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.
The news is circulating about the early morning passing of famed Rock and Metal Producer Chris Tsangarides after a brief illness. Mr. Tsangarides was only 61 years of age. One can easily say that the music industry will really miss his level of skills. Readers of this website will surely know his name from some amazing Heavy Metal artists works that he made even better with his productions. This brief excerpt from his Wikipedia page outlines some that might spark your memory too.
“During the 80s and up to the 90s, Tsangarides became famous on the hard rock and heavy metal scene for the quality of his job and for having produced signature albums, like Anvil’s Metal on Metal in 1982, Thin Lizzy’s acclaimed final studio release Thunder and Lightning in 1983 and the Grammy nominated Painkiller by Judas Priest in 1990. He worked in those years with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Y&T, Tygers of Pan Tang, Anthem, Sinner, King Diamond, Ian Gillan and produced also Bruce Dickinson’s first solo album Tattooed Millionaire (1990). The 90s saw Tsangarides still at work with metal bands like Exodus, Overkill, Judas Priest again with the album Painkiller, the Japanese Loudness and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, but he also produced the British gothic rock act The Sisters of Mercy and the alternative rock groups The Tragically Hip and Concrete Blonde”.
It was reported that a combination of heart failure and pneumonia were the cause of his passing. As all the most pertinent information about the famous producer can be found on his Wiki entry, I am deferring the readership over to there so they can learn even more about him. There are more bands whose skills he made all the brighter with his talents and we have to thank him for that. My most recent memory of him was seeing him in the Anvil movie when the band was hoping to get him to work on their latest release of the time. Thank you Chris for helping make Metal and Hard Rock greater with your touch, you will be missed for sure. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans at this time. Rest In Peace. What was your favorite album that he worked on and what made this the case? Please let us know down in the comments section below.
Sadly, it seems that The Band in the Great Beyond has brought on another member, as New Jersey’s own Pat Dinizio, a founding member of The Smithereens has passed away at the age of 62. The musician had been dealing with numerous health issues over the recent months but was looking forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible. A statement from the members of the band is below:
“Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together. Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday”. Jimmy, Mike, Dennis (December 12, 2017) Continue reading The Smithereens Founder Pat Dinizio Has Passed Away (1955-2017)→
Earlier this morning, a promoter friend had posted a reflective word of “thanks” to former Nevermore current Sanctuary singer Warrel Dane and after some initial shock the news hit his online community of friends and associates like a steel rod to the jar. Warrel Dane had indeed passed away only a few hours earlier. The singer suffered a heart attack while in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He was 56 years of age.
The first time that I ever heard Warrel sing was when he was in the band Sanctuary, and was the song “Future Tense” that I found being a part of a compilation cassette that a friend had given me. It was some sort of record label promotional thing and while I was hooked on the track, I never got around to finding the album nor seeing the band. The above and below photos hail from a Sanctuary appearance in 2012 when they were a reunited group. They sounded terrific for sure and it brought a lot of people back in time. It was the first of three times that I would get to see the band performing.
We’re saddened today to learn of the passing of the great Malcolm Young, the brother of Angus and co-founder of the legendary Australian band AC/DC. Back in 2014, the rhythm guitarist stepped down from his role in the band due to health concerns. He was in the early stages of dementia and after several months of speculation on his return or not, the management announced he had retired from the band. Sadly, the effects of Alzheimer’s would end up being the cause of his demise at 64 years of age. Malcolm’s passing leaves only Angus as the remaining original member of the band at this point in history. I’ve been a fan of the band since the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” album, but only ever saw them in concert once and that was during a business trip when I learned they were playing in the same town I was staying. I loved their music and always am sad when one of the founding icons leaves us. Alzheimer’s is no joke in terms of what it does to you and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of cure or means to stem it off. A shame. To learn more about the musicians life you can hit his official Wikipedia entry since it’s all there. We wish his family, band mates and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences during this time. Rest in Peace Mr. Young and thanks so very much for sending us down the highway to hell and to be flies on the wall of every dirty deed being done dirt cheap. We salute you 🙂