Many of the rock gods and musicians have been quick to tribute the former Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor who died this week at the age of 61.
Best friend and Motörhead frontman Lemmy leads the tributes by speaking to Classic Rock stating that “this rock’n’roll business might be bad for the human life.”
He says,”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 Wurzel and now Filthy, it’s a shame man.”
The band’s Facebook has even posted a small tribute saying: “Lil’ Philthy, he who once shouted, ‘Stop wincing about’ on an album. He who fueled 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.”
Ozzy Osboure contributes by saying, “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.”
At this time, no cause of death is confirmed, but as the weeks role on we can be sure that more tributes will fly in for the great Motörhead drummer.