Induct Allan Holdsworth Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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For more than four decades, Allan Holdsworth has set the standard for legions of progressive jazz, metal, and rock guitarists who strive to test the boundaries of what can be achieved with music and the electric guitar. Holdsworth passed away on April 15, 2017. His passing has left a chasmic void in the hearts of countless fans, colleagues, admirers, and appréciateurs of jazz/rock fusion. In addition, Holdsworth leaves behind an incredible body of work, as a collaborator and as a solo artist. Many modern rock and metal guitarists have expressed their gratitude for Holdsworth's influence, including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci,  Alex Lifeson, Neal Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Peter Frampton, Vernon Reid, Tom Morello, and Frank Zappa, to name only a few. Eddie Van Halen said of Holdsworth, "He's the best in my book." Though largely unknown to popular music fans, Holdsworth's influence can be heard in the music and compositions of most of the guitarists listed above.

According to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, induction eligibility is defined as: "Artists—a group encompassing performers, composers and/or musicians—become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll." In addition, Allan far exceeds the qualifications for TWO RRHF award categories: The Performers Award: "This category honors bands or solo artists which demonstrate musical excellence. Such a descriptor includes (but isn't limited to) influence on other performers or genres; length and depth of career and catalog; stylistic innovations; or superior technique and skills." And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence: "This award honors performers, songwriters and producers who have changed the course of music history. These artists have dedicated their lives to creating influential, important music infused with originality, and have achieved a level of timeless distinction."

It is for these and countless other reasons that we, the torch bearers of his priceless legacy, insist that Allan Holdsworth be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, as well as be granted a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. If any one person deserves these accolades based on sheer influence, technical and compositional ability, and contributions to modern rock and jazz, Allan Holdsworth is the only logical choice.