News and happenings from the world of your favourite guitarists
Guitarist was saddened to hear former Motörhead guitarist Edward Allen Clarke, more famously known as ‘Fast Eddie’, passed away on 10 January in hospital aged 67 after contracting pneumonia. Alongside late drummer Phil ‘Animal’ Taylor and frontman Lemmy, he was guitarist for the best-known line-up of the band, recording their first four albums – including the 1979 classic Overkill and the following year’s Ace Of Spades – before he was replaced by former Thin Lizzy man Brian Robertson after his departure in 1982. Clarke was the last surviving member of the classic Motörhead trio – Taylor died from liver failure in November 2015 and Lemmy succumbed to cancer the following month.
In a recent interview, Eric Clapton has revealed that he’s losing his hearing. “The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and being proficient,” he admitted to BBC2 while promoting new documentary
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars. “I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work,” he said. But he confirmed he still plans to play live: “I’m hoping people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because, I’m a curiosity. I know that’s part of it,” he added, “It’s amazing to myself that I’m still here.” The 72-year-old legend is yet to elaborate on the exact nature of his hearing issues.
Like its parent company Gibson, Epiphone didn’t attend the NAMM show but it’s still got a n ew signature model to announce – the Anaconda Burst Slash Les Paul Standard will please those who couldn’t stump for the recent Gibson versions. There’s two versions, Standard Plus Top Pro Premium ($1,199) limited to 100 guitars signed by Slash on the back of the headstock. Electrics on all models (non-signed $899) are uncovered Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II Pro humbuckers and Sprague Orange Drop capacitors.
As Alter Bridge and Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy heads out on a solo acoustic UK tour in March supporting his
Year Of The Tiger debut (out 9 March), he’s leaving most of the instruments he used for recording at home. “I don’t want to take out any of my vintage acoustics,” he tells us. “Obviously the road wouldn’t be kind to them. With that said, I’m looking at performing with a Gibson Southern Jumbo, a Martin 000-EC, a PRS Angelus and a Taylor 614. I’m going to need a few guitars since I’m using various altered tunings. As far as resonators go, the National NRP sounds great, so that’ll be my touring go-to.”