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Whatever Happened To Fastway’s Original Singer Dave King?

Whatever Happened To Fastway's Original Singer Dave King?

When Dave King joined Fastway he was relatively unknown at the time. Fastway was put together by Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and UFO bass player Pete Way.  The name Fastway was a combination of the “Fast” from Eddie Clarke and “Way” from Pete Way.  Ironically, Pete Way left the band before the debut album was released. Fastway recorded four albums with Dave King on vocals, Fastway (1983), All Fired Up (1984), Waiting for the Roar (1985) and Trick or Treat (1986). The latter being the soundtrack for the movie Trick Or Treat which featured cameos from both Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. Fastway disbanded after the Trick Or Treat album, despite it’s successful sales.  Eddie Clarke would later reform Fastway several times with different band members but it never seemed to match the magic that the band had with King on vocals.  Meanwhile King went on to start a new group called “Katmandu” which also featured Mandy Meyer (Former Guitarist For Krokus).  Katmandu only released one self-titled album and later disbanded.

Today, Dave King is the vocalist for the band Flogging Molly. The band mixes a variety of styles including rock and punk with a Irish Celtic sound.  Their first album “Swagger: was released in 2000 and since then the band has reached the #4 position on the Billboard Charts Top 200 and has reached #1 on their Billboard Indie Chart.  The band has continued to be successful over the years and released their sixth studio album in 2017.


About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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