Brad Kent, one of the pioneers of the Vancouver punk rock scene, has died in an Alberta hospital from pneumonia complications.
Kent first rose to prominence in Vancouver as a member of Victorian Pork, members of which would later go on to form iconic bands such as the Subhumans and the Pointed Sticks. He also played guitar in one of the earliest incarnations of D.O.A.
Later, Kent moved to San Francisco to join the Penelope Houston–led act the Avengers. In the '80s, Kent unleashed his inner metal fan as a member of Ground Zero, as well as playing with former D.O.A. bassist Randy Rampage in the fuck band the Sick Ones.
Kent has been remembered fondly by members of Vancouver first-wave punk scene tonight. Buck Cherry-aka John Armstrong--of the Modernettes posted on Facebook "probably the best rock and roll guitar player in the early Vancouver scene".
Rampage and Zippy Pinhead paid their respects with "We are very very sad to see Brad Kent, an original of the scene, leave us for the gates of heaven. RIP Brad. See you on the other side."