Tragic news for fans of veteran blues-rock band Ten Years After. The band's founding guitarist and singer Alvin Lee has died at the age of 68 after complications during "routine surgery." The career of Alvin Lee is incredibly distinguished, and as a result, rock and metal legends Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Slash, Joe Satriani, Glenn Hughes and others have paid tribute to Lee in a series of memorial statements.
There are times in rock where the planets just align for a great collaboration and that happened again last week (Feb. 22) at Stockholm, Sweden's Bandit Rock Awards when Halestorm's Lzzy Hale hopped onstage to join Slash and his touring band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators for a performance of Guns N' Roses' 'Out Ta Get Me.'
Six-string legend Slash experienced a strong 2012, capping it all off with a Loudwire Music Award for Guitarist of the Year. Every opponent Slash went up against in this category was a worthy one, to say the least, but after a hard-fought battle with Mark Tremonti for the award, Slash emerged victorious.
When former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler launched his new band Adler, it offered a fresh start for the musician. But the stickman still has one very significant tie to the past on his 'Back From the Dead' album -- a guest appearance from his former bandmate Slash on the track 'Just Don't Ask.'