Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away at 67 years old after a battle with pneumonia.
Clarke was the guitarist for MOTÖRHEAD from 1976 until 1982. He was one-third of the band’s classic lineup, which also included drummer Philthy “Animal” Taylor, who died in November 2015 of liver failure. Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed away to cancer the following month.
Clarke, Taylor and Lemmy appeared on five albums together: MOTÖRHEAD’s 1977 self-titled debut, 1979’s “Overkill” and “Bomber”, 1980’s “Ace Of Spades” and 1982’s “Iron Fist”.
MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following statement: “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight… Edward Allan Clarke — or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke — passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his [Facebook] page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Fast Eddie… keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”
MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell said: “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock ‘n’ roller. RIP Eddie.”
MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey 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 U.K. this summer when we come around with the [SCORPIONS]… 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.”
Clarke left MOTÖRHEAD in 1982 while on tour in the United States and was replaced by THIN LIZZY guitarist Brian Robertson.
In 1983, Clarke formed FASTWAY with UFO bassist Pete Way.