I hadn’t even finished the first cup of the morning coffee when I started hearing the buzz about the passing of former Motorhead/Fastway guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke. He was 67 years of age and was apparently in the hospital being treated for pneumonia. Thanks to “Fast” Eddie, the world of Heavy Rock and Metal were never the same as so many of the Motorhead songs became timeless classics.
Born Edward Allen Clarke, he was a very active musician even before he would hook up with Lemmy and Phil in around 1976 and begin making history. Together, these three formed a lineup that is still revered to this very day as its most classic. “Fast” Eddie was not only a part of the bands very first album but so many other seminal classics like “Bomber”, “Overkill”, “Iron Fist”, “Ace Of Spades” and of course the live album that everyone I knew owned at one time or another in “No Sleep Til Hammersmith”. After leaving Motorhead based on creative differences (as it always happens), “Fast” Eddie would form Fastway with former UFO Bassist Pete Way (get it? Fast and Way? Wonderful). I used to catch both bands videos on a channel called U68 and their “Power Hour”. Look it up, its rather popular and important to a lot of certain age Rock and Metal fans. Sadly, despite my deep appreciation for the Rock and Metal here, I never ever saw Eddie in Motorhead or even Fastway. Motorhead toured often but I don’t really know how often the latter band was in the states or if I was even seeing shows yet based on my vintage. It’s a sad loss and like so many of our other memorial toasts, my words just briefly touch upon his talents as interested folks can learn more by clicking through to his official Wikipedia entry since all the things you need to know have been already written down.
Being an active local musician way back in the day I can admit to knowing many guitarists who aimed at learning the sonic riffs of “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Some succeeded while others really didn’t. While there are so many amazing songs that he was a part of, if you have a copy of the “No Remorse” compilation release this will give you a fine example of what made “Fast Eddie Clarke so special to us. We’ve lost so many musicians over the last couple of years and so many of them still resonate a few years later. We wish his family, friends, fellow musicians and the worldwide fans that he made over the years the deepest of condolences. Rest In Peace Eddie and thank you for all the great riffs. If you should hear a rumble in the skies tonight, it’s because the classic lineup of Motorhead is back in the rehearsal space. Fans are encouraged to leave their fondest memory of “Fast” Eddie Clarke down in the comments below.
Though I wanted to get this online yesterday for the actual anniversary, I’ve been a bit numb at the news of the passing of the great Adam West whose death we had to address for our “In Memoriam” section. Now that some reflection has been done in his memory it’s time to speak about the 40th Anniversary of the single “Motorhead” by the band of the very same name. Now this is the bands second single as their first was “Leaving Here” but I felt that this one was more worthy of a toast. The song is actually a number that was written by Lemmy for the band Hawkwind who he was a member of for a few years. This was the last song that he would write for them before being dismissed for substance abuse. Fans of the tune should find a version by Hawkwind since it’s so incredibly different from the one so many of us have some to love. Continue reading Motorhead’s “Motorhead” Single Hits “40” (1977-2017)→
Last night, the memory of the late great Motorhead bassist Mr. Lemmy Kilmister was forever immortalized with the installation of a life-size bronze statue that was unveiled at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill. The musician was very well known at the Rainbow because during the many years that he lived in the immediate vicinity, he could often be found at a space at the bar playing a video poker machine. While I was unable to be a part of the unveiling, I learned that a musician from my neighborhood had taken the trip out there to be a part of the night. Thanks to him, I have a few photos from the scene and some inside scoop about the event. Behind that sign is the statue and the unveiling was going to be soon.
It’s with great sadness that I must share the news that the great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead has passed away. The musician, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister, was plagued by health issues over the last couple of years but seemed to be coming along from them with proper rest. He was 70 years old and had just celebrated this milestone of a birthday on Christmas Eve. Hard Rock music and Metal on the whole have lost one of their most iconic figures. The photos below are from a group of images taken during the Jones Beach Theater performance in September. It would be their last concert in NY and sadly now the last time that many of us would see them based on today’s news.
At the show that I caught back in September I discussed with many of my friends how tired Lemmy had looked and perhaps he needed to quietly say “hey gang its been great but this is too much for me at long last” but he didn’t stop pushing and instead did a score of more shows and then the Motorboat Cruise. This man was the living embodiment of the Rock and Roll spirit and nothing was doing to get in his way or stop him from doing this as he saw fit to do so. His famous nickname is alleged to have come from his habit of asking people to “lemme a quid (fiver) till Friday”. Continue reading Amps Off: Lemmy Kilmister Has Passed Away (12/24/1945-12/28/2015)→
The mighty Motorhead was hitting the beach hard with a wall of sound that sent ripples out to sea. Their show would also feature Anthrax and Crobot and the concert was documented in full on THIS LINK. Here is the photo gallery that we captured during their set.