As much as I hate to keep churning out these sorts of posts, it seems as though the only constant in our world is death and taxes and with that I must announce that the legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth has passed away at age 70. It was only a few short hours ago this afternoon that Louise Holdsworth (daughter of the master musician) announced the news of his passing on her Facebook. I’ve embedded the statement for you below the photography by Glen Laferman.
“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. 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.”
Mr. Holdsworth was one of those players that was always on my bucket list to see but one that I sadly never managed to make it to. I don’t play guitar so didn’t manage to follow as much of his work as so many of my friends that do play have but the stuff I listened to was quite extraordinary. I still have a cassette recording from a show that someone copied for me from a Bottom Line show where he was showcasing his skills on the SynthAxe and as I pen these words I’m listening to his collaboration with Jens and Anders Johanssen on an album called “Heavy Machinery”. Even with my limited exposure to his skills its very safe to say that there didn’t seem to be any boundaries to his level of creativity with the guitar and the SynthAxe. No cause of death was disclosed with the posting but when one is released I will amend this reflection. To learn more about the amazing years of Holdsworths career and life you can get it all on the official Wikipedia entry that I have linked below. Thank you Mr. Holdsworth for being such an innovative force in this craft because you have influenced more musicians that you probably had been aware of. May you Rest In Peace and may your family find comfort during this sad time.
Official Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Holdsworth