Reports have reached The Wyrd Ways Rock Show of the passing of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer in what is widely regarded as the “classic” line-up of Motörhead. He died on Wednesday 11th November at the age of 61.
“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!”
This was posted on Motörhead’s Facebook page:
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…
…and a final message from Lemmy, himself:
Hello this is Lemmy from Motörhead. 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 Philthy 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. We’re still going, we’re still going strong, it’s just first Würzel and now Philthy, it’s a shame man. I think this rock n roll business might be bad for the human life. Oh well.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his friends, family and bandmates, past and present.