The metal world is stricken with sadness, as news of original rhythm Y&T guitarist Joey Alves has passed away at the age of 63. Singer Dave Meniketti is now the only surviving member of the band, and had broken the news to world via Facebook, with great sadness to have lost a great brother and bandmate.
“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. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and other complications that led to his passing,” said Meniketti.
“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.”
“It was incredibly disheartening and emotionally wrenching. Anything I can say just doesn’t come up to describing it. When you lose your best buddy [Kennemore] you’ve been standing next to for 37 years, the best word is ‘time.”
“You come out of it. When you’ve gone through all those hard times so often, losing him — on all of us — was not an easy thing. His spirit’s still here. Regardless.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/