He says, “I felt very touched and honored to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement medal. The Worshipful Company of Musicians dates back to the beginning of the 16th century, when this City of London livery was created to regulate and protect the exponents of popular music in the day. Over the years its focus changed, and by the beginning of the 20th century it had become concerned almost exclusively with classical music. I’m excited to be the first rock guitarist to be given this accolade.”

In other May news, he will join a panel discussion with astronaut Tim Peake at Space Rocks, which is presented in association the European Space Agency. It will be held at the Indigo at The O2 Arena in London this Sunday.