Phil Taylor

  • Born: September 21, 1954
  • Died: November 11, 2015
  • Location: Hasland, England


Motorhead's former longtime drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died Wednesday evening, according to former guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. Taylor was 61.

Former longtime drummer for the British heavy metal band Motorhead

Motorhead's former longtime drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died Wednesday evening, according to former guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Different things motivate different people. Heavy Rock/Metal has moved me from the moment I first heard it in the early 1970s. When I first heard Taylor, I was blown away by the originality and intuitive playing that Motorhead its unique sound. In addition, good "anything" dosent come from an idle mind. One could see that Phil was an intelligent , beyond comedic personality.

Posted by Tom - CT - coworker   October 16, 2018

Salute to ya Phil!
Special memories of 4 amazing Belfast gigs in the early 80's.
Plus Stafford Bingley, Leeds, Newcastle City Hall and Motorhead's finest hour: Port Vale Metal Holocaust!
Love to ya mate, you'll never be forgotten!

Ted, Belfast/Liverpool

Posted by Ted Mac - Liverpool   March 26, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   December 02, 2016

Thanks for all the great memories. Great drummer and you played rock and roll!


Posted by Jason Mcloughlin - Dublin   December 30, 2015

Philthy Animal Taylor,
A truly great character who shaped my youth with Motorhead in its original guise.
I miss you already, your passing bought tears to a 49 year old man.
I hope you know what fantastic fun times you gave millions worldwide.
I had always hoped for a reforming of your original trio, maybe just as a one off. This dream has gone forever for me.
Please RIP in paradise, you thoroughly deserve it, you are my musical inspiration.
Never forgotten, crazy, tongue in cheek humour. What a man you were.

Graeme Jones,

Posted by Graeme Jones - Birmingham   December 23, 2015

jeebes. belfast .we love you phil. motorhead forever

Posted by GARY adams - belfast   December 12, 2015


With Prayer for friends and family.May you rest In Peace knowing you brought joy to many people on your time here.With Love and Respect Judy

Posted by Judith Thompson - Blackshear, GA   December 09, 2015

Part of the original"Road Crew"is gone! Thank you for rocking the World!

Posted by Rob The Baker - MD   December 04, 2015


R I P Phil you will be sadly missed but never forgotten Thank You for being a part of my life and the hours and hours of pleasure your music gave me

Posted by Paul Carpenter - Seattle, WA   December 01, 2015

great drummer the original line was the bes paul

Posted by A friend   November 26, 2015

With deepest sympathy, we are wishing the family of Phil Taylor, a very talented and highly valued drummer, the peace and comfort that only the God of comfort can provide so abundantly during this sorrowful time. Most of all, persevere in prayer and find joy in precious memories of cherished moments shared with him.

Posted by Dianne - FL   November 24, 2015

It's ironic that i was setting up my drums for a gig, when someone told me the news.
Phil...i know you'll be playing your drums right now in Heaven, with all the other greats who left us over the years.

Rest In Peace. The World isn't the same without you playing Motorhead on those drums.

Posted by Garry Lennox - Toronto, ON   November 20, 2015

Phil we will always love ya
Rest in Peace

Posted by Manuel Ortega - Aesch , Switzerland   November 19, 2015

Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the God (Psalm 83:18) of all comfort, provide the Taylor family with the needed strength to endure the loss of your loved one.

Posted by J Evans - Atlanta, GA   November 18, 2015

RIP Philthy! See You in Heaven! Sometimes

Posted by Matthias Schulze - Monroe, OR   November 17, 2015

Offering condolences for your loss. May God's loving kindness (John 3:16) bring comfort during times of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   November 16, 2015

Still hasn't sunk in, devastated. Phil was an extraordinary drummer, funniest man I knew and a loyal, true friend who was loved by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed, but will never be forgotten, he has left so many memories and I was fortunate enough to have known him for over 40 years.
God speed Phil.
See ya down the road somewhere.
Keep rocking wherever you are.
Love as always
Izzy x

Posted by Izzy Wildheart - London   November 16, 2015

sorry for your loss

Posted by joanne oellermann - bogota, NJ   November 15, 2015

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you.

