Motörhead's Founding Guitarist Larry Wallis Dies at 70
He was also a member of the Pink Fairies and a producer for seminal punk label Stiff Records
Published Sep 20, 2019Following the deaths of Eddie Clarke last year and both Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor in 2015, another Motörhead member has passed away. Founding guitarist Larry Wallis — who also played in cult psych group the Pink Fairies — has died at the age of 70.
News of Wallis' death on Thursday (September 19) was confirmed on the official Motörhead website. That said, his cause of death was not revealed.
Born in the U.K., Wallis got his first big break by briefly joining UFO in 1972. That same year, he then replaced Mick Wayne in the hugely influential Pink Fairies.
By 1975, Wallis was tapped by Kilmister for Motörhead, playing on the band's On Parole album, which was shelved for four years before its eventual release in 1979. Wallis left Motörhead in 1976, but was also credited as a co-writer on the band's hit "Vibrator."
After his time in the band, Wallis went on to work at the seminal punk label Stiff Records. He recorded his own song "Police Car / On Parole," which was produced by Nick Lowe. He also produced two albums for Wreckless Eric.
Over the years, Wallis wold emerge to release his own music sporadically, and he reunited with the Pink Fairies in 1987.