Phil Chen Bassist For Rod Stewart And Jeff Beck Passed Away At 80
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Renowned and versatile bassist Phil Chen passed away at the age of 80 after battling cancer. A statement was posted on his official Facebook page last December 14 saying,
“With heavy hearts we share the news that Phil Chen passed away on the morning of December 14, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He spent his final days surrounded by family and close friends and cherished time with his grandchildren who always brightened his day. He will be missed greatly and his contagious passion for music and positive energy on and off the stage will be remembered always. ‘Master your music, your future is immeasurable’ We thank you for your outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. (October 21, 1946 – December 14, 2021)”
Chen moved to England in the late ’60s and worked with many high-profile musicians such as Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and some of the Doors’ members. Chen’s music career peak during the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1973, he also joined the Butts Band for a year, formed by ex-Doors drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.
Chen continued his association with former Doors members for decades, as he joined Manzarek–Krieger in 2004 and performed with the duo until 2013. Other music that Chen played on were Beck’s classic 1975 album “Blow by Blow” (credited as “Phil Chenn”), Donovan’s “Cosmic Wheels”, “Blondes Have More Fun” and several Stewart’s albums, which included the smash hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”