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News and Review Article about LIN: Guitar HERO


Lin Phillips Guitarist (1955-2009)



On Sept 26 2009 Lin Phillips passed away. Lin's last two years had been a rollercoaster – physically, emotionally, and financially as he battled cancer. Lin was a great guitarist who will be missed.

Lin Phillips lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday 9/26/09 at 1:00am at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital, Goodyear AZ (near Phoenix). He was born and raised in Portland Oregon, and lived in Reno for the last 25 years. Lin was a very well known guitarist on the Reno/Tahoe scene, and had amazing natural talent. His career began in Portland at age 14 playing in bars with many different bands. Eventually he joined up with the Wray Brothers Band and played fairs all over the West Coast, and then at the Peppermill and other major casinos on the Nevada scene in the 80’s and 90’s. He played many different musical styles with finesse, and learned to play guitar with his own signature tuning. Eventually Lin became a jazz master. The list of local and regional musicians that he played with was legendary, and included Scot Marshall and Jeff Leep and their bands, to mention only a few. There has never been anyone like him.

Lin was also a real estate agent for 12 years, of which the last 7 years were with Century 21 Mountain Properties and Coldwell Banker Select Properties in Reno. He also served on the RSAR National Standards Committee. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and also loved sailing, short wave radios and tube guitar amps. He was incredibly loyal, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Visit for more bio info.

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