Hasland-born Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor, former Motorhead drummer, dies

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The former drummer of Motorhead has died aged 61.

Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor was born in Hasland and joined the rock band in 1975.

After appearing in BBC comedy The Young Ones in 1984, Mr Taylor left the band.

He rejoined Motorhead alongside Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister and guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke in 1987 after saying he “regretted leaving” and he continued playing with them until 1992.

He features on all the band’s hits, including Ace of Spades and Overkill.

Mr Clarke confirmed Mr Taylor’s death on Facebook on Thursday night.

He said: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night.

“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.”

Mr Clarke said Mr Taylor had been ill for some time and said that it “does not make it any easier when the time finally comes”.

Commenting on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Si Brown said: “In my opinion they should erect a statue in Eastwood park in his honour. He influenced so many young drummers including myself.”