Barrie Masters, the frontman of rock back Eddie & the Hot Rods, has died at the age of 63.
Masters, who formed the band in the Canvey Island area of Essex back in 1965 alongside guitarist Dave Higgs, Steve Nicol and bassist Rob Steele, remained the only constant member of the group amid their numerous comebacks.
“It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters,” the band confirmed in a statement posted to their official social media channels.
“As you can expect, this sudden news is a huge shock to the band and family. We welcome tributes posted to our Facebook and Twitter sites, which will be passed on to Barrie’s family.”
The band rose to fame in the 1970s and their hit song, ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, remains their lasting legacy after the track secured a top 10 spot in the charts upon its release in 1977.
The band were also made famous a year prior to the release of their hit song when one of their support acts, the one and only Sex Pistols who were playing their first ever gig, threw the performance at London’s Marquee Club into chaos when the Pistols started smashing up all of the Hot Rod’s gear.
The Hot Rods, under the guidance of Masters, went on to release nine studio albums since their debut in 1976 with the most recent, 35 Years of Teenage Depression arriving in 2011 to celebrate the anniversary of their debut record.
RIP Barrie Masters.