Aussie guitar legend Lobby Loyde dies

Australian rock guitarist, Lobby Loyde, has passed away aged 66. Loyde was battling lung cancer but died as a result of brain tumours on Saturday April 21 in Boxhill, Melbourne.

Loyde was a leading figure in the 1970s Australian pub rock scene, particularly as a member of the bands Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs and the Coloured Balls. Known for his plectrum guitar technique, Loyde inspired a legion of Australian musicians, and was also cited as an influence by international musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Henry Rollins.

In 2005 he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and a benefit concert in Melbourne (at which Loyde himself played) raised $90,000 for his medical costs. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. A fellow inductee, Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo said of Loyde:

"More than anyone else, Lobby helped create the Australian guitar sound. Long before Angus (Young) or Billy Thorpe or the Angels or Rose Tattoo. Lobby inspired Australian bands to step forward and play as loud and aggressively as they could. People are still trying to copy it today."

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