Rest in Peace, Motorhead and Fastway Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke (1950-2018)

Rest in Peace, Motorhead and Fastway Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke (1950-2018)

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.

Clarke, Kilmister (who passed in 2015) and Taylor (who also passed in 2015) comprised Motorhead’s “core” lineup. They’ll all be missed.

News of Clarke’s passing prompted social media remembrances from throughout the rock realm:

May he rest in peace.

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