The Iridium to Celebrate Life & Music of Allan Holdsworth
For over 40 years, Allan Holdsworth influenced rock, metal and jazz guitarists across the globe, well-known for his advanced approach to harmony and his blindingly fast and intricate legato style which left even some of the world's greatest guitarists shaking their heads in awe. Throughout his career he released twelve studio albums as a solo artist, including his most recent 12-CD box set release aptly titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!
"It's a huge honor to be a part of this tribute. I am humbled to share the stage with Allan's band along with Alex, Tim and Nir," says Alex Skolnick.
Add Virgil Donati, "I know he would give anything to be sitting at The Iridium bar observing this event."
Tickets for the Allan Holdsworth tribute shows July 5 through 7 (early shows at 8pm; late shows at 10pm) are available on TicketWeb via www.theiridium.com, or The Iridium box office located at 1650 Broadway at 51st Street, 212.582.2121.
The Iridium and its legacy as "The Home of Les Paul" has established the audiophile venue as a musical landmark in New York City, known as a destination for intimately experiencing the best jazz, blues and rock artists in the world. Over the last 20 years, The Iridium has built up a reputation for attracting iconic instrumentalists and vocalists seven nights a week, and as a result has grown in the diversity of its music offerings as emerging songwriters seek to join in the room's rich history of music discovery. Among the superstar acts that have graced The Iridium stage are Les Paul, who played weekly at The Iridium for more than 14 years until his passing in 2009, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, The Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts, Max Roach, Michael Brecker, among many others. Today, in addition to its consistent draw of legendary rock guitarists and jazz and blues musicians, The Iridium regularly showcases next generation talent spanning a variety of genres including folk, indie pop, alt rock, R&B, cabaret and world music, as a host to Front and Center, public television's critically acclaimed series, and MTV Live Setlist, a new monthly music series.
The "Father of the Electric Guitar," Les Paul is revered as a pioneer in electric guitars and music recording, having designed the sound system The Iridium uses to this day. This influence has led to The Iridium becoming one of the only NYC concert venues to double as a live recording studio boasting its own music label - IridiumLive. Since 2011, notable releases on the IridiumLive label have included Grammy-winning guitarist Albert Lee's 'Live At The Iridium' and 'Les Paul Trio And Friends: A Jazz Tribute to Les' featuring Les Paul's band performing with special guests Nels Cline of Wilco, jazz guitar legend Stanley Jordan, Jane Monheit, and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff Beck's Grammy-nominated 'Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul' is also among the historical recordings at The Iridium.