Alvin Lee Tributes
ALVIN LEE . December 19th 1944 - March 6th 2013
A moment of reflection was held for Alvin
on April 7, 2013. The audience
Hall in Paris were joined by
fans around the world in honoring
guitarist.Thank you to everyone
Following are some of the tributes
peers and fans:
Joe Brown, close friend and musician: Alvin was probably
the best Rock 'n Roll guitarist
met. It is going to be a great
loss to us
all. I'll certainly miss him"
Chris Wright, Chairman (non Exec) BMG Chrysalis
UK: "My career, and the foundations of the
entire Chrysalis organisation
Alvin and his group, who soon
name to Ten Years After, came
up to Manchester
in 1966 to play in a small student
club I operated with a friend.
signed them to a management contract,
later they joined both Chrysalis
and Chrysalis Music.
They went on to be an integral
part of the
British rock and blues invasion
of the States,
and starred at both the Woodstock
and in the subsequent film. For
a while in
the late 60s and early 70s they
were on a
par with any group in the World
He was known as the fastest guitarist
the West, but that belied the
fact that he
was also one of the most talented,
the most proficient. He was also
on stage performer.
It is really sad we will never
see him again.
His passing leaves a tremendous
void in an
era of great British music."
Brian May, musician: Writing on his website "(Lee was) a
legendary and influential guitarist
nice bloke. His speed and dexterity,
days when I would go as a student
Marquee Club to see Ten Years
scary and exciting. He was daring
to play and sing close to his
time. As a man off-stage, his
modest and gentle. On stage -
a giant who
will be missed greatly"
Roger Chapman, musician: "Alvin Lee. What a great natural guitar
player. Frightened of nothing,
a guitar & rocked like f***.
Met him in 1961 thereabouts,
shared a stage
in Nottingham with him &
he was on it
then. Playing songs, me being
a bit snobbish,
I never thought any other British
except myself so I was instantly
& have been ever since. Always
pals even though we were separated
roles & countries.
He did a lot of really good stuff
on my albums
over the years. "Do you
wanna run through
Alv" I'd say & he'd
just sling it down & take
a natural! What a guy!
Lotsa love Alvin it was a pleasure
Mylon Le Fevre, musician: Everybody knows he was a great musician and
guitarist but he was a lot more
to me. He was my brother and
the first time I met him in 1970.
a good man with a good heart.
He was an honest
man. As far as I know he did
ever told me he would do. He
never lied to
me one time. He was generous,
kind and loyal
to our friendship. He was a Rock
I was just a country boy from
an opening band. But from the
treated me like an equal. We
met when my
band opened for TYA on one of
American Tours after the Woodstock.
we just hung out after the gigs,
and jammed. Eventually we started
some songs together. After one
of the five
tours we did together we decided
vacation in Jamaica to lay down
and see where it led us. That
was the beginning
of "On the Road to Freedom".
the 43 years that I knew him,
I learned to
truly love him like a brother
and I will
miss him. It was an honour to
be his friend.
Slash, on Twitter: "I just heard about Alvin
Lee's passing. He was the 1st
fast lead guitarist I remember
a kid. legend. RIP. iii]; )'
Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath: "Shocked and saddened
to hear of Alvin Lee passing,
one of the
true greats and a major influence
Butler. "The fastest guitar
in the west.
He was one of the few people
in Sabbath when we started out,
and he got
us our first major London gig,
at the Marquee.
A true gentleman and lovely bloke.
Bill Ward, Black Sabbath: "Thank you, Alvin for
all that you were. For all that
You were one of a kind. Your
with passion, force, excitement;
risk, bringing this listener
to the point
of "wowism". In short,
Thank you. Thank you. Our condolences
to Alvin's family. Heartfelt
this time of loss.
Joe Satriani, musician: "Alvin Lee was a big influence
on my playing. He was a great
a gentleman, too. I still have
the pick he
gave me a few years back...R.I.P
Glenn Hughes,Deep Purple: RIP Alvin Lee.....so very sad
to hear of another friend passing.
Joe Bonamassa: Enough said.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5M5xljdCI.....
Rest in Peace Alvin Lee... Another
this week.... This is becoming
....... A very sad night... Enjoy
and gents.. Joe Bonamassa:
Kenny Wayne Shepard: Rest in Peace Alvin Lee one of the greatest
guitar players ever. We lost
you too soon.
Thanks for the music.
Mick Mars, Motley Crue: Rest in peace Alvin Lee. I
loved you very much. You taught
Peter Frampton: I still can't believe we've lost Alvin Lee.
My day went into slow motion
after I heard
this. Been talking to friends
we all spent together. It's very
was a wonderful person and an
Leslie West: God Speed Dear Friend. I hope you bring
the pedals I gave you to heaven.
it a little louder up there.
Keith Emerson: Dear Alvin, you checked out way too early
my friend. I'll miss the fun
we had on mini-
motorcycles, you as "Awful-
and our failed attempt to swim
back to England
from the Bahamas. That was some
but we made it through. Above
will remember the fun and the
music you made
Tommy Iommi, Black Sabbath: I was extremely saddened
to hear of Alvin's death. It
was a great
shock. I had not known that he
was ill. Alvin
was a really great guitar player
importantly, has been a good
friend of Black
Sabbath over the years.
