The news was confirmed on the band’s Facebook account, reporting that the singer had died suddenly, with further details to be revealed in due course.
The statement reads:
“It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters.
“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. More news will follow.”
Tributes from ageing old punk rockers have been flooding in.
Eddie And The Hot Rods were formed in Essex in 1975 and went on to release their debut album Teenage Depression the following year.
Although, it was 1977’s Life On The Line album which saw the band hit the spotlight thanks to hit single “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, which peaked at no.9 in the UK charts.
The band went through many lineup changes over the years, with Masters the only constant member.
Eddie And The Hot Rods also gave legendary punk band the Sex Pistols their first show, when Johnny Rotten and his gang opened for the band at London’s Marquee Club.
The show famous for what saw the Pistols trash the Hot Rods gear, Masters said years later whilst reflecting on the show “They couldn’t get any work so it came about through my manager and Malcolm McLaren.
When they smashed up our equipment young Johnny Rotten had a severe telling off that that’s not how to behave.”
Eddie And The Hot Rods toured earlier this year with Stiff Little Fingers and also performed at the Thunder In The Glens festival in Scotland in late August.
No cause of death has been confirmed.