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'Now they can jam together again': Tributes pour in for Motorhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clark, 67, who has become last of heavy metal band's three founding members to die

January 11, 2018 5:38 PM
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Tributes have poured in for Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke who became the last of the heavy metal band's three founding members to die.

Fast' Eddie Clarke died after a battle with pneumonia, according to a statement on the band's official Facebook page.

The post read: '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.

Phil Campbell, who joined the band as a guitarist in 1984, said: 'Just heard the sad news that fast Eddie Clarke has passed away.

Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who is currently a member of the Scorpions, said: 'Oh my f***ing God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos.

Clarke is considered one of the 'classic' members of Motorhead, along with frontman Lemmy and drummer Taylor.

He was the sole surviving member of the trio that produced many of the band's biggest hits.

Motorhead was a British rock band that shook up the industry when they came onto the scene in the 1970s.

Spanning four decades, the band's line up and sound changed dramatically over forty years.

But one constant remained in the form of frontman Ian Fraser 'Lemmy' Kilmister, who founded Motorhead in 1975 and continued performing into the year of his death in 2015.

Guitarist Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox featured in the original line-up but were replaced by Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor on drums and 'Fast' Eddie Clarke on guitar a year later.

The trio are considered by fans as the classic line-up of the band, producing their best-selling albums Overkill, Ace of Spades and Bomber.

Eddie left the band in 1982 after a disagreement about the direction of their music with Taylor leaving two years later.

The final line-up consisted on Lemmy on vocals, Mikkey Dee on drums and guitarist Phil Campbell.

Taylor passed away in September 2015 with singer Lemmy dying in December of the same year.

Eddie was born in Twickenham, London on October 5, 1950. He began playing guitar as a child before joining one of his first bands The Bitter End at the age of 15.

He turned professional in his late teens playing for Curtis Knight's blues rock band Zeus as the lead guitarist.

But his career didn't truly pick up until he began work refitting a houseboat where he met a man named Phil Taylor, who had recently joined Motorhead.

After introducing Eddie to lead singer Lemmy, who died last year, the group quickly began playing together in a converted radio studios/ brewery on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

Eddie, Lemmy and Phil Taylor are considered by fans as the classic line-up who went on to produce the band's most celebrated hits.

He left Motorhead in 1982 while on tour in the United States after becoming unhappy with the results of their fifth studio album Iron Fist.

Eddie set up another band Fastway, supporting AC/DC during a 1992 tour of Europe.

He moved back to London and continued to play music up until 2014, where he reunited with his former Motorhead bandmate Lemmy on stage in Birmingham.

The pair played their classic album Ace of Spades to the delight of thousands of fans.

Fans of the trio of the band poignantly pointed out today that at last Lemmy and Phil Taylor would be reunited with Clarke in 'rock heaven'.


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