News that Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died at the age of 67 after battle with pneumonia has just reached us, the sad news was confirmed on Motorhead’s Facebook page.
A 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. “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!“RIP Fast Eddie Clarke – 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018.”
if you were there back there then there was nothing like it, there’s been Motorhead labums and line Ups since and respect to them all, there was some damn fine gigs and records, but nothing like the three of them up there slinging it all, nothing quite like those days of Overkill and Bomber and Ace and those days at Bingley Hall for the barn dance or the triumph of Port Vale, that classic period and those three albums, the days of the Roundhouse and Fast Eddie standing shoulder to shoulder with Lemmy and the bomber over head and well, damn, the last of ’em has gone.
Fast Eddie was introduced to Lemmy back in the mid-70s and he joined Motorhead soon afterwards in 1976 first of all alongside Larry Wallis and just as quickly as the guitar man in his own right, he played on Motorhead’s self-titled 1977 album and also played on 1979’s Overkill and Bomber as well 1980’s Ace Of Spades and 1982’s Iron Fist, it really was about those three albums and those gigs in 79 and 80 though, by the time they got to Iron First it was kind of lost. The guitarist left Motorhead while on tour in the US with the band following the release of Iron Fist, reportedly unhappy with how that album turned out, and went on to form the rather underrated Fastway with former UFO bassist Pete Way. Fastway released their self-titled debut album in 1983, and went on to release a further six studio albums.
Our thoughts are with Eddie’s family and friends, I loved them days following Motorhead, they were my band, thanks Eddie. big big thanks
Only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud, So good I can’t believe it, screaming with the crowd, Don’t sweat it….