Bassist had been part
of the hard rock kingpins since 1974.
By Blurt Staff
Hard rock fans today (Jan. 7) received sad news of the
passing of Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore at the age of 57, from lung cancer. Kennemore,
along with guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti, had been the group’s constants
since 1974 when the band was still known as Yesterday and Today. They switched
to the Y&T name in 1980 and notched huge success by the mid ‘80s with the
release of In Rock We Trust, going on
to have numerous other hits and becoming an MTV staple during the hard rock and
hair metal years.
Meniketti posted at his blog today a lengthy tribute to his
longtime bandmate, who’d stuck with him through assorted lineup changes and
even a hiatus during the early to mid ‘90s. Wrote Meniketti, in part, “It is
with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37
years passed away this morning, January 7, 2011 at 1am at Stanford Hospital.
Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the
end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until
his final breath.
“He had an amazingly strong life force that has influenced
everyone who ever had the opportunity to be called a friend of his. I am
forever grateful for our lifelong friendship, that was always in place
throughout the worst and best of times. I will miss his sense of humor, his
amazing wit, but most of all I will always miss not seeing him to my left on
the stages I will play from this moment forward.”