Ten Years After guitarist and Woodstock hero Alvin Lee has passed away today at the age of 68. The British Blues great was perhaps best known for his 1971 hit “I’d Love To Change The World,” but also for his blistering performance of “I’m Going Home” at the legendary music festival, which cemented his reputation as one of the fastest axe-men in the world.
According to his website, Alvin “passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.” His family released the following sad statement this afternoon: “We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” Unfortunately we didn’t know him as a father or companion, be he certainly was one of the best players of high generation – or of any other for that matter. In addition to his own stadium-rockin’ band, Alvin also played with luminaries like George Harrison, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, and Mick Fleetwood. He pursued his own successful solo career in the 70s, delivering his final album Still On The Road To Freedom last year. If you ever wanted to sum up rock ‘n’ roll in a quick and easy clip, check out the video above. Play it loud, and let’s send Alvin home right.
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