RIP Allan Holdsworth

RIP Allan Holdsworth

It is with aheavy heart that we bring you the very sad news that Allan Holdsworth has died today, unexpectedly.

Although unknown to many music fans, in guitar playing circles he is possibly the most revered guitarist after Jimi Hendrix, certainly he is a musical genius.

His playing initially came to notice as a member of Soft Machine in the 1970’s.  He then went on to be a founding member of prog rock band U.K., a member of Bill Bruford’s self titled jazz rock band, as well as delivering some of the best jazz rock guitar based solo albums.

His influence on others is palpable – Eddie Van Halen was in awe of the mans style and copied a lot of his jazzy runs, his playing on the 1984 album is incredibly close to Holdsworths.  Tom Morello has recently said that the Holdsworth track Metal Fatigue inspired him to become more experimental with his playing and tone, and Frank Zappa and Gary Moore are amongst the guitarists who have proclaimed him to be one of the most advanced guitarists of his time.

A complete retrospective box set has recently been released, “The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever: The Allan Holdsworth Album Collection”. 

RIP Allan Holdsworth

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