British rock vet Alvin Lee has died. He was 68.
A statement on Lee's official website said the Ten Years After co-founder passed away Wednesday from "unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure."
Lee's family wrote on the website, "We have lost a wonderful, much-loved father and companion," adding "The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."
Lee and Ten Years After scored hits with songs like "I'm Going Home," "Hear Me Calling," "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Love Like A Man." The band's performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival became one of the event's most memorable highlights. Ten Years After split in 1974. The group reunited in 1983 to play the Reading [[ redding ]] Festival. Lee also recorded several solo albums his most recent of which, "Still on the Road to Freedom," was released last September.
Surviving members of Ten Years After are mourning the death of the guitarist. Bassist Leo Lyons, who formed the group with Lee in 1966, says the news of Lee's passing "came as a complete shock," and he still hasn't "taken it in." He explains that Alvin was "the closest thing" he had to a brother, and while they had their differences over the years they "shared so many great experiences together that nothing can take away." Lyons credits Alvin as "an inspiration for a generation of guitar players." He adds that he's "very sad" over the loss," and "will miss him very much."
Foghat has also posted a collective statement on the band's Facebook page, saying, "So very sad to hear about the passing of Alvin Lee. Truly one of the great guitarists of our time. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family and friends. You will be missed, Alvin."