RIP ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke of Motörhead

Eddie Clarke, nicknamed ‘Fast Eddie’, of legendary rock band Motörhead, has died at the age of 67, as reported on the band’s Facebook page.

The three Motörhead band members, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass, Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke guitar, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor drums, now sadly all gone, play one of my favourite rock anthems, in Ace of Spades. I wrote this, about the song, a while ago HERE,

Released in 1980, Ace of Spades is the definitive Motörhead anthem. It’s brash, fast, loud, and raucous. A true classic heavy metal style rock song. The three bands members, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass,  Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke guitar, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor drums, make one helluva noise. Again this YouTube video, while not up to the quality or the popularity of later versions, has the necessary raw energy.

In 2007 I wrote here about Fast Eddie being mentioned in a parliamentary debate, and Lemmy is wont to relate the importance of the West Midlands in heavy metal rock history.

Black Sabbath’s farewell concert in Birmingham today

Another end of an era. With Lemmy Kilmister death, Mötorhead are no more. Don’t think Status Quo will be the same without Rick Parfitt, and now Black Sabbath play their farewell concert in Birmingham, fittingly in their home town.

Bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tommy Iommi and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne will give their all – wished I could be there. Ozzy says he’ll be tearful.

I could’ve picked Paranoid as one of their popular rock tunes – but no, here’s Iron Man, all almost six minutes of heavy metal.

RIP Lemmy, lead singer and bassist of Motörhead

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Sad news. Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass of rock band Motörhead has died aged 70.

The band’s, Ace of Spades track, is one of my top ten all time great rock albums. Released in 1980, it’s the definitive Motörhead anthem, brash, fast, loud, and raucous. A true classic heavy metal style rock song. The three band members, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass,  Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke guitar, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor drums, make one helluva noise. This YouTube video below, while not up to the quality or the popularity of later versions, has the necessary raw energy.

In 2007 I wrote about Fast Eddie being mentioned in a parliamentary debate, and Lemmy is wont to relate the importance of the West Midlands in heavy metal rock history.

Turn up the volume and enjoy.