Motorhead’s ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Dies at 67

Heavy metal legends Motorhead just lost another key player in the band. ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, the band’s guitarist, and a founding member, died Wednesday (Jan. 10). He was 67.

The band broke the tragic news on their Facebook page saying Clarke was recently in the hospital for pneumonia. Their statement reads:

“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,” the group wrote. “Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”

Clarke performed on many of Motorhead’s albums with his last being 1982’s Iron Fist. After he left the band, he co-founded Fastway, who released their self-titled album in 1983. Clarke later released a solo album, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over, in 1994. He continued making music over the next few decades both on his own and with Fastway. His last album, Make My Day – Back to Blues, was released in 2014.

Our thoughts go out to Clarke’s family and friends during this difficult time.


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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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