Former Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke has died. He was 67.
Clarke was the last surviving member of the heavy metal band’s classic lineup—a six-year period in the ‘70s and early ‘80s when the band fired off some of their most commercially successful studio albums, including Overkill and Bomber in 1979, and 1980's iconic Ace of Spades. Clarke’s death arrives a little over two years after the passing of frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister, best known as “Lemmy.”
A representative from the band confirmed the news on their official Facebook page, writing that Clarke was being hospitalized for pneumonia at the time of his death. It also includes statements from surviving members of the band’s final lineup, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee:
Phil Campbell said, “JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARK HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.”
Mikkey Dee said, “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 WHEN WE COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…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 to form Fastway with bassist Pete Way of British heavy metal act UFO. Although Way would leave the band without playing on a single record, Clarke released seven Fastway albums with an ever-changing lineup. In 1994, Clarke released his debut solo album It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, which featured Lemmy.
The original Motörhead lineup—Lemmy, Clarke, and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor—last reunited to play “Ace of Spades” in Birmingham in 2014.
Read Motörhead’s tribute to Clarke below.