Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee dies at 68 after surgery complications

Alvin became a global name after his performance at Woodstock

Posted 8th March 2013 in News | By Clickmusic News Desk
Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee dies at 68 after surgery complications

Jimi Hendrix contemporary and Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee has died aged 68.

The news came this morning via his official website. His family revealed that he had died on March 6 following a routine surgery in Spain; there were "unforeseen complications".

They wrote: "With great sadness, we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen 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 musician. Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne."

Nottingham-born Lee formed the band Ten Years After in 1966. The band had minor success until a show-stopping performance at 1969's legendary Woodstock Festival. This performance secured him a place in music history and a cult-like status among music fans and hippies alike.

Alvin had been a contemporary of the incredible Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. During his career, he managed to work with George Harrison, Ronnie Wood and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood.

Still On The Road To Freedom, his latest album, was released in late 2012.