Guitar Community Remembers Famed Tech Alan Rogan


Last week, The Who's official website broke the news that Pete Townshend's longtime guitar tech Alan Rogan had passed away, following a battle with cancer. Rogan got his start with George Harrison and over the course of his long career, he'd work with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Eagles, and more.

Having spent more than four decades with The Who, Brian Kehew—a fellow Who tech, as well as a renowned keyboardist, producer, and writer—penned a remembrance:

"Much of our crew was hand-picked by Al, and we are honored to be part of his chosen family—spending many years with him all over the world. No words can express the hole left by this overwhelming and large personality, such a bold and funny charmer of a man. Alan was at home in a world of music legends and 'big rock stars,' as he had confidence and a sparking persona that could keep up with the best of them. Although always working on the support team side, he was as big a star as anyone he worked with."

Fender CEO Andy Mooney sent an email out today, explaining how he's kept in touch with Rogan for years, even as recently as during last month's David Gilmour auction:

"Anyone who knew Alan, knew him as someone who’d brighten every room and make every conversation fun, but Alan was also the consummate, professional guitar technician. Alan was gracious enough to take me backstage when he toured with the Who and AC/DC. He was proud of his work and no detail was too small."

Over the past few days, many guitarists, techs, builders, and others in the guitar community have shared their thoughts about Rogan on social media, including Slash, Steven Van Zandt, Fred Gretsch, Townshend, and many others.

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