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Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died on April 16, 2017 of unknown causes. He was 70. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise confirmed the news on Facebook, saying “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.”

Holdsworth first appeared on a record in 1969 with the group ‘Igginbottom. After ’70s stints in groundbreaking progressive rock and jazz fusion acts such as Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bruford and UK, he released his first official solo album, I.O.U., in 1982. Later in the decade he became an early proponent of a synthesized guitar known as the SynthAxe, and his experimentation with the instrument would define much of his work over the next decade and a half.

“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this [does two-hand tapping], whereas he’ll do it with one hand.” Holdsworth’s 11th and most recent studio album was 2001’s Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie. In 2009 he released the live album Blues for Tony - a tribute to drummer and former bandmate Tony Williams - alongside Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip. Upon hearing of his death, Holdsworth’s guitar playing peers were quick to sing his praises on social media, with Toto‘s Steve Lukather saying he “changed the game” and Peter Frampton describing him as “brilliant, unique.” - ultimateclassicrock

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John Wetton, a legend of the pro rock movement, passed away on January 31, 2017 at the age of 67 after losing his battle with cancer. The death of Wetton, who played in a star-studded series of bands, was confirmed by a statement on his official website. It said: “Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (Jan 31), after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them.” Wetton died three weeks after he announced he was pulling out of Asia’s forthcoming US tour due to having to undergo a round of chemotherapy. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, which proved to be his biggest commercial success. - The Mirror, wikipedia

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Rock Hour [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio; September 18, 1978. Very good Pre-FM.

Thanks to japrainbow for sharing the show at Dime.

No Label Limited Sampler 1CD > WAV > FLAC
Pre-FM Master Reel Broadcast On February 04, 1979

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Track 01. Introduction 0:27
Track 02. Alaska 2:21
Track 03. Time To Kill 7:58
Track 04. The Only Thing She Needs 7:47
Track 05. Carrying No Cross 10:59
Track 06. Forever Until Sunday 5:51
Track 07. Thirty Years 8:49
Track 08. By The Light Of Day/Presto Vivace 2:50
Track 09. In The Dead Of Night 7:35
Track 10. Caesar’s Palace Blues 4:37
Track 11. Outroduction 0:25
60 mins

John Wetton - vocals, bass
Eddie Jobson - keyboards, violin
Allan Holdsworth - guitar
Bill Bruford - drums, percussion

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  1. 9 Responses to “UK - CLEVELAND 1978 [ALLAN HOLDSWORTH R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]”

  2. Thanks big o! The original UK lineup were formidable players and this show doesn’t disappoint-great quality sound and great musicianship.

    By Loma Prieta on Apr 7, 2017

  3. Love this band. Thank you so much. Saw them in 1979 and it was memorable. Always looking for high quality UK shows. Thanks again.

    By Webwar on Apr 7, 2017

  4. outstanding! prog super group….

    By Darth Plastic on Apr 7, 2017

  5. Have heard plenty about this show for years but never could locate it. Thanks!

    By Tom on Apr 7, 2017

  6. Have heard John Wetton in King Crimson, Eddie Jobson in Roxy music, especially great in Siren, Allan Holdsworth is virtually unknown to me , name is familiar - jazz-musician, Bill Bruford in Yes and King Crimson. It’s time to introduce myself this group ! Thank you Big O !!!!!

    By Arto Parviainen on Apr 7, 2017

  7. Arto, Allan was briefly a member of Soft Machine (”Bundles”, “Land of Cockayne”, “Switzerland 74″). He also played with Tony Williams (New Lifetime), Bill Bruford (UK and Bruford), Pierre Moerlen (Gong), Jean-Luc Ponty and Chad Wackerman. He also recorded under the name “Soft Works” with other Soft Machine alumni

    By Dumbell Moronzini on Apr 7, 2017

  8. Thank you Big O Amigos, Robin Trower and John Wetton, it will be a sonic sunset in Thompson, with sides of bacon-wrapped Italian sausages and venison burgers. Brown ale for all. Be well, James

    By James on Apr 7, 2017

  9. Very nice broadcast recording with excellent sound quality. Great performance in particular from Wetton and, seemingly, one of the last times in John’s career when he cared about ambitious bass playing.

    By zaar locust on Apr 14, 2017

  10. These recordings are included in the U.K. Ultimate Collector’s Edition from last year. You can purchase this awesome box at Eddie Jobson’s Zealtots Lounge. It contains some fantastic remasters of the studio-albums. They sound as if they were recorded yesterday.

    By Math Lemmen on Apr 25, 2017

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