Alvin Lee, the guitarist for English-blues-rock band Ten Years After passed away today, at sixty-eight years old. Details remain hazy, but according to an announcement made by family, cause of death was “unforeseen complications” after a routine medical procedure. Nothing about Alvin lee was routine. One of the greatest blues guitarists to grace our ears, Lee’s talent inspired many musical acts that followed. Ten Years Later’s fame throughout the 60′s and 70′s was only matched by Lee’s prolific solo career. His musical endeavors included musical appearances by the likes of George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Ron Wood.
Alvin Lee’s cultural poignancy stretches far beyond his guitar skills. Showcased by Ten Years After’s performance at Woodstock, Lee’s guitar became an icon of the festival (a sticker littered ”Big Red” Gibson ES-335). His most recent album “Still on the Road to Freedom” was released in August 2012. Lee truly was forever on the road to freedom, through undeniably talented musical expression. Ten Years After’s bassist Leo Lyon’s said “I will miss him very much. He was an inspiration for a generation of guitar players.” Not only for guitar players, Lee will continue to be an inspiration for those who, like him, are constantly seeking the road to freedom, through music, art, and creativity.
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