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Alvin Lee, rock guitarist (Ten Years After), dies at 68
BBC News ^ | 6th March 2013 | BBC News

Posted on 03/06/2013 10:37:45 AM PST by the scotsman

'British rock guitarist Alvin Lee, a member of the band Ten Years After, has died aged 68.

His family announced on his official website that he unexpectedly died on 6 March following complications during routine surgery.

The Nottingham-born musician rose to fame after appearing at the Woodstock festival in 1969.

The band, who had eight Top 40 albums in the UK, had their biggest hit in 1971 with I'd Love To Change the World.

"We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician," said the statement from his wife and daughters.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alvinlee; goinhome; tenyearsafter; unitedkingdom
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1 posted on 03/06/2013 10:37:57 AM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Oh man, did he ever rip a great riff on the Woodstock album’s “Goin’ Home” !!!! Fingers and frets on fire,

Thanks for the memories, Alvin


2 posted on 03/06/2013 10:40:36 AM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: the scotsman
Saw him live in Ten Years After in '74. It was a memorable show, and he was one hell of a guitarist.

Cricklewood Green is still a favorite.

RIP

3 posted on 03/06/2013 10:43:14 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: the scotsman

Saw him in the early 80s, smokin’ concert.

R.I.P. Alvin...


4 posted on 03/06/2013 10:43:26 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: the scotsman

Condolences to family and friends of Alvin Lee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU


5 posted on 03/06/2013 10:44:03 AM PST by PGalt
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To: the scotsman

I’m fortunate to have seen him and the band rock the Met in the very early 70’s. Great stand up guitarist. RIP


6 posted on 03/06/2013 10:44:13 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: the scotsman

“I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do. So I’ll leave it up to you.”

Thanks for the music. RIP.


7 posted on 03/06/2013 10:44:31 AM PST by OwenKellogg
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To: the scotsman

Former Senator Norm Coleman is deeply saddened.


8 posted on 03/06/2013 10:44:59 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: the scotsman

Lee made his mark in Nashville too as he was a friend and played with Chet Atkins. He was a great musician. RIP Mr. Lee. Lee came by and visited with many of us at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society meetings in Nashville. He was gracious.


9 posted on 03/06/2013 10:45:31 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: the scotsman

I’d love to change the world. He did..........


10 posted on 03/06/2013 10:46:24 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Artie

I’ve heard of a stand up bass, but never a stand up guitar.


11 posted on 03/06/2013 10:52:17 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: llevrok

Exactly right. Hell of a loss, but he’ll be jammin’ with lot of other great players now. And with his music he did, in a small way, change the world.


12 posted on 03/06/2013 10:54:15 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Red Badger

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you


13 posted on 03/06/2013 10:54:55 AM PST by maxsand
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To: llevrok

“Goin home” bump !


14 posted on 03/06/2013 10:55:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

He went home.


15 posted on 03/06/2013 10:57:33 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: the scotsman

He was a member of the ‘Silent Generation’.

‘Good morning little schoolgirl’


16 posted on 03/06/2013 10:58:39 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: the scotsman

The high point (no pun intended) of Woodstock.


17 posted on 03/06/2013 10:59:05 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: the scotsman
His Woodstock appearance is a rock classic no one will ever forget.

RIP

18 posted on 03/06/2013 10:59:51 AM PST by doorgunner69
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To: PGalt

LOL, listen to the words

“tax the rich, feed the poor till there are no more”


19 posted on 03/06/2013 11:00:20 AM PST by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: the scotsman

I thought the guy was the best. RIP Alvin Lee.

Condolences to his family.


20 posted on 03/06/2013 11:00:37 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: the scotsman

There are no ‘routine surgeries’...RIP, Mr. Lee.


21 posted on 03/06/2013 11:00:54 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: the scotsman

R.I.P.


22 posted on 03/06/2013 11:01:10 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: phockthis

Yeah, those are prophetic lyrics in that song.


23 posted on 03/06/2013 11:03:19 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: the scotsman

Holy crap I was just looking at a photo of that guy just last week and thinking how I didn’t recognize him.


24 posted on 03/06/2013 11:03:25 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: who knows what evil?

was it done in Britain? that could explain a lot.


25 posted on 03/06/2013 11:03:25 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: doorgunner69

A memory that has stayed with me for life. Awsome!! I remember the watermelon rolling up to him on stage. Lol.


26 posted on 03/06/2013 11:03:36 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: llevrok
He's going home to meet his maker, Home to meet his maker!

