Philip Chevron, longtime guitarist of Celtic punk legends The Pogues, has died following a lengthy battle with head and neck cancer. He was 56.
Chevron was initially diagnosed with the cancer in 2007. It had been thought that he fully recovered, but doctors discovered a new tumor in April 2012, and in May 2013 determined it was inoperable.
Born as Philip Ryan in Dublin, Ireland in 1955, Chevron joined The Pogues following the release of their debut album in 1984. He became a full-time member as the band began work on its sophomore album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, playing guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He also appeared on the band’s most critically acclaimed album, 1989′s If I Should Fall from Grace with God.
Declining health spurred on by drug and alcohol abuse led Chevron to quit The Pogues in 1994. However, when the band reunited in 2001, Chevron once again became an active touring member. He was also chiefly responsible for the re-mastering of the band’s entire back catalog in in 2004.
In addition to his work with The Pogues, Chevron fronted punk band The Radiators from Space
through the 1970s, 80s, and 2000s.
Chevron played Ed McMahon and performed on the soundtrack of “Straight to Hell” (1987).