growing up in the public eye, it’s as if our names take on a different persona than who we actually are, but we’re good dudes with good hearts.
Todd was smart, kind, and a genuinely good person. He loved his 3 daughters very much, and was spiritually devout. We went to the temple together many times, and it was always a beautiful experience.
Of course, we argued and he drove me nuts, but that’s what friends do. He was like a brother to me. No matter what, we were always there for each other when it mattered most. We had many deep conversations about the pain we’ve experienced, and I’ll never forget those long talks.
We all have our moments, but Todd was a very humble dude. All that he’s done is incredible, but he managed to keep a level head on his shoulders.
Todd Youth as an Artist
Working with Todd professionally was always a great time. He wasn’t just a talented musician. He was also a true professional. I didn’t need to explain to him who any bands or artists were. When he mentioned a band, he already knew who I was talking about. Music was his passion.
The first song Todd and I wrote together was “Diggin 4 Gold”, a track off Blacklist Union’s third album, Til Death Do Us Part. The first three BLU albums were raw, as they were my outlet for dealing with loved ones’ deaths.
For the fourth album, Back to Momo, I wanted to do something fun and filled with life. Todd and I wrote that album together, and it was so easy. We both came in prepared, but it was also just the energy that came from us writing.
Todd was very proud of the record we did together. Our track “Rock N Roll Outlaw” is a Rose tattoo cover that Todd insisted we do since our names are both so infamous and notorious. The Back to Momo has been compared to Aerosmith’s Rocks as well as guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction, which is such an honor.
Because we both put our hearts into this album, I’m offering free downloads of that record until the end of 2018. It’s a great rock n’ roll album and we had fun writing it, so I want to make sure people hear it.
At 1 p.m. that Saturday October 27th, I found out Todd had passed. I am heartbroken and in utter shock. But I consider myself lucky. That night, Todd came to visit me in a dream, and we had one final conversation….
From what I remember, we were in folding chairs at a 12-step meeting, which wasn’t new for us. I asked him ‘‘why” he had to leave, and he said he just couldn’t take it anymore. Through forgiveness and more conversation that I couldn’t remember, I felt at peace. I dreamed a lot more that night, and felt his presence around me through all of it. I know that it was him reaching out through that dream, I said everything I had to say, and he did too.
That last conversation was incredible, but I’ll always remember the moments we shared before he passed.
Around the time we wrote our first song together, we were working and Todd said to me, “Dude I just got a call from Glen Campbell’s people.” They gave him an offer for the same time he was going to tour with Glenn Danzig, and he didn’t know which to choose. I just looked at him and said, “Rhinestone Cowboy all the way, dude.”
I love him and I’m going to miss him a lot. It’s something that I don’t want to accept. We’re spiritual beings who believe that something happens after, but he’s not on this plane with the rest of us now. My heart goes out to his three daughters, wife, friends and fans. Todd was iconic, and I am lucky to have known him.
I just know that he’s still with us in spirit, and he’s at peace.
For a FREE DOWNLOAD of Back to Momo, click here.
If you’re in New York, try to stop by Niagara on 7th St and Avenue A. Jesse Malin of D Generation owns it, and they’re having something for Todd Thursday night (November 8, 2018).