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Motorhead’s Fast Eddie Clarke dies

By | Published on Friday 12 January 2018

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The last surviving member of Motorhead’s classic 1970s line-up, Fast Eddie Clarke, has died while being treated in hospital for pneumonia. He was 67.

Following short-lived runs in various bands, Clarke was hired to join Motorhead in 1976, a year after the band had formed. He soon found himself the sole guitarist in the outfit, following the departure of original member Larry Wallis. He appeared on the band’s first five albums, as well as the ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’ live album, before leaving in 1982.

Clarke last appeared on stage with his former bandmates Lemmy and drummer Phil Taylor in 2014 (although only he and Lemmy performed), a year before both of their deaths.

Upon the announcement of the news that Clarke had passed away, members of the most recent Motorhead line-up, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, paid tribute.

“Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away”, said Campbell. “Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie”.

Dee added: “Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer … Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out! My thoughts go out to Eddie’s family and close ones”.



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