Perhaps the living embodiment of rock n roll and one of the greatest bass players ever, Lemmy was deeply loved in our parish for his iconic presence, his bass growl, his killer songs, his image and his deeply intelligent and yet no bullshit personnae.
His whole life reads like a history of rock n roll from roading with Jimi Hendrix, to playing in the Rocking Vicars in my hometown of Blackpool in the sixties, being the main engine in Space Ritual Hawkwind and singing ‘Silver Machine’ and of course for Motorhead – one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time.
I’ve interviewed him several times and he was funny, unapologetic and full of on the road work wisdom and was one of the last few people in rock n roll who was 100 per cent himself. Fashions came and went and there was Lemmy being himself in the middle of the whirlwind. He was gruff and bluff but also hyper smart and had a heart of gold and made a fantastic racket that touched anyone who had a rock n roll heart.
It really did feel like Lemmy would live forever – all the whisky and speed kept him more than alive for decades and we did really believe that he would outlive us all. One thing is for certain his music will.
Rock n roll and the world will be a far, far emptier place without Lemmy.
See you on the other side…
Official statement from Motorhead website…
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.