Via Hollywood Reporter, Alvin Lee, legendary rock and blues guitarist, has died. He and his band, Ten Years After, came to fame after playing at the Woodstock Rock festival in 1969. I saw him in a concert when I was stationed in Germany in 1978 at Saarbruken, Germany.
Alvin Lee, the British singer-guitarist whose fiery performance at Woodstock was immortalized in the subsequent film and soundtrack album, has died. He was 68.
A posting on his website says Lee died early Wednesday of “unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.” No other details were given.
Lee’s blues-rock group Ten Years After already was big in England before rocketing to international fame with its wild show at Woodstock in 1969. The band’s 10-minute rendition of Lee’s “I’m Going Home” became a cornerstone of Michael Wadleigh’s film about the festival and its soundtrack album, which would spend four weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. in 1970.
“I just heard about Alvin Lee’s passing,” former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash tweeted Wednesday. “He was the 1st badass, super fast lead guitarist I remember hearing as a kid. legend. RIP.”
H/T Motor City Times