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Phil Taylor: Trailblazing Motorhead Drummer Dies At 61

Thu, November 12, 2015 7:21pm EDT by Beth Shilliday Add first Comment
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It’s a sad day for the heavy metal world with news trailblazing Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor has passed away at 61 after a long illness. His fellow bandmate broke the bad news via social media, and fans are giving an outpouring of praise to the legendary rocker.

Sad sews! Phil Taylor, the drummer for Motorhead who changed metal with his pioneering double bass drum kit has passed away at just 61-years-old. His band mate “Fast” Eddie Clark revealed that Phil, who was also known by his nickname “Lil’ Philthy,” had been sick for some time, but he didn’t disclose the cause of death.

“My dear friend and brother passed away last night,” Eddie wrote on Facebook Nov. 12. “He had been ill for some time 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!” he shared.

“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, Derbyshireman…rest in peace,” a post on the band’s official Facebook read. “With much love.” Fans left many messages following the announcement, recalling having their ears Motorhead concerts and their lives changed by the pioneering metal sound.

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Phil influenced many British punk and metal bands in the 1980’s with his power, speed, rapid fire rolls and his trailblazing double bass drum kit. He was with Motorhead from their inception in 1975 to 1984, when he briefly left the British metal heads, but rejoined the group  from 1987 to 1992. He appeared on the band’s debut album, On Parole, and played on ten more of the band’s albums, including their super classic and highly influential 1980 release Ace of Spades.

HollywoodLifers, share your thoughts on Phil’s passing in the comments section below. Our thoughts are with Phil’s family, friends and many fans.

— Beth Shilliday