Alvin Lee goes home
Groundbreaking guitarist dies after routine surgery
Guitarist Alvin Lee has died unexpectedly and suddenly in Spain after what was supposed to be routine surgery, according to his family.
When Woodstock is mentioned people remember iconic performances by Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, The Who, CSNY and more. Fewer remember the break-out appearance by Lee and his band Ten Years After, featuring a blazing-hot 11-minute rendition of what would become Lee’s signature song. Noting his surroundings, Lee introduced it thusly: “This is a thing called ‘I’m Going Home’ – by helicopter.”
No one had ever seen a guitar played that fast, even if Lee felt later in life that he got pigeonholed as a blazing fast guitarist. Another huge hit, “I’d Love to Change the World,” was decidedly different.Rumors began circulating this morning about the 68-year-old Lee, which were quickly confirmed by his family on his official website.
With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.
-- Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne
Rest in peace, Alvin Lee.
Listened to a little TYA tonite. Saw them many times during the 70's. So sad he's gone but Alvin will live forever in my ipod...
Yes sir, I been here from 1939. I was in the front seat of a slick out of Da Nang. I was sneaking up on 30. I had 3 babies at home. Maybe we can agree that we, as a government, were wrong to be there. We were wrong to be in Mississippi with dogs and water cannons and ropes and crosses and torches. We were wrong to send National Guard to Kent State. And - we're wrong NOW to be all over the globe, killing people with drones and troops. Dude, we are a WRONG outfit. I'm not proud of us at all anymore. My mama didn't have a basement and I was too old to draft but, I found a way. I've been here, man, watching shameful stuff for a long time. And, I've been THERE. Thanks for your comment.
In the 60s we were coming together as a people. The Government was worried about "us." We were speaking out. SO, they killed our youngest and best at Kent State. They sicced the dogs on MLK and his followers. They couldn't allow us to come together. We would have been too strong a force. Otherwise we would have been kinder and gentler. The young ones tried. The gov. shot it all down.We're no good.
I'm glad I'm old.
how some of you can say hes not one of the greatest guitar innovators, ill never understand, listen to a space in time...a concept lp, with pure blues,space age guitar approach, and a soundtrack to my life.ive been playing guitar for 30 years, and a student of the intrument, he's one of the best. just because he wasnt branded and marketed like american cheese doesnt make him any less important than, jimmy page,hendrix, or halen.
Eddie Van Halen
In other words guitarists whos sound is immediatly identifiable and changed the direction of music in their respective eras. Alvin Lee is none of the above using those guidelines
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