2 October 2019
Barrie Masters, frontman of British pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods, has died aged 63. A statement posted to the group’s social media suggested that Masters’s passing was unexpected, describing the “sudden news” as a “huge shock to the band and family”.
Masters was a founding member of the band, which formed in Essex in 1975. The group began their commercial rise in the summer of 1976 with a single and album both named Teenage Depression finding chart success.
The Hot Rods disbanded in 1981 but reformed in 1984, a pattern that would repeat throughout their career. The band’s ninth and final album, 35 Years of Teenage Depression, was released in 2011, primarily reworking songs from their debut.
The group last performed together in April 2019 as part of the ‘Done Everything We Wanna Do’ night in London, which Masters had said heralded the group’s live retirement.