I remember seeing this Marshall Harrison video a few years back and thinking, 'man, he has a point', then going off and trying to learn a bunch of Holdsworth.
Originally Posted by Marshall Harrison
Edit: I spent most of yesterday evening listening to him, and it's incredible how much of a shadow he has cast on music and guitar playing. His influence on fusion is so deep, it's part of the furniture now. Fusion guitarists are following a path basically plowed by him. And so many metal shredders, even if they're not directly influenced by him, they're influenced by players who were.
He was only 70, by the way. Obviously there's no good time to die, but that is pretty early, and he still had a lot of music left to give. A real shame. Bust your guitars out, practice some outrageous shapes and legato, and raise a beer for him.