The Rock World Pays Tribute To Paul Allen

David Crosby, Justin Hayward and Carlos Santana are among the artists who have paid tribute to Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, who died Monday from cancer at the age of 65.

David Crosby: "Damn, lost a friend we needed, Paul Allen. Smart, decent man, good guitar player, funder of science, saver of  elephants. A fine man."

Justin Hayward: "I was deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Allen. I had the privilege of knowing him and I immensely enjoyed the time spent in his company. He was an excellent guitar player and we had great fun playing some of our favorite songs together. He made the world a better place."

Carlos and Cindy Santana: "Our hearts are shattered and broken as our dear brother and friend ascended today -- Mr. Paul Allen. We offer our spirits light and Souls Love to family and friends. We are here for you in any form or capacity."

Pearl Jam: "RIP Paul Allen. Thank you for your immeasurable contributions to the community [of Seattle] and beyond... Rock on."

Duff McKagan: "RIP Paul Allen. All of Seattle feels for your family and loved ones. You were so damn good to our city, and a force in this life."

Krist Novoselić: "I am so sorry to hear this!!! Thank you Paul for your generosity... Thank you for the wonderful monument of the Museum of Pop Culture... You built Seattle into a great city. Rest In Peace."

Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes: "Sad to hear of the death of Paul Allen. He was kind enough to let us use his L.A. Studios to record the last two Yes albums. A great friend of [Yes drummer] Alan White. A very humble guy and a major philanthropist. Rest in Peace."

YES: "[We] send heartfelt sympathies to the family of our friend and Microsoft founder, Paul Allen, whose amazing studios hosted YES for recent studio albums."

Yes drummer Alan White: "I knew Paul Allen and highly respected him for so many reasons. I appreciated his generous philanthropy, his many contributions to our city (Seattle), but also identified with his personal love of music, sports, adventure and life...

"Paul brought joy to sports and music fans everywhere and he brought change and progress that helped build Seattle into a cultural hub. He touched the lives of people around the world and truly made it a better place for all of us.

"I am grateful for all of his accomplishments and mostly proud to have known him and called him a friend. He will be greatly missed."

As I mentioned yesterday, Paul Allen was one hell of a guitarist who could hold his own onstage with the heavy hitters. Here's another example below...

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