R.I.P. Phil Kennemore

At 1 A.M. this morning (January 7, 2011), Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore took his final breath while in California’s Stanford Hospital.

The 57-year-old had been battling with lung cancer, which he publicly announced in August of 2010.

Since 1974, Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti and Phil Kennemore were the only members to remain active in the band.

Meniketti released the following response regarding the passing and his 37-year friendship with Kennemore:

“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.”