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Motörhead’s Guitarist Eddie Clarke Has Passed Away

Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke has died at the age 67, EW is reporting, citing the official Motörhead Facebook page as the source.

Clarke died in a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” the post said in part.

The musician, known to fans as “Fast” Eddie because of his blisteringly fast playing, was an essential part of the British heavy metal band’s early success, explained the site. Clarke can be heard on the group’s self-titled 1977 debut album, 1979’s Bomber, 1980’s Ace of Spades, and the 1981 live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith. The guitarist also co-wrote many of the band’s best-known tracks, including “Ace of Spades.” Clarke left Motorhead following the release of 1982’s Iron Fist and formed the band Fastway.

The guitarist was the last surviving member of what is regarded as the definitive Motörhead lineup, a trio whose other members were singer-bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Taylor died in November 2015 while Kilminster died the following month.



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  • Saturn

    Sad news.
    I’ve been both a fan of Motörhead & Fastway for over 30 years, so it really is a sad day.
    R.I.P.
    LEGEND.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      KILLED BY DEATH…KILLED BY DEATH…KILLED BY DEATH…

  • Alanmac

    Awful news on a rainy day. Know exactly what I’m listening to at top volume on the way home today now.

    • gabriel

      Nickelback? Me too

      • Saturn

        Damn,you would remind me….

  • Vesuvian Villain

    Sad news. In a related story, Lemmy’s moles, still alive and well, have created a cover band. They will be performing a tribute in the coming weeks, and will not only shred on their guitars despite a lack of limbs, but will also be getting a lot of pussy in honor of the band. Molörhead lives.

    • Saturn

      I hear that they are about to release an album of metal cover versions.

      1 : Moley Diver – Dio
      2 : No Mole Tears – Ozzy Osbourne
      3 : Black Mole Sun – Soundgarden
      4 : Unmoley Blasphemies – Morbid Angel
      5 : For Whom The Bell Moles – Metallica
      6 : Some Heads Are Gonna Mole – Judas Priest
      7 : Moly Wars… The Punishment Due – Megadeth
      8 : Mole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
      9 : Postmolem – Slayer
      10 : Beautiful Molening – Machine Head
      11 : “Amole” Belongs To “Them”- King Diamond
      12 : Hallmoled Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden

      I’m quite looking forward to it, as it’s rumoured that the Japanese Special Edition will have cover versions of classics by bands like Möley Crüe, Moley Hatchet & Molecyful Fate!

      Sadly it does seem that the rumoured Moley Cyrus collaboration is going to be released as a charity single, not today though, but tomoleow……

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        so happy ozzy still with us but he should put out more songs oolol

        • Saturn

          I believe he’s working on new solo material at the moment – he’s taken some time off from his solo work to concentrate on Sabbath, and now that that’s finally done with he’s gonna be working again pretty soon.
          Blasphemy to some, but I believe the best thing he ever did was drop Zack – as he’s definitely my least favourite guitarist of his solo Big 3.
          Probably there’s no chance it would happen, and some would say it’s a step back to the past, but I’d like to see him team up with Jake E. Lee again, as Bark At The Moon & The Ultimate Sin (EXTREMELY under-rated album) are in my top 5 favourite Ozzy solo albums (Diary,Bark,Blizzard,Sin,Tears) and it would be interesting to hear what kinda new material a sober Ozzy could come up with with a guitarist from his secondary classic era.

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            i saw ozzy in 2009 and they had to get him up on the stage with a fork lift poor old fella

          • Saturn

            He’s just got finished servicing Sharon – she’s a wanton nyphomaniac sex vixen.

          • DJ sTikInsEkT

            hes got enough mistresses for a life time lol

      • Vesuvian Villain

        You win. You totally win. I’m going to need some time to heal after that many puns. Respect.

        • Saturn

          Plenty mole where they came from…….

  • SupernaturalCat

    Back when I was a young lad in the ’70s, Motörhead records were among some the first I scored after my older sister turned me onto Black Sabbath.

    God speed, Eddie! RIP

    Motörhead – Iron Fist

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Listening to Motorhead as I clicked this…. RIP.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      at least u didnt jump on boohoo band wagon as fake ppl who never heard or thought about him then soon as he is gone its WAAAAAAAAA rip rip rip. at least u knew him b4 hand and cared

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        Yes Sir. It was an eerie moment too. Rockin’ some Motorhead, sippin’ bourbon, life is good, then saw that. (fuuuuuuuuuck)

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          same thing happened to me when lemmy i was listening to killed by death then it happens. same thing happened with bill paxton i watched morturary then in 2 hours hes gone. i was watching clash titants the morning harryhausen died and watching a bin laden documentary when he was reported killed the next day. it keeps happening to me man. i bet Dic k Miller great actor will pass next for some reason because i am watching a documentary on him

  • Batcat

    The true end of an era. Within two years, all three of the “classic” lineup are now gone. It’s impossible to measure the impact and influence from those early Motorhead releases. All of them rank among the genuine essentials in any hard rock and metal library, and Overkill and Ace Of Spades would be particularly toward the top.

    Motorhead had a consistent career and many of my favorite albums were produced well after the original lineup disbanded. Yet, there’s something in that simplicity and stripped down approach of the early sound that made them indelible.

    Fast Eddie was always one of the more underrated guitarists out there. Everyone would talk about Lemmy, and for good reason, but it was always unfair how the rest of the band was always overlooked. Fast Eddie’s playing inspired many great bands, including Metallica and Megadeth, and he even aided some younger acts, including Twisted Sister, whom he contributed a kickass solo to the song, “Tear It Loose,” on that band’s blistering debut, “Under the Blade.”

    The standout solo of his career was the one provided on the “Bomber,” record with Motorhead. While the album hit neither peak of the albums it was sandwiched in between, “Overkill” and “Ace of Spades,” what worked was stellar. No more was this evident than on “Stone Dead Forever,” where Eddie is allowed to really let loose. His closing solo is one of the greats of the era and the main reason that song is so well remembered and considered one of the true classics of the band’s catalogue.

    I also have to make a special mention to the Fastway debut record, which was a solid slab of hard rock/metal, focusing more on a melodic side of the guitarist but proving he had a certain versatility and a knack for a good riff.

    He’ll be missed, especially by those who adore this brand of mayhem known as heavy metal.

    I happen to be one of them.

    R.I.P.

    • Saturn

      I couldn’t have said it better.
      Thumbs up.

  • Necro

    Damn ‘Motorhead’ is officially no more! Another R.I.P. to throw out there! A sad day for the rock/metal world. Prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. I don’t get to go to many concerts but I was lucky enough to see ‘Motorhead’ live back in 2012, excellent show!

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      ozzy is still with us and angus young so be geeatful

      • Necro

        Oh I’m greatful never said I wasn’t! Just because I didn’t say it doesn’t mean I’m not.

  • DJ sTikInsEkT

    like a domino. motorhead got wiped out 1 by 1

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