Friday, October 11, 2013

Those Who Served: Phil Chevron R.I.P.

Phil Chevron (real name Philip Ryan) was guitarist/songwriter for the Radiators From Space, one of the earliest Irish punk bands. They put out some great singles and two albums before disbanding in the early eighties. He next appeared as a member of the London band the Pogues a few years later and played on the bulk of their albums including Rum, Sodomy & The Lash and If I Should Fall From Grace With God. He was a gifted and energetic performer but also a superb songwriter having penned the Radiators' Dearly Departed and the Pogues' Thousands Are Sailing. I had the pleasure of meeting Phil and seeing him perform with Terry Woods (also of the Pogues) here in Moncton back in November 2003.
 Phil had been battling cancer for a few years and finally succumbed on October 8, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 56. Rest in peace Phil. We'll miss you.

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