Former Motörhead and Fastway guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday (January 10th) after a battle with pneumonia at the age of 67. Motörhead has issued the following statement: “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. Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”
Fastway released this statement: “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.”
“Fast” Eddie Clarke appeared on the first five classic Motörhead studio albums from their 1977 debut through 1982’s Iron Fist. He left Motörhead while on tour in the United States with the band following the release of Iron Fist, and went on to form Fastway with former Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, former UFO bassist Pete Way, and singer Dave King. Fastway released their self-titled debut album in 1983, and went on to release six studio albums.
Our thoughts go out to “Fast” Eddie’s family and friends at this time. He will be missed.