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Larry Wallis (Motorhead, Pink Fairies, etc) has passed away

Larry Wallis

Guitarist/producer Larry Wallis has passed away at age 70. No cause of death has been revealed.

Perhaps most famously, Wallis was the original guitarist of Motorhead, before longtime guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke (who passed away in 2018 joined, solidifying the classic lineup with Lemmy (who passed away in 2015) and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (who passed away in 2015). Wallis played on Motorhead’s On Parole, which was intended to be their first album, but shelved and not released until 1979, after Motorhead had released three other albums and Wallis was no longer in the band.

Wallis was also a member of psychedelic/proto-punk legends Pink Fairies, and was in related band Shagrat with Mick Farren of The Deviants. Later in his post-Motorhead career, he would play with resurrected versions of both the Pink Fairies and The Deviants, and in other Mick Farren projects like Mick Farren & The Good Guys. He was also the in-house producer for Stiff Records in the late ’70s and produced albums for Nick Lowe, The Adverts, Wreckless Eric, and more.

Rest in peace, Larry. Your contributions to music won’t be forgotten.

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