Posted in music on October 8, 2013
Philip Chevron w/ The Pogues at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Philip Chevron, guitarist for legendary Celtic punk/folk band The Pogues, has passed away after a 6-year battle with cancer. He was 56. The Guardian reports:
Philip Chevron, who played guitar for the Pogues, has died at the age of 56. He had been treated for head and neck cancer in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health in April 2012. A new tumour appeared in August 2012, however, and was deemed inoperable. He died on Tuesday morning.Rest in peace, Philip. Your contributions to Celtic punk and music in general will be remembered.
Chevron joined the Pogues following the release of their debut album, Red Roses for Me, initially on a temporary basis. He was a full-time member by the time they recorded their second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Although the Pogues' songwriting was dominated by Shane MacGowan, Chevron contributed one of the band's best-loved songs, Thousands Are Sailing.
In 1976, Chevron had founded one of Ireland's first punk bands, the Radiators from Space. Their songs were later covered by folk singers including Christy Moore and Mary Coughlan.
Watch some videos of The Pogues in NYC in 2011 below...
The Pogues - "Streams of Whiskey" at Terminal 5 in 2011
The Pogues - "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn" at Terminal 5 in 2011