It was, sadly, a heavy weekend on the musician death front.
Most notable was the passing of guitarist Allan Holdsworth on Sunday (April 16) at the age of 70. The British musician was once deemed "the best, in my book" by Eddie Van Halen and played with Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bruford, the all-star U.K., Stanley Clarke, Krokus, Level 42 and others and released a dozen solo albums. He also pioneered the SynthAxe, a midi-controlled guitar instrument that he began using in the mid-80s, had signature guitar lines with Ibanez and Carvin, and during the 90s invented a beer pump called The Fuzzbuster.
In a Facebook message Holdsworth's daughter Louise asked for "privacy and time while we grieve" and promised an "open memorial service" will be announced in the future.
Also passing were:
* Bruce Langhorne, the studio guitarist and Bob Dylan collaborator who inspired Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," on Friday (April 14) at the age of 78 in Venice, Calif.
* Alan Henderson, bassist for Them ("Gloria"), at the age of 72 in England.
* And news was announced the founding Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas died last Monday (April 10) at the age of 63 in Florida after battling pneumonia.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.