BILLY RUANE passed away one year ago today. Thinking back to this week in 2010 brings back many emotions -- hearing the news via phone call from my editor while in the South End, thinking about my own (somewhat limited) interactions with him, and frantically compiling the seemingly never-ending tributes, reflections and recollections from patrons of the Boston rock scene, near and far, those a part of it for three seconds, 30 years, or some time in between.
The lineup for next Wednesday's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash has been finalized, and it's incredible -- more than 30 performers and presenters will come together on Nov. 17 across two venues in Central Square. Seeing how the Middle East's live music chapter was launched by Ruane after his party at T.
From the Middle East: a wake will be held for Billy Ruane on Saturday, October 30 from 4 to 8 pm at the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral Home, 140 Otis Street in Cambridge.
A reception will follow at the Middle East from 8 to 10 pm.
Donations in Billy's name can be made to the Mark Sandman Music Project Fundraising Page
NEW: DETAILS: BILLY RUANE'S WAKE TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY IN CAMBRIDGE
Anyone who’s spent any significant time around the Boston music scene
probably has scores of memories of Billy Ruane — all of them vivid.
Before I knew who he was, I seemed to spot him everywhere.
Sitting in the old Central Square Cinema at a screening of Who’ll Stop the
Rain, smelling of booze and cursing out Tuesday Weld’s character, muttering
under his breath, “Stupid bitch,” as she unwittingly sold out Nick Nolte.