Brad Kent, an early Vancouver punk musician who had played with D.O.A. and the Subhumans, died last night (February 3) following complications from pneumonia, his friends and former bandmates have confirmed.
Kent's most recent project, Monster Baby, reported yesterday through their Facebook page that Kent was in critical condition at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Sadly, as reported by the Georgia Straight, he passed away later that night.
Condolences were made by D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley, who had apparently been taught how to play guitar by Kent. They played together in the late '70s as proto-D.O.A. act the Skulls.
Very sad news The great Brad Kent has left us Genius with Les Paul on his hip ripping a hot solo He taught me to how to rock Miss u forever— Joe Keithley (@DOAJoe) February 4, 2016
After the Skulls broke up, Kent would play in Vancouver unit Victorian Pork, as well as early lineups of D.O.A. and the Subhumans, before moving down to San Francisco to join Bay Area punk greats the Avengers.
Over the years, Kent would also play in acts including Death Sentence, metal group Ground Zero, a reformed Victorian Pork, and the Sick Ones project with fellow former D.O.A. players Randy Rampage.
Kent's last project was Monster Baby with the Modernettes' Mary "Celeste" Armstrong. A Facebook post from last month explained that they had been putting the finishing touches on their debut LP, which they described as "a collection of songs so baddass but diverse that they defy the influences that spawned them."
Other tributes to the fallen punk musician include former Modernettes member Buck Cherry (a.k.a. John Armstrong) taking to Facebook to call Kent "probably the best rock and roll guitar player in the early Vancouver scene."