I was in absolute shock when I read the news that a true rock and metal icon passed away today. Lemmy Kilmister is such a legend of the rock and metal business that they’ll never be anyone like him ever again. Motorhead confirmed today that the legendary bassist/vocalist passed away from “a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.” Here is what Motorhead posted on their Facebook page:
There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to lose, lived to win.
Lemmy is one of the most legendary figures who was able to gain respect from all sorts of genres. Punk/hardcore kids liked Motorhead, Metal heads loved Motorhead, and rockers loved the band as well. Name a band that is able to do that these days. He was once a roadie for Jimi Hendrix beforee he went on to join Hawkwind in 1972 before he left to star a band called Bastard in 1975. After being told by his manager that there was no way a band called Bastard would ever make the Top Of The Pops, he changed the band’s name to Motorhead where he would stay for the next 40 years. He would release 22 albums with the band Motorhead and they won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for a cover of Metallica’s Whiplash in 2004 and was nominated three other times as well. I was only able to ever see Motorhead live once in my lifetime and I am happy that I can say that I did considering the fact that Lemmy went through some health setbacks the last couple of years. Lemmy was also an amazing songwriter who wrote brilliant tracks like Mama I’m Coming Home, Hellraiser, Desire, I Don’t Want To Change The World all for Ozzy Osbourne and his album No More Tears. He also made several appearances in films like Airheads, Tromeo And Juliet, Eat The Rich, Terror Firmer, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and many more. There will never be another like Lemmy Kilmister. R.I.P. Lemmy (12/24/1945-12/28/2015)