by Michael Collins Morton, general editor of
Brit Rock by the Bay
Photo by Dan Cuny
I WILL ON THE 7th APRIL AT 19:30 HRS
BE HOLDING A ONE MINUTE
SILENCE, ( as a personal tribute to Alvin)
I would like to invite everyone, out there,
to set their diary, computers, i-pads etc, etc,
to join me
for just one minute, It would be great if every one could take part.
in closing, thank you "LOVE & PEACE TO YOU
ALL" Colin Fletcher
24 March 2013
We would like to thank everyone
for your e-mails of support during this sad time for all of us.
Many Thanks to the folks who contributed
their memorabilia and personal memories with us.
Please find new Alvin Lee & Ten Years
After contributions on our pages with this
Very sad news and hard to believe, ALVIN LEE has
this morning at the age of 68.
announced that he unexpectedly died on 6 March following
complications during routine surgery.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who knew Alvin
Most of all to his family and friends around the world,
personally to Leo, Ric and Chick
for the loss of your respected
band mate and friend.
deep shock to hear about the loss of our guitar hero
New CD by ALVIN
LEE out now: "Still On The Road To Freedom"
|| Still On The Road To Freedom
1. Still On The Road To Freedom (4:22)
2. Listen To Your Radio Station ((2:20)
3. Midnight Creeper (4:09)
4. Save My Stuff (4:01)
5. I'm A Lucky Man (3:24)
6. Walk On, Walk Tall (3:15)
7. Blues Got Me So Bad (2:08)
8. Song Of The Red Rock Mountain (2:03)
9. Nice & Easy (2:03)
10. Back In '69 (2:35)
11. Down Line Rock (2:28)
12. Rock You (1:32)
13. Love Like A Man 2 (4:32)
Alvin Lee – “Still On The Road To
Freedom” – 2012
I would like to introduce you to my new
album. Still On The Road To Freedom.
In 1972, after Woodstock catapulted Ten
Years After into the Rock Arenas, I decided to take the
road to freedom rather than the road to fame and fortune.
It was the only decision for me as in my desperation to
get away from the responsibility and the commerciality of
the music industrialist, I was in danger of joining the
dead before 30 club. “Moderation is for monks, what’s the
most I can have?” I was searching for and needing freedom.
It was freedom from the big tour schedules, playing every
night in huge arenas where the sound echoed like a freight
shed and the security was armed police with cotton wool in
their ears. Freedom from the managers, agents and lawyers
who saw me as a money making commodity. “We only want
what’s best for you my boy.” Yeah sure. Freedom from being
responsible for satisfying other people’s greed. But most
of all, freedom to make music of my own choice without
worrying about what other people thought or expected. I
have always followed my instincts and tried to maintain a
natural flow in what I do, both in music and in life. I
play by ear and follow my nose, that’s what I like to do,
what’s the point of following someone else’s nose.
I am never sure which direction my
music is going to take, but I do know that to be worth
while, it has to be a natural progression. It has to
evolve freely. It has to be instinctual and not
commercially premeditated, free from undue interference.
Free from the many pressures of the rock and roll circus.
The songs on this album are taken from
a batch of 33 songs that I have written over the last four
years since the release of my previous album Saguitar. I
tried at first to bring all the tracks along together at
the same time, working simultaneously on all 33 songs.
This was a mistake, too much to remember, too hard to stay
focused. It took me over two hours just to listen to all
the songs I had.
Eventually, realizing my mistake, I
picked fifteen songs I liked the best and it all started
to flow, naturally and easily again. This is the reason
that the material on this album is so varied, with so many
styles and types of music. But strangely enough as I
worked, mixed and fiddled, the album slowly became an
entity in itself with a beginning, a middle and an end. It
developed a concept of its own, travelling from the Road to Freedom, back to the 1950’s up
to the present day, then arriving back full circle to
Love Like A Man. But let’s not talk
about music, I prefer to let the music play and speak for
itself. That’s what it’s all about.
ALVIN LEE & TEN YEARS AFTER
VISUAL HISTORY by Herb Staehr
The second printing of
Herb's book has been completed, and is now available
Amazon.com for $20.
Herb Staehr in the Amazon Search Window!)
We recommend to buy
from the seller "Big Sister, Inc."
A 192 page book documenting the career of the influential
“Second British Invasion” blues/rock band and their legendary lead
guitarist Alvin Lee. Provides complete coverage from the early days
in Nottingham through the most recent tours in 2000.
prolific touring band, Ten Years After performed at almost every
important rock venue and festival in the 60s & 70s. From London’s
Marquee Club to the opening weekend at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, from
Woodstock to the Isle of Wight Festival and beyond, dozens
of rock’s most memorable and historic concert events are recalled in words
and pictures. Profusely illustrated with 400 rare concert and
backstage photos, posters, handbills & vintage ads that list
appearances of Ten Years After and many other major bands of the period (Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd,
etc.). Includes Ten Years Later and the Alvin Lee
This limited edition 8-1/2 x 11 perfect bound book
is printed on coated matte paper with a full color laminated cover. It is
a must have for anyone who would like to revisit or learn about the
concert events that helped shape classic rock.
The "TEN YEARS AFTER BIBLE" by HERB STAEHR!
7th April 2013 - JOHNNY WINTER in Concert
/ Tribute Concert for ALVIN LEE
28, bvd des
Interview by Shawn Perry / vintagerock.com
click here for the interview with Alvin Lee