R.I.P. Guitar Virtuoso Allan Holdsworth

The influential fusion guitarist from Soft Machine and Gong was 70 years old
R.I.P. Guitar Virtuoso Allan Holdsworth
Guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, who played in such influential groups as Soft Machine and Gong, has died. His passing was announced Sunday (April 16) via his family. Holdsworth was 70.

In a career that lasted over four decades, Holdsworth played a variety of styles on his 12 solo studio albums, but was best recognized for his work in progressive rock and jazz-fusion. In the 1970s, Holdsworth worked with prog rockers such as the Soft Machine, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, U.K., Tempest, Jean-Luc Ponty and Tony Williams.

In the early '80s, Holdsworth was brought to the attention of Warner Bros. Records by Eddie Van Halen, resulting in 1983's Road Games EP. Holdsworth continued to write and play live up until his death, with his most recent album having arrived as a crowdfunded release in July 2016.

Holdsworth was also recognized as a prominent player of the SynthAxe MIDI controller, which can be seen above. The instrument was prominently featured on his solo LPs AtavachronSand and Secrets.

Holdsworth's influence was spoken highly of by guitarists such as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Tom Morello and Yngwie Malmsteen, among others. Find messages of tribute to Holdwsorth below. A memorial funding page for the artist can be found here.