Alvin Lee Dead: Ten Years After Frontman Dies From Surgery Complications

Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer for blues-rock band Ten Years After, died earlier today due to complications from surgery. He was 68.

Alvin Lee Dead: Ten Years After Frontman Dies From Surgery Complications
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Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer for blues-rock band Ten Years After, died earlier today due to complications from surgery. He was 68. A statement on his official site (via Spinner.com) broke the tragic news: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen 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 music." Born in Nottingham, England, Lee was best known for his incredible performance of "I'm Going Home" at the inaugural Woodstock festival. Displaying extremely gifted guitar skills and incorporating a medley of classic rock 'n' roll hits, the set led to Ten Years After playing in arenas around the world. The band also had a hit with "I'd Love To Change The World" but broke up in 1973. Lee went on to have a successful solo career, collaborating with George Harrison, Steve Windwood, Mick Fleetwood and Ronnie Wood on his album "On The Road To Freedom". He would also record and tour with Jerry Lee Lewis, Mick Taylor and Scotty Moore. His last album was 2012's "Still On The Road To Freedom". Watch Alvin Lee perform at Woodstock:

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    shwilly
    AWESOME guitarist. He's regarded as one of the most accomplished players of his generation (people said he was better than Hendrix and Clapton and whatnot) yet the guy was always extremely modest about his abilities: I read somewhere that he eventually moved to Spain cos he was in awe over how good those flamenco guitarists were and he wanted to learn from them. Apparently that's were he died as well I think a lot of people haven't heard about him because A) their career was kinda short, B) Rolling Stone and VH1 are a joke nowadays so I don't blame ya kids for not reading about him, and C) as great of a bluesy jamband Ten Years After was, their recorded output wasn't as groundbreaking as, say, Cream or The Doors Still:
    Rest in peace sir
    iommi600
    This really sucks a lot. One of the most underrated guitarists of his generation, if not ever. RIP.
    Battery Chicken
    Alvin Lee was insanely good at Woodstock. He was one of those guys who should've made it bigger, but for some reason never did.
    Braykah
    Never heard of him or Ten Years After before, but still sad nevertheless. Rest in peace.
    ripper992
    My dad was so bummed when he heard about this. Alvin Lee was a legend, songs like One Of These Days, I'm Going Home... classics... RIP
    MrDawson
    RIP Alvin Lee The woodstock version of I'm going home is incredible, it had me drunkenly dancing too many times though... (on a side note "The world has lost a truly great and gifted music.", UG, are you sure about this phrasing?)
    moolguy
    I remember watching the woodstock video for Hendrix, and being blown away by Alvin! Hopefully people who have never heard his music will listen and appreciate! RIP
    moolguy
    I remember watching the woodstock video for Hendrix, and being blown away by Alvin! Hopefully people who have never heard his music will listen and appreciate! He's 'Going Home'. RIP.
    killjim01