Former Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee died yesterday aged 68 -
His official website posted a statement which reads: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.
"We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."
The Nottingham-born musician quickly rose to fame after appearing at the Woodstock festival in 1969 with Ten Years After. The bands performance, and more notably Lee's blistering fret-mastery in the song "I'm Going Home" that appeared in the 1970 Woodstock film, put the guitarist's name firmly among the elite musicians of his generation.
In a recent interview with
Guitar World he said he still
played guitar regularly:
"I write and record all the time; it's my hobby and my passion. I have a Spanish gut-strung guitar, a Dobro resonator and a Line 6 Variax hanging on the wall, and they all get played regularly."
Talking about the Woodstock movie
and his involvement with the legendary event Lee said:
"The solo on the movie sounds pretty rough to me these days, but it had the energy, and that was what Ten Years After were all about at the time."
The performance led to more festivals, a label change and their biggest hit, 1971's "I'd Love to Change the World." Although a version of Ten Years After still tours today, Lee has not been part of the band for several years.
After the band split in 1973, Lee went on to release several solo albums, including On The Road To Freedom, which included guest spots from George Harrison and Ron Wood. His last release was 2012's Still On The Road To Freedom. Lee and Harrison would record together several times over the decades; Lee also appeared on Harrison's Dark Horse album, and Harrison and Lee take turns soloing on "The Bluest Blues" from Lee's I Hear You Rockin' disc.
Guitar World conducted one of the last interviews with Lee, and you can check it out here.
TEN YEARS AFTER AT WOODSTOCK, "I'M GOING HOME"
TEN YEARS AFTER, "I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD"
ALVIN LEE WITH GEORGE HARRISON, "THE BLUEST BLUES"