I did not know Josh Burdette personally, but I can’t remember going to the 9:30 Club for a show and *not* seeing him. By all accounts, he was a genuinely good guy, and it won’t be the same going to rock out and not having his huge presence around the place. I have a really distinct memory of going to some show or other, and seeing Josh out front keeping an eye on the crowd, wearing a t-shirt that said UNEMPLOYABLE across the front. It made me smile to see a guy who was obviously so comfortable in his own tattooed and pierced skin.
Those that knew him personally, worked with him, hung out with him, will feel this loss much more deeply than I can. But there’s power and respect in mourning the passing of those who were periodic fixtures in our lives, even if we only knew them in the most superficial of ways.
Rest in peace, Josh. DC Rock City won’t forget you anytime soon.