On January 10 “Fast” Eddie Clarke died in a London hospital as a result of pneumonia at the age of 67. With his death, all of the iconic members of the British heavy metal band Motorhead are gone.

Bandmates Lemmy and Phil both died in 2015; Phil as a result of liver failure and Lemmy from cancer.


Prior to becoming a part of Motorhead in 1976, Clarke was a member of several bands including Bitter End, Zeus, and Blue Goose. He left the band in 1982 over creative differences, and later formed Fastaway. While he never officially returned to Motorhead as a full member of the band, he did make several on stage appearances.


He was born Edward Allen Clarke on October 5, 1950 in London, England. He was a teen before he started playing the guitar. While Eric Clapton earned the nickname of slow hand for his deliberate guitar playing, Clarke earned his nickname of “Fast” Eddie for his fast guitar playing.

Clarke is predeceased by his bandmates Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor; with no list of familial survivors

Eddie Clarke’s discography with Motorhead:
“On Parole”
“Ace of Spades”
“No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith”
“Iron Fist”


photo credit: By Andrew King – Flickr: Motorhead Port Talbot 1982, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15810408