21 aprile 2017

Scorrendo i commenti di amici e ammiratori di Allan Holdsworth affidati in questi giorni ai social non è raro incontrare anche quelli di musicisti e colleghi del benamato chitarrista: tra questi Jean Luc Ponty, Dweezil Zappa, Frank Gambale, Gary Husband, Steve Vai, Eddie Jobson e Steve Howe. Scrive ad esempio Bill Bruford: "With enormous sadness I write to express my condolences to Allan's family on the loss of a much-loved father and grandfather, my friend and colleague. For several years in the 1970s, through my own band and UK, I listened to him nightly, launching sheets of sound on an unsuspecting audience, changing perceptions about what guitars and guitarists should or could be doing, thrilling me half to death. I would have paid to be at my own gig. Allan wasn't easy, but if it was easy it wouldn't have been Allan. Like all creative musicians he was restless and relentless in pursuit of 'the perfect sound', the one that he couldn't get out of his head, the one that would never leave him alone. Now he will be at peace. Still, my guitar gently weeps."