Allan Holdsworth, a British-born guitarist whose rock and jazz fusion work influenced many guitar players in a variety of genres, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Vista, California, according to multiple news sources. He was 70.
The cause of death was not immediately available.
Holdsworth released a dozen studio albums and collaborated with other musicians including the group Soft Machine, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, and the groups Bruford and Krokus.
He is credited with being a key influence on guitarists including Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Tom Morello.
His solo albums, recorded over the course of four decades, include “Velvet Darkness” (1976), “Metal Fatigue” (1985), “Wardenclyffe Tower” (1992), “Hard Hat Area” (1993), and “Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie” (2001).
Holdsworth was born Aug. 6, 1946, in Bradford, England. He had been based in California since the 1980s.
He is survived by a daughter, Louise, and a granddaughter.
Fellow guitarists and other musicians shared their condolences via social media.
Steve Lukather tweeted: “I cant believe it! Allan Holdsworth, legendary guitarist of our generation! He changed the game + was the sweetest guy ever… RIP”
Guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin wrote on Twitter: “Another great guitar player lost . RIP #allanholdsworth”
Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel tweeted: “Allan Holdsworth, Colossus, gentle man, blazed a trail through the heights of musical invention. we can only look up & marvel. God Speed RIP”
Guitarists Joe Satriani tweeted: “R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth. You remain an enormous inspiration to me. Your beautiful music will live on forever.”
Satriani’s tweet included a photograph of the two musicians standing together.