Phil Taylor: Ex-Motorhead Drummer dies at age 61
Phil Taylor: Ex-Motorhead Drummer dies at age 61

Phil Taylor: Ex-Motorhead Drummer dies at “age 61”

Former Motorhead star Phil Taylor has died. He was 61.

The drummer passed away on Wednesday night.

Former Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!”

Motorhead’s official Facebook account was updated with the following message: “”Lil’ Philthy…he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album…he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles…he who played the drums with fury and intent…he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while…friend, Roman, Yorkshireman…rest in peace. With much love…”

The British-born musician joined Motorhead during the 1975 sessions for the band’s debut album, 1979’s On Parole. He left the band for a few years in the mid-’80s but returned, and finally left the band for good in the early ’90s. Almost exactly a year ago, last November, he appeared on stage with Motorhead during a show in Birmingham, UK. The photo above shows Taylor (second from the left) on-stage with Motörhead in 2014.

Phil Taylor played in various other projects over the years, and he spent a stint as Frankie Miller’s drummer in the ’80s. That being said, Motorhead was by far his best-known gig.


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