Y&T: Remembering Joey Alves, Phil Kennemore and Leonard Haze.
Only three days ago since the passing of original Y&T’s rhythm guitar, Joey Alves. Now Dave Meniketti is the only surviving member of the classic Y&T line up. Dave is one of the few rare kind of guitarist/singer that sill survives. When we say guitarist we talk about a man that can play the guitar right, and when we say singer we talk about a man that can sing, not making noises in front of a microphone. Think you know what we're talkin' about. Drummer Leonard Haze and bassist Phil Kennemore died from complications of lung cancer. Kennemore passed away on January 7, 2011, and Haze on September 11, 2016.
Here’s the kind words Meniketti addressed to Joey:
“It’s with great sadness that I write this today. Y&T's original rhythm guitarist, Joey Alves, passed away at 7:10 this morning at the age of 63. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and other complications that led to his passing. Joey 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&T over the years. His friendship and presence will be missed. This is a great loss for all the Y&T family and faithful. He now joins Phil and Leonard in rock and roll heaven”.
Dave Meniketti. A true legend of Rock n’Roll. Nothin more to say.
Rest in Peace: Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze and Joey Alves.