R.I.P. “Fast” Eddie Clarke (1950 – 2018)

Total dude. Got a Saxon T-Shirt on as well… clearly a man of taste!

It’s already been a tough week in metal, with the passing of both Chris Tsangarides and Iron Man’s Alfred Morris III, but now I’m sad to report that Motörhead/Fastway guitar hero “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away aged 67 following a battle with pneumonia.

Clarke was the last surviving member of the classic Motörhead lineup that released indispensable and influential albums like Overkill and Ace Of Spades. Lemmy, Philthy Animal and Fast Eddie might have had No Class but Eddie always rode the band’s wild rhythmic maelstrom with style and taste: dishing out bluesy double-stops and windswept unison bends that lifted the din to another level of excitement.

Sad to think all three members of this legendary lineup are gone but at least the three amigos are now back together doing what they do best. Playing filthy, loud rock n’ roll.

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20 thoughts on “R.I.P. “Fast” Eddie Clarke (1950 – 2018)”

  1. I’ve been really enjoying Overkill recently and reckon I’ll give that a listen later. Sad news… but can you imagine how much noise is happening ‘upstairs’? There’s a new act in town, heavenly dudes…

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  2. Nice write up Sir!
    For me though as much as No Sleep To Hammersmith is a classic its the Fastway debut that is so good such a left turn in Fast Eddies playing that no one mentions….that whole debut is a monster

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