9 guitarists I think were taken far too soon

Just heard the devastating new that Michael Casswell died in a swimming accident on holiday yesterday so I used this feeling to reflect on others who we have also lost too soon in their lives..

I always get a bit depressed when I hear of anyone loosing people whatever the circumstances and even more those I knew, these loss's remind me of my own circumstances as I've lost 2 brothers .

Unfortunately the rock and roll lifestyle has for too many casualties and I’ve listed just 8 of the guitar players that have influenced my own musical journey. I’ve often wondered how they would have developed their art and am sad not only at their untimely partings, but also the loss of the awesome music they would have given us. 

Michael Casswell 1963 - 2016


Michael Casswell was a session guitarist and outstanding Lick Library tutor who had a magical touch to the guitar In 2014, Casswell released a solo album entitled Complaints about the noise.


Jimi Hendrix

November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

I don’t need to even say how great the influence of Jimi has been on electric guitar



June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016


Mr funk, underrated with an incredible feel in his guitar solos, here’s a vid with him, see at 3min 30sec , Prince doing his thing, watch for the amazing disappearing guitar at the end


Steve ray Vaughn

October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990


Tragic how Stevie overcame drug addiction then to die far too soon after in a helicopter crash, here a whole concert from 1985


Frank Zappa

December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993


Innovative, hilariously funny and a great musical force and he left us Dweezil Zappa to remember him by, here’s the 1977 muffin man track live


Gary Moore

4 April 1952– 6 February 2011


I saw Gary weeks before he died, loads of shred and blues talent under those fingers, here’s his last gig

Shawn Lane

March 21, 1963 – September 26, 2003


A genius both on piano and on guitar, Shawn pioneered a ton of guitar chops back in the day


Dimebag Darrel

August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004
Pantera’s guitarist and a shred demon, who knows where he would have taken us on his shred journey




 Randy Roads

December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982

Randy (ozzy Ozbourn) classic metal rock king took far too soon at 25


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