Posted by Tina - TX   November 15, 2015


great drummer, rest in peace and, condolences to the taylor family. another angel in the rock n' roll heaven band.

Posted by terry martini - adelanto, CA   November 14, 2015


Soar free, for you are no longer ill.

Posted by - TX   November 14, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   November 14, 2015

Posted by Ramona Ellison    November 14, 2015

So sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in John11:11-14.
He is at peace,and resting. So says Gods word the Bible

Posted by RDR - IL   November 14, 2015

Sorry for the loss,may God be with the family,and give you peace...

Posted by A friend   November 14, 2015


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   November 13, 2015

The music will live on forever -Thanks -RIP

Posted by Rob orzelski - HI   November 13, 2015

my hero for years he will be missed by all RIP

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2015

My sincere condolences to the Taylor family on your loss of Phil. May you find comfort from God's word."Throw all your burdens on him cause he cares for you."(1Peter5:7)

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2015

Phil's drumming changed all of our lives. There's a massive void in Rock n Roll since wednesday. All the best to the family.

Posted by Sean Connor - boston, MA   November 13, 2015

May the family & friends have the peace and comfort they need to sustain them during this difficult time. For there will come a time when He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces. And all sickness & pain will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2015

Dear family, may the God of all comfort give you the strength to endure the loss of your loved one, Phil. (Psalm 83:18) And, may you be comforted by the support of friends and family during this time.

Posted by - Shaker Heights, OH   November 13, 2015

To the family & friends Phil Taylor we are so sorry for your loss. Times like these can be very difficult so pray constantly. Phillipians 4:6-7 admonishes us to throw our anxiety on our Heavenly Father he in turn will strengthen you and place peace upon your mind and heart. I hope you all are able to find comfort and heal very soon.

Posted by AMS - NC   November 13, 2015

Very sorry for your loss. My condolence go out to the family of Phil Taylor.

Posted by Tammy Davis - Nashville, TN   November 13, 2015

i was philthy's drum tech on 1988 and 1992 world tour... the guy was amazing and had such a sense of humor. incrdible stories... we were all off our heads! lived a lifetime of fun in those years. RIP phil...
andrew B

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2015

Dear Phil, I hope that you are in the Great Music Hall in the Heavens now...peace always, Tara

Posted by Tara - Gun Barrel City, TX - Friend   November 12, 2015

My deepest condolences to the family.
May God of peace, console the family
during the loss of your beloved one.
May the heavenly Father guide and
give you the needed strength during
the days ahead.
(Psalms 121)

TE, Louisiana

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2015

He lives on in his music for generations to come. My deep condolences to his family.

Posted by - Charlotte, NC   November 12, 2015

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   November 12, 2015

Rest in Paradise, Mr. Taylor. Thanks for the tunes!

Posted by Monica Kincaid - Washington, UT   November 12, 2015

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   November 12, 2015


Rest In Peace Phil.

Posted by G M - MUNCIE, IN   November 12, 2015


Rest In Peace

Posted by G M - MUNCIE, IN   November 12, 2015

Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out

Posted by Loretta Brewer - Blue Island, IL   November 12, 2015

I am taken by surprise by his passing and feel horrible for his dear friends and family.

Posted by Paul Cardot - Cranford, NJ   November 12, 2015

Taylor family I'm very sorry for your loss..May the True God supply you with peace that surpasses all understanding. Phillipians 4:6&7

Posted by L - FL   November 12, 2015

You will be missed Philthy animal..enjoy seeing you many times!!! RIP

Posted by James - Sparta, TN   November 12, 2015

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Motorhead's former longtime drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died Wednesday evening, according to former guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. Taylor was 61.