It’s like a tidal wave of condolences out there for the late Lemmy Kilmister, and rightfully so. From Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of to Slash to Ozzy Osbourne to Eddie Trunk to Scott Ian to the Foo Fighters to Dave Mustaine to Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, and, last but not least, Ice T, it seems that everyone is out there offering some tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, who died on Monday, December 28th. Clearly, the Motörhead frontman’s influence stretches far and wide, and he leaves behind a legacy of no-holds-bar pure ‘n’ roll, which was usually played at a breakneck pace.
More or less, Lemmy got his start in the music business as a roadie for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The he founded Motörhead in 1975, after being dismissed from Hawkwind. After releasing 23 studio albums over the course of the last 4 decades, the band is best-known for the 1980 single “Ace of Spades” (reaching number 15 on the UK charts), from the album of the same name (hitting number 4 on the UK charts). As well, the band’s 1981 album No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith has been their highest rated.
Lemmy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer on December 26th, just two days after his 70th birthday and two days before his death. He lived a hard life, and may he rest in peace. As for you, do as the surviving members of Motörhead suggest:
Play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few.
Rock Hard \m/