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Y and T Guitarist Joey Alves Passes Away at 63

Joey Alves on stage with Phil Kennemore- Photo credit Warren Rachele
Joey Alves on stage with Phil Kennemore- Photo credit Warren Rachele
Yesterday and Today's rhythm guitarist Joey Alves has died at the age of 63, leaving front man Dave Meniketti as the sole survivor of the band's original line up.

Alves' passing isn't the bands first dealings with death. In 2011 the band's founding bassist Phil Kennemore died from complications with lung cancer. He was then followed shortly after by the band's original drummer Leonard Haze, who unfortunately suffered the same fate.

Originally formed in the early 1970's, Y and T were a consistent presence on the San Francisco Bay Area scene and are often credited as the innovators of the ubiquitous hard rock sound. Many of today's large bands initially opened for Y and T in the seventies, using the band's legendary status to propel them into the public eye. Whilst the band's activity lessened in the years to come, they remained one of the genres definitive staples for the scores of aspiring musicians to follow.

Alves' death was initially reported via Facebook by Meniketti. The statement read as follows:

"It's with great sadness that I write this today. Y and T's original rhythm guitarist, Joey Alves, passed away at 7:10 this morning. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and other complications that led to his passing.

Joe was one of the finest rock rhythm guitarists, and I'll always remember playing next to him chunking out those monster chords with his classic red double cutaway '59 Les Paul Jr. As Ronnie Montrose once said about Joey, 'There are rhythm players, then there's Joey. A class of his own.' He was a fun guy who always played with attitude and conviction, and was responsible for writing some memorable riffs for Y and T over the years. His friendship and presence will be missed. This is a great loss for all the Y and T family and faithful. He now joins Phil and Leonard in rock and roll heaven. "

The band are to be featured in an upcoming music documentary, which will place an extensive focus on the group's ' forty year long career. Soon to be released, 'On With the Show' is reportedly focusing heavily upon Alves' time with the group.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 13 Mar 2017 13:12 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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