Motörhead ‘s original guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke dead at 67

In only two years we’ve lost all the three original members of Motörhead

Motörhead ‘s original guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke dead at 67

The third and last member of Motörhead’s original line up, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, guitarist featured on many of the band’s classic albums, died Wednesday aged 67, following the deaths of frontman Lemmy and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in late 2015. Motörhead confirmed Clarke’s death on Facebook, noting that he was in the hospital for pneumonia.

Eddie Clarke, who was born in London in 1950 and started playing guitar seriously at age 15, was the last surviving member of Motörhead’s classic trio, with Kilmister and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor dying in 2015.  Clarke’s last album with Motörhead was 1982’s Iron Fist, after which Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson took his spot. Band tensions played a role in Clarke’s departure and the final straw for the guitarist was reportedly Motörhead’s decision to partner with the Plasmatics for an EP featuring a cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.” “I thought Motörhead was in danger of becoming a laughingstock,” Clarke said in Beer Drinkers. “But they were already thinking like it wasn’t my band [too] anymore. The bastards.” After leaving Motörhead, Clarke co-founded Fastway, which released its self-titled debut in 1983. The group put out a string of records throughout the Eighties, riding the popularity of heavy metal and hair metal, before splitting in the early 1990’s. Sadly Motörhead as we originally knew,  it’s now only part of Rock N’ Roll history and will remain that way forever,  but Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor music will live on forever and continue to play a key role on the future Rock history.

Look back at the music video for one of Motörhead’s most iconic songs “Iron Fist” featuring “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar

Listen to some of the best Motörhead songs featuring the original line up compiled by Pop Expresso on Spotify

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