Ex-MOTORHEAD Drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor Passes Away At 61

Thursday, 12th November 2015

Former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor died on Wednesday, November 11 at the age of 61.

Taylor’s former MOTÖRHEAD bandmate “Fast” Eddie Clarke posted the following tribute to his colleague: “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!”

Taylor played in MOTÖRHEAD from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1992. He appeared on the band’s debut album, On Parole, and played on a further ten albums, including 1979’s Bomber, 1980’s Ace Of Spades, and 1982’s Iron Fist.

Taylor contributed to MOTÖRHEAD’s 1992 album March Or Die but departed the band during the recording process. The album was completed by drummers Tommy Aldridge and current sticksman Mikkey Dee.

Said Ozzy Osbourne in a statement: “Just heard about Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor’s passing. It’s a terrible terrible loss. He was a great friend — great drummer — a great guy and he will be dearly missed. Today is a very sad day for me. Rest in peace — and he still owes me 500 bucks from that time in Vegas.”