In the early days, when we were
by the name of Earth, it was
Alvin who helped
us get some gigs. He'd been out
there a bit
before us, and knew the ropes.
We'd sit and
talk the night away at a flat
I remember telling him that we
of changing our name to Black
was horrified! He told me we'd
never do any
good with a name like that.
Ric Lee: We are all stunned. All of us. I don''t
think it's even sunk in yet as
to the reality
of his passing. We are all thinking
family and friends today, and
offer our own
Leo Lyons: "It came as a complete shock to me.
I still haven't taken it in.
I feel very
sad. He was the closest thing
I had to a
brother. We had our differences,
but we shared
so many great experiences together
can take away. I will miss him
He was an inspiration for a generation
guitar players. Keep on rockin',
Chick Churchill: It has taken me a few days to accept that
my inspiration has gone. Though
it, it does not make it any easier.
early days he gave me such encouragement
with my keyboard playing that
he made me
a much better player. When I
lived in Spain
we spent many hours together
and Evi cooked
some wonderful meals for us.
Evi and I have
emailed and she is a very brave
lady. I send
all my hearfelt prayers to Evi,
Suzanne. I shall miss a great
Bryan Adams : Alvin Lee RIP. We jammed together many
years ago in Sweden. Such an
The Zombies: So sad to hear of Alvin Lee's passing. I
vividly remember Ten Years After
us back in '67, when they were
an up and
coming young band. I was totally
out with his playing. ~ Rod
Fish, former lead singer of Marillon: A great guitarist
and fine and lovely bloke. Will
the laughs we had together in
Tel Aviv at
an extremely dodgy festival and
drinking in the bar waiting on
the gig that
Foghat: "Truly one of the great guitarists
of our time. Our hearts and thoughts
with his family and friends.
You will be
Steve Hackett, Genesis: "I'm sad to hear of the passing
of Alvin Lee. He was a great
ten Years After was an extraordinary
Vernon Reid (Living Colour) : Alvin Lee, like Gary Moore
and Rory Gallagher, was a Burning
House With Everythin In It. MOFO
of a player.
RIP to 1 of the GREATS".
Alex Skolnick (Alex Skolnick Trio; Testament) :RIP Alvin
Lee. After Jimi, his guitar performance
Woodstock was my favourite
Pete Pritchard: would like to thank the many people who have
sent me messages of sympathy
at the sudden
and tragic passing of Alvin Lee
on 6th March.
It was my honour to play bass
for him these
last ten years. Alvin was a wonderful
unique man. He was totally unaffected
his rock star status and hated
all the "star"
hype, preferring to be one of
the lads in
To say he was an amazing guitarist
understatement. Often his solos
lift me off the stage.
I never saw him play a bad show.
walked off to a standing ovation
He loved his Rock n roll, rockabilly,
and jazz and I will miss our
chats on all
things music so much.
We were due to play the Olympia
April 7th. This will now be a
day for me indeed. I can't believe
will never again be together
Evi (Alvin's wife), Richard Newman
and Steve Rispin (sound), laughing
enjoying each other's company
music. My condolences to Alvin's
this dreadfully sad time. With
love and respect,
Canned Heat: R.I.P. ALVIN LEE of Ten Years After who
was one of the Few English bands
at Woodstock in 1969.You will
be missed by
many who loved you and your Guitar
and Vocals.Canned Heat send their
to his Family and Friends.
Tim Hinkley: People often say, "what a wonderful
person he/she was", about
have passed to another world.
In some cases
this is not so. In Alvin Lee's
case it is
so....he was a wonderful person...a
generous, simple and down to
His love of Blues and Rock'n
him through life and it shows
in his phenomenal
guitar playing. When his daughter,
was born in London, Alvin came
to my apartment
in Chelsea and I sat in awe while
guitar for hours. We made some
together over many a year in
home studios. The first, Space
at Hook End Manor with a Helios
tape machines, Tannoy Reds and
digital gimmickery in those days!
Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Alvin
were, "The Gits"....Alvin's
Gosh, I'm still shellshocked
that he's gone.
Justin Hayward,: I knew Alvin well in the 60's and 70's
since Ten Years After and The
both on Decca and were often
There was a friendly rivalry
between us because
of the label thing although their
ours were completely different.
were booked by Bill Graham and
great success, in the USA at
the same time
... I recall that Alvin kindly
lent me his
amps when mine blew up at a psychedelic
in Chicago in 1968.
Alvin played with great courage
risks on the guitar that few
of the other
British blues boys dared to take.
He was, and always will be, acknowledged
as one of the greatest British
Alvin Lee will never be forgotten
Omar Kent Dykes, Omar and the Howlers: My thoughts and prayers
are with the friends and family
We have lost a tremendously talented
and he will be greatly missed.
Dennis Greaves, Nine Below Zero: Just about to go on stage
last night in Hamburg Wednesday,
heard the news about the passing of Alvin Lee. As you may
or may not know we toured the
UK and the
USA with Alvin and had a great
him and he was always very supportive
Nine Below Zero, he even gave
me a couple
of his old Marshall 4x12 cabinets.
is one of the reasons I play
a Gibson 335
and was a big influence on me
as a kid. Last time we saw him was in Norway looking
fit and healthy hard to believe
guitarist has gone
Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown: In shock over the death of
Alvin Lee. I remember his first
He shook the guitar world up