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Y&T Bassist Phil Kennemore Passes Away Due To Cancer

Phil Kennemore, the bass player of American heavy metal veterans Y&T, passed away this morning (January 7th) as a result of metastatic cancer. He was fifty seven years old. A message from Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti reads as follows:

"It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7th, 2011 at 1 AM 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.

"All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3 AM, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there.

"Phil Kennemore was not only a sweet and passionate man with his life, friends and family, but as an artist, he also had that rare ability to say what was on his mind with the most eloquent, clever, and to-the-point lyrics, yet could turn it on it's head in a second with some other viewpoint on reality and nail the point dead center. He was able to do what very few can - say the things that others have been thinking, but could never quite seem to put into words. He has always had a keen knack for doing that.

"As a musician, with those huge fingers, his bass playing was always loud, strong, and deep, filling the largest or smallest of stages equally.

"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.

"Yes, he was one of the class guys on this planet, and in this business, and I will always do what I can to spread the legacy of Phil Kennemore across the globe on every stage that I land on.

"You know how much I love you Phil, and you knew how much your fans and fellow musicians loved and respected you. There was nothing left unsaid. You had a rich and wonderful life and I can only tell you that I was happy to have been alongside you every step of the glorious way.

"Cheers to you, Phil.

"Your friend forever, Dave."

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1. godlike writes:

Damnit.!! R.I.P. \m/

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

RIP Phil...

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. spiral_architect writes:

a wonderful tribute by meniketti! i was into Y&T in the 80's when "summertime girls" came out. they play such heavy - yet melodic - music!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 12:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DeanTitus writes:

RIP Phil. I had the pleasure after all these decades to finally see Y&T this past summer (twice!) one of them being the last show with Phil before going into the hospital. Those memories will live with me forever. You were a great man and greater musician. You will be missed.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 12:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Rychemn writes:

Absolutely terrible news.....another eighties metal icon has passed away......*Sigh*........R.I.P....Phil.


N.P......Mean Streak.....Y&T

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Laurie writes:

You will really be Missed Phil !! May you Rest In Peace and rock the sox off those in the heavens ~!!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. melissa Anderson writes:

You will be missed greatly and my heart goes out to your friends and family. May you rest in peace.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. hellrat writes:

ah man! that fvckin sucks....very sad news, what a rough deal

ah hell, Rock On Brother!!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Bobby Rock-n-Roll writes:

So I'm guessing Phil and John Bonham probably got a pretty Heavy Groove going down right about now. I saw you play over 50 times from '82-'10 and wish we could do 50 more. I'm gonna miss ya tons Phil! Thanks for the good times!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 7:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Michael Whittington writes:

I was told of the news this morning from my wife, Teresa. I met Phil in 1975 in Napa at a Yesterday and Today gig at the fairgrounds. I was then a just startin to play bass player. Needless to say, I was awe struck by the band and Phil's bass playing. It saddens me to think he's gone. I do have all the great memories of seeing the band perform at Winterland and all the places we saw him perform. Here's to you Phil! A great inspiration! (See you on the other side)

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 8:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. thadeus writes:

Bless you and your family,metal brother.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Chinarain writes:

I just found out this news and am deeply saddened. I met Phil and the band on their last trip to NY several years ago. He had such a presence and was just a really nice guy. I remember when I shook his hand, his hands were so big they swallowed mine. He gave me the set list after the show and had all the gusy sign it for me.

RIP Phil, you will be missed.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. metal-man writes:

iam so sorry to here the bad news about phil i been a long time Y@T FAN r.i.p phil we will miss you so much .

# Jan 10, 2011 @ 7:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. wilco writes:

damm to many people die of cancer
rip brother

# Jan 12, 2011 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Rubyred writes:

Very "sad news" another fame musician Phil Kennemore of Y&T legendary Band gone much too soon. Rest in peace and much Heartfelt condolences to his fellow bandmates and the KENNEMORE Family.

# Jan 12, 2011 @ 6:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. R Tenney writes:

Saw Y@T in 85 with Accept open 4 Motley Crue. Great live act. Aah the memories! RIP!

# Jan 17, 2011 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. rutz writes:

R.I.P. PHIL. a truely sad day.

# Jan 17, 2011 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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