Heavy metal fans woke Thursday to sad news: ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, longtime guitarist for Motörhead and the last surviving member of the iconic band’s classic lineup, has passed away at the age of 67.
Clarke was a member of Motorhead alongside Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor from 1976 until 1982, when he left the band during a tour after the release of the album Iron Fist. Clarke then formed a new band, Fastway, with bassist Pete Way of UFO — and Fastway carried on for years, releasing an album as recently as 2011.
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
News of Clarke’s passing prompted social media remembrances from throughout the rock realm:
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
Heartbreak across the globe today. https://t.co/L0APgv3DWz
— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) January 11, 2018
RIP Fast Eddie Clarke
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) 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
May he rest in peace.