There are few live rock clips as compelling as Ten Years After doing "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock, in which Alvin Lee puts on a clinic of speed guitar that either had would-be musicians running for the instrument -- or running away from it.
The British musician died today (March 6) at 68 due to complications from a routine surgery, according to reports.
His wife and daughters released a statement: "We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."
Lee formed Ten Years After in 1966 and the band debuted a year later with a self-titled album of mostly covers. The blues-rockers made their name in a big way at the Newport Folk Festival and Woodstock in 1969, a year before scoring their biggest hit, the psych-rock classic "I'd Love to Change the World."
Ten Years After toured the States between early 1969 and 1975, and played just one show in Pittsburgh (Oct. 6, 1972 at the Civic Arena).
Lee left and went on to play in Ten Years Later (which did shows here including 1987 at the Syria Mosque with Steppenwolf) and and as a solo artist. His last album was 2012's "Still on the Road to Freedom."
Based on the P-G archives, his last concert here was in May 1996 with Eric Burdon as part of a New Orleans Fest at the I.C. Light Amphitheater.
Sadly, I never got to see Alvin Lee perform live, but if you have, I would love to hear about it, so please post your recollection.