Motorheads original guitarist Larry Willis has died at age 70.
Motörhead said no cause of death has been revealed at the time of writing.
While a member of the Pink Fairies, Wallis jumped ship and joined Motörhead in May 1975 with Lemmy and drummer Lucas Fox, who was to be replaced by Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor the same year.
From September 1975 to February 1976, he played on what was intended to be Motörhead’s first album and wrote the track ‘On Parole’, and co-wrote ‘Fools’ and ‘Vibrator’. The group also recorded a version of the Pink Fairies’ ‘City Kids’.
Ultimately the album was shelved and left unreleased. However, buoyed by the success of the commercial success of ‘Overkill’ and ‘Bomber’, United Artists released the album as ‘On Parole’ in December 1979 despite this going against the bands wishes.
Wallis would later spend some time with UFO in 1972. Larry would later go on to become an in house producer for Stiff Records and rejoined a reformed Pink Faries as well as helming two Wreckless Eric albums.