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Lemmy's tribute as ex-Motorhead drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor dies at 61

Published 12/11/2015

Phil Taylor was the band's drummer from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992
Phil Taylor was the band's drummer from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992

Motorhead frontman Lemmy has led tributes to Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, saying he is "devastated" over his death.

The 69-year-old rocker said he felt "very sad" when he heard about the band's former drummer, who died on November 11, aged 61.

Taylor played with the heavy metal group from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 alongside Lemmy and guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke.

Lemmy said: " I'm feeling very sad at the moment, in fact devastated because one of my best friends died yesterday. I miss him already.

"His name was Phil Taylor, or Filthy Animal, and he was our drummer twice in our career. Now he's died and it really pisses me off that they take somebody like him and leave George Bush alive. So muse on that."

He added: "We're still going, we're still going strong, it's just first Wurzel and now Filthy, it's a shame, man. I think this rock n roll business might be bad for the human life. Oh well."

Clarke wrote on his official Facebook page: "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!"

A post on Motorhead's Facebook page also paid tribute to their former drummer.

It said: "Lil' Philthy ... he who once shouted 'stop wincing about' on an album ... he who fuelled 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 ... with much love."

Grammy-award winners Motorhead are perhaps best known for their single Ace Of Spades, while the fanged face that appears on their album artwork has become one of rock's most recognisable figures.

Taylor, from Chesterfield, played on all of the group's major albums, including Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and live recording No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

He replaced Motorhead's first drummer, Lucas Fox, during the making of their first recording On Parole in 1975.

According to the band's website, Taylor quit in February 1984 after the band recorded a version of Ace of Spades for the television series The Young Ones.

After rejoining Motorhead in 1987, Taylor was fired in 1992 during the recording of the March or Die album after he did not learn the drum tracks on the song I Ain't Not Nice Guy.

He played his last gig with the group at Irvine Meadows in California in March 1992.

Taylor reunited with Kilmister and Clarke on stage at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena in November 2014, only for the drummer to wave to the crowd and leave.

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