He's going home to meet his maker, Home to meet his maker!

He's going home to meet his maker, Home to meet his maker!

27 posted on 03/06/2013 11:04:48 AM PST by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: the scotsman

I guess he’s Goin’ Home.


28 posted on 03/06/2013 11:06:47 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: the scotsman

He’s “Going Home”... RIP.


29 posted on 03/06/2013 11:06:47 AM PST by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: who knows what evil?
There are no ‘routine surgeries’...RIP, Mr. Lee.

Especially with the NHS

30 posted on 03/06/2013 11:11:19 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Drumbo
Ping.

I was in the Army at Fort Gordon when that song came out. It was the first time that I heard the words "dykes and fairies" used in popular music.

31 posted on 03/06/2013 11:11:51 AM PST by Publius
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To: the scotsman

I saw Alvin in Germany when I was stationed there in the mid 70’s. He’s one of my guitar heroes. I’m truly saddened by this.


32 posted on 03/06/2013 11:12:11 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: the scotsman
What a shame! He was a huge influence on me 30 years ago when I was a young teen first picking up the instrument. He was a master. One of the first "shredders" and should have been every bit the household name that Page, Clapton, Hendrix and Van Halen would become. RIP Mr. Lee.


33 posted on 03/06/2013 11:12:43 AM PST by Drew68
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To: bmwcyle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ7IXIp4LI0
34 posted on 03/06/2013 11:13:06 AM PST by South40
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To: the scotsman

Just last night I was playing the acoustic part of I’d love to change the world. I woke up this morning is one of my favorite songs to put on my workout playlist.

RIP Alvin


35 posted on 03/06/2013 11:14:26 AM PST by wisenheimers_kid
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To: Mase

Same here. TYA was touring with Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie. Rockingest show I ever saw. Alvin Lee jumped off the stage, grabbed the joint out of my best buddie’s hand shouting “Gimme that f’n joint”, jumped back on stage and kept jamming. They weren’t wireless then. That was a really long cord.


36 posted on 03/06/2013 11:15:57 AM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: the scotsman

Goin Home...best riff evah!


37 posted on 03/06/2013 11:18:14 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: the scotsman
♪ RIP Alvin ♪
38 posted on 03/06/2013 11:25:22 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: the scotsman

Par for the course for ‘routine surgery’ in socialist Britain.


39 posted on 03/06/2013 11:27:12 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: the scotsman

That’s such a shame. First saw this from a Kevin Shirley (producer, Iron Maiden) post on Facebook. Terrible to lose such a force in guitar playing.

I bet he and Stevie Ray Vaughan are already rocking out.


40 posted on 03/06/2013 11:29:27 AM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: the scotsman; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

He’s now in the mud of Woodstock in Heaven!


41 posted on 03/06/2013 11:30:01 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: the scotsman

He could sure play that axe. RIP Alvin Lee.


42 posted on 03/06/2013 11:31:31 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq He could sure play that axe. RIP anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: wastedyears
I bet he and Stevie Ray Vaughan are already rocking out.

I've heard that dogs go to heaven, but not that electric guitars too?!

43 posted on 03/06/2013 11:31:39 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mase
"Saw him live in Ten Years After in '74."

Saw him on the same tour at Tampa Stadium - did a great version of "Hey Joe".
We've lost a great guitarist.

44 posted on 03/06/2013 11:33:43 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: the scotsman

Got a couple of their albums. Guess I’ll have to dig them out.


45 posted on 03/06/2013 11:39:24 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: the scotsman

Yeah Britain, how’s that DHS working out for you?

The Woodstock performance and riff is burned into my brain.

Thanks Alvin.


46 posted on 03/06/2013 11:53:31 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: South40

One ad on that You Tube page. One.

And it’s for AARP...KMB, You Tube.


47 posted on 03/06/2013 12:05:28 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Revolting cat!

ten years after what?


48 posted on 03/06/2013 12:05:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: printhead
Wow, I'd forgotten that Humble Pie was in the show I saw as well. I now recall being at the show and commenting to friends how awesome Steve Mariott's voice was.

I'll never forget that scene in the movie Woodstock with Alvin trying to carry a watermelon that someone had tossed on stage after playing "Goin' Home" as the finale. He's totally wiped out, and stumbling around on stage trying to keep this huge watermelon balanced on his shoulder.

49 posted on 03/06/2013 12:06:07 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Revolting cat!

In Heaven, there are no bass solos.


50 posted on 03/06/2013 12:08:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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