Influential prog-rock guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth has passed away at the age of 70.
Holdsworth began his long career in the 70s, working with a number of jazz-fusion and progressive rock bands such as Igginbottom, Tempest, Soft Machine and U.K.
He was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated an array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos, all of which was evident in his vast body of solo records. Holdsworth released 12 solo albums from 1976 to 2001 and was working on his 13th when he passed away.
The news of his death was broken by his daughter Louise, who wrote a statement on her Facebook page.
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“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius,” she said.
“We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.”
Musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the influential guitarist. You can read some of their posts below:
F*ck!!!!! RIP Allan Holdsworth....One of the all-time greats and innovators...no Holdsworth = no Eddie Van Halen #UK #OneOfAKind pic.twitter.com/xXuPwb8ctn — Mike Portnoy ???? (@MikePortnoy) April 16, 2017
I cant believe it!
Allan Holdsworth, legendary guitarist of our generation !
He changed the game + was the sweetest guy ever...
RIP — Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) April 16, 2017