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Johnny Main
14th March 2017

joey alves

Original Y&T guitarist Joey Alves has died at the age of 63 from ulcerative colitis and other health complications.

Y&T mainman Dave Meniketti wrote on his official Facebook page:

"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 (Sunday 12th March) 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 Kennemore and Leonard Haze (bass guitar and drums, who died in 2011 and 2016 respectively) in rock and roll heaven."

joey alves

Alves had originally joined the group in 1974 and served as guitarist until he left in 1989 after appearing on eight Y&T albums. After leaving the group he kept in touch with the band, temporarily returning in 2014 and again in 2016 when he undertook some live dates with the band.

Late yesterday, Meniketti again took to his official Facebook to share a clip of Alves from an upcoming documentary, 'On With The Show' which is due for release in late-2017, saying:

"I saw this clip of Joey two days ago when I was reviewing part of the documentary. Seeing Joey on the screen while knowing he was not long for this earth was a shock to me at first, but hearing what he said in this clip really touched me. What he said is so right and I wanted to share this with deep respect for my friend."

You can see Y&T live here:
Saturday 18th March: Club Citta', Tokyo
Sunday 19th March: Club Citta', Tokyo
Saturday 25th March: The Fillmore, San Francisco
Friday 7th April: Count's Vamp'd, Las Vegas
Saturday 8th April: Livewire, Scottsdale
Wednesday 12th April: Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, Dallas
Thursday 13th April: The Pub Fountains, Houston
Friday 14th April: 3Ten @ ACL Live, Austin
Saturday 15th April: 8th St Pier ,San Leon
Tuesday 18th April: Mercy Lounge, Nashville
Thursday 20th April: The Loft, Atlanta
Friday 21st April: The Grey Eagle, Asheville
Saturday 22nd April: Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh
Tuesday 25th April: Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore
Wednesday 26th April: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York
Friday 28th April: The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie
Saturday 29th April: Palace Theater, Stafford Springs
Sunday 30th April: Tupelo Music Hall, Derry
Tuesday 2nd May: Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River
Thursday 4th May: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland
Friday 5th May: The Machine Shop, Flint
Saturday 6th May: Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles
Sunday 7th May: The Metal Grill, Cudahy
Tuesday 9th May: High Noon Saloon, Madison
Thursday 11th May: VooDoo Lounge @ Harrah's, North Kansas City
Saturday 13th May: Lava Room at Reserve Casino Hotel, Central City
Tuesday 16th May: Knitting Factory Concet House, Boise
Thursday 18th May: Studio Seven, Seattle
Friday 19th May: Star Theater, Portland
Saturday 20th May: Rogue Theatre, Grants Pass
Friday 2nd June: Uptown Theatre, Napa
Friday 28th July: Ramblin' Man Fair, Maidstone
Saturday 29th July: Rock & Blues Custom Show, Pentrich
Friday 11th August: Rockin' the Rivers Festival, Three Forks
Friday 25th August: Cargo Concert Hall Reno
Saturday 26th August: Ace of Spades, Sacramento
Sunday 1st October: Riffelhof, Burgrieden
Tuesday 3rd October: Hirsch, Nuremberg
Thursday 5th October: Rex Musiktheater, Bensheim
Friday 6th October: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
Saturday 7th October: Blues Garage, Isernhagen
Sunday 8th October: Markthalle, Hamburg (Altstadt)
Thursday 12th October: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen West
Friday 13th October: Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Saturday 14th October: Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm
Tuesday 17th October: Poppodium Metropool, Hengelo
Thursday 19th October: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden
Friday 20th October: Podium Victorie, Alkmaar
Saturday 21st October: De Cacaofabriek, Helmond
Sunday 22nd October: De Kreun, Kortrijk
Tuesday 24th October: Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Thursday 26th October: The Brook, Southampton
Friday 27th October: O2 Academy Islington, London
Saturday 28th October: The Robin 2, Bilston
Sunday 29th October: Tramshed, Cardiff
Thursday 2nd November: The Garage, Glasgow
Friday 3rd November: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Saturday 4th November: Rock City, Nottingham
Sunday 5th November: O2 Academy, Liverpool
Tuesday 7th November: Opium Rooms, Dublin
Wednesday 8th November: Limelight 1, Belfast
Friday 10th November: Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli
Saturday 11th November: The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Tickets for UK gigs available right here.

Y & T's current line-up is:
Dave Meniketti – Guitar/Vocals
John Nymann – Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Aaron Leigh – Bass Guitar
Mike Vanderhule – Drums

Photos – © Y&T




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