The last surviving member of classic Motörhead line-up “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died

"A true rock n' roller"

Tributes have been paid after the death of “Fast Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of the original and classic Motörhead line-up, was announced

Clarke played with the hard rock legends on self-titled debut album, ‘Overkill’ and ‘Bomber’, as well as 1the seminal ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Iron Fist’. Unhappy with ‘Iron Fist’, he left the band on their 1982 US tour before forming the band Fastway.

He was the last surviving member of the original and classic Motörhead line-up, after frontman Lemmy died in 2015, shortly after drummer Phil ‘Filthy Animal’ Taylor.

The news was confirmed today on Motörhead’s Facebook page. Read the full tribute below:

“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 FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…

“Phil Campbell said, “JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARK HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.”

“Mikkey Dee said, ““OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, THE LAST OF THE THREE AMIGOS. I SAW EDDIE NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. SO THIS IS A COMPLETE SHOCK. ME AND EDDIE ALWAYS HIT IT OFF GREAT. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE UK THIS SUMMER WHEN WE COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…NOW LEM AND PHILTHY CAN JAM WITH EDDIE AGAIN, AND IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR THEM, SO WATCH OUT!!! MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EDDIE’S FAMILY AND CLOSE ONES.”

“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”

It was also announced this week that the remaining members of the latest Motörhead line-up would be touring in honour of their late comrades – but with special guest vocalists.

“We’re not gonna be touring with it,” Campbell told Rock Talk. “We’re gonna get these people involved and [we have to be mindful of] their schedules as well. We’ll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good — a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah. But it wouldn’t be an ongoing thing; everyone’s too busy.

“But [we want to] do something special. We’re still trying to work on that now.”