“Fast” Eddie Clarke, former Motörhead guitarist, died with 67 years, after contracting pneumonia.
After the news was confirmed by the official Facebook of the band, countless musicians used their social networks to honor the guitarist.
Phil Campbell, Saxon, Slash, Duff McKagan, Scott Ian and Lars Ulrich are some of Clarke’s friends and colleagues who posted a few words about him.
Take a look:
Very sorry to hear today the sad news about Eddie Clarke… his iconic riffs inspired many and will remain dear in our hearts…. RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE
— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 11, 2018
All of us at Fastway HQ are absolutely heartbroken to have to post this – we have lost a legend.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
RIP Fast Eddie pic.twitter.com/d1itpOG0xG
— Fastway (@FastwayOfficial) January 11, 2018
We've just heard our good friend Fast Eddie Clarke has died.
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and family. He will be greatly missed, but he's gone to join Phil and Lemmy. We have great memories of our times with him.
— Saxon (@SaxonOfficial) January 11, 2018
— Girlschool Enid (@enidgirlschool) January 11, 2018
RIP Fast Eddie.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) January 11, 2018
I remember when I bought Ace of Spades. I ran home from the record store and played the record over and over, staring at that album cover and all I could think of was-who are these crazy Mexicans and how the hell do they play so fast? RIP Eddie. MOTÖRHEAD FOREVER!!!
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Thank you for the riffs.
Thank you for the solos.
Thank you for the attitude.
Thank you for being in the coolest band.
Thank you for inspiring me to go down the same path.#rip #fasteddie #motorhead pic.twitter.com/wZGBoqEyXS
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) January 11, 2018
The last ace has left us. Fast Eddie lives on through his
music, may he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/UbswO0eKRJ
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) January 11, 2018
Life and Career
“Fast” Eddie Clarke, former Motörhead guitarist, died with 67 years, with pneumonia. The news was confirmed by the official Facebook of the band with the following message:
“We are devastated by the news we received earlier today. Edward Allan Clarke – or as everyone knows ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke – passed away yesterday. Ted Carroll (founder of Chiswick Records) gave the sad news on his Facebook after Doug Smith told him that Fast Eddie died peacefully in the hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia (…)
Fast Eddie, keep roaring and making Rock ‘N’ Roll because your family Motörhead would not expect less than that !!!
Rest in Peace Fast Eddie Clarke October 5, 1950 – January 10, 2018. ”
Time with Motörhead
Clarke was introduced to Lemmy by drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in the 70’s and he soon joined the band.
The musician was part of Motörhead’s first studio album, self-titled, released in 1977 and also played in Overkill (1979), Bomber (1979), Ace Of Spades (1980) and Iron Fist (1982). Their departure was announced shortly after the release of this last album claiming that they did not like the direction they took on the album.
Upon leaving the band, Clarke joined Pete Way, a former UFO bassist, and formed Fastway which released seven studio albums, the latest in 2011, Dog Eat Dog.
We from Rock and Roll Garage are truly sorry for this lost. Motörhead is now complete in heaven or hell. The only certainty is that they are now playing louder than ever!
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