Musicians to stage tribute show in Paris to guitar legend Alvin
SOME of the world's greatest blues musicians are to perform a tribute concert in memory of Nottingham-born guitarist Alvin Lee.
Mr Lee, a founder member of legendary blues-rock band Ten Years After, died in Spain on March 6, aged 68.
The musician, who hailed from Wollaton, had been due to perform in concert with American blues musician Johnny Winter, at the Olympia Hall in Paris, on Sunday, April 7.
It would have been the first time in 30 years that the pair had played together in concert.
The promoters have now decided to go ahead with the show in Paris, called Johnny Winter and Friends, with a host of blues musicians set to appear and dedicate their performances to Mr Lee.
Music writer David Scott first met Mr Lee while training to become a teacher at Clifton College in the late 1960s.
The pair met again by chance in Spain around 15 years ago, and became good friends.
Mr Scott said: "Alvin is probably as famous as Robin Hood at the moment. The sad thing is he was due to appear in this concert with Johnny Winter next month.
"It looked at one point the whole concert would be cancelled, but the organisers have decided to do a special night for Alvin.
"Alvin has hundreds of fan clubs worldwide.
"There was a group already scheduled to come to the concert who have decided to make this a pilgrimage and join in the tribute.
"The central core of his fans have decided to still come even though Alvin won't be there, to reflect on his life as a musician."
Also on the bill at the concert will be blues artists Tommy Emmanuel and Robben Ford, while fans also plan to hold a candlelit vigil.
Mr Lee started to play guitar at 13 and by 1966 was one of the founder members of what was to become Ten Years After.
In 1969, the band's album, Stonehenge, earned them a place at upstate New York's Woodstock Festival.
Ten Years After went through a series of break-ups and reunions over the years.
They decided to re-form again in 2001, but Mr Lee declined and went on to make albums by himself.
His last, Still On The Road To Freedom, was released last year.
Mr Scott, who went on to teach in Mansfield and now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, interviewed Mr Lee about his life in Nottingham and his school days as a pupil at the old Margaret Glen Bott School, in Wollaton.
In the interview, Mr Lee said: "I was a rebel at school and I suffered the consequences; I was a James Dean fan and the bad guy who got blamed for everything."
Mr Scott said: "By the time I got to Clifton in 1967, Alvin was already to Nottingham what The Beatles were to Liverpool.
"We met up again in Spain about ten to 15 years ago by chance, and over the years we became good friends.
"Alvin gave me a lot of interviews and I got to know him very well. He always talked a lot about Nottingham."