Condolences for Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015)
Like all Motörhead fans, many of us here feel a connection to the rebel spirit and music of Motörhead. As Lemmy himself was anything but pretentious, we won’t ramble on. Here are just a few words, thoughts, and pictures about this irreplaceable founder, vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and LEGEND.
Go here for the official announcement about the passing of Lemmy, and for condolences from many of Lemmy’s peers. And in case anyone was wondering, drummer Mikkey Dee has confirmed that the band is over.
I have been a fan of Lemmy and Motorhead since mid 80’s when I first heard the classics from the radio. Some older people in my neighbors owned some original vinyls so I get to learn more from them. I think that the first song I ever heard was “Overkill” but it was “Killed by Death” which blow my world. My first Motörhead vinyl ever was ORGMASMATRON and ROCK’N ROLL followed soon. “Eat The Rich” ruled! Many people say that the classic era albums are the best but I disagree with that. My personal favorites from all Motorhead albums are BASTARDS, SACRIFICE and 1916.
I’ve witnessed the band live more than 20 times. The first time was in 1999 when the band played in Nummirock Festival. Later on I’ve seen them many times in Helsinki and Swedenrock and also in Ruisrock, Ankkarock, Stockholm and more.
During the years I arranged some funny interviews with the band. The one with Mikkey Dee did lot of headlines when it was released. And another one with Phil Campbell even ended up in the bonus disc of The Lemmy Movie (at least it was funny session for the band). smile emoticon
I started to take photos of the band in 1999 and now I decided to pick up some of my favorite Motorhead shots during the years.
So here’s my tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead collected in one photo. Hope you like it !
Once again. RIP Lemmy!!!
HERE ARE PICTURES FROM THEIR LAST EVER SHOW IN FINLAND DECEMBER 6, 2015
I’ve been a fan of Motörhead since sometime in the mid-80’s. My introduction was via the metal video show called the Power Hour on Canada’s Much Music. If I remember correctly, it was the video for “Killed by Death” which really left an impression on me. If only Lemmy would explode from the grave riding his motorcycle like in the video….
Sadly, I never did get the opportunity to speak with, or meet, Lemmy. Like most other fans, we knew him though his music/lyrics, interviews, his excellent 2002 autobiography, “White Line Fever”, and the book “Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead” (2011) by Joel McIver. I found that not only was I a big fan of his music, but that I shared many of his opinions on politics and religion. I did not share his love for alcohol/substances, but from all accounts, he always kept it together and shockingly did so until he was 70. He lived it all, seen it all, and one can only imagine how many kilometers of this earth he has covered, places seen, the many hours spent entertaining.
While he has left us in body, through his music, and though us, his fans, he is immortal. Thank you Lemmy, thank Motörhead.
Long Live Lemmy!
I discovered Motörhead around 84 when my long heavy metal journey started out as a kid. I remember the first Motörhead album that I got a hold of was Iron Fist and then picked up several Motörhead songs by taping them from various collections and radio shows. At that time there was a British TV comedy called Young Ones, where Motörhead made a visit as a four piece. I recall it like yesterday when Aces Of Spades roared out of the TV, it kind of blew the ceiling away from our house when I turned the volume to the maximum level. In the following morning each young kid digging metal was like “did you see it”.
I recall having witnessed Motörhead for the time first time ever back in 1988 at an open door festival along with Girlschool and Stone. After that, the years passed by, and new bands came into the picture and I kind of lost touch with Motörhead until the late 90’s. Motörhead returned to Finland to the Nummirock and shared the stage with Danzig and Scorpions. It was odd to see Motörhead hitting the stage at 3PM. I had managed to obtain a press pass and got the opportunity to attend a pretty chaotic and uncontrolled press conference. However, I asked some questions anyway. Later in the very same year, the Monsters Of The Millennium hit the Finnish shore featuring Motörhead, Dio, and Manowar. The press conference was damn hilarious. I asked about the process of the next album as it was being worked on at that time – Lemmy pointed out to me, wondering in the sarcastic way “What does the guy with the Manowar shirt know about Motörhead?” – And laughed… I turned to burning red. He answered my question along with Campbell and Dee. After the press thing, some weirdo tried to challenge Lemmy to arm wresting. Since then Motörhead returned to my regular playing rotation. I witnessed the band in Finland several times, at Sweden Rock also several times, and of course at Wacken. Motörhead offered unforgettable rocking moments at gigs as well as on albums. I shall treasure my memories and above all the Lemmy autograph forever by playing Motörhead fucken loud.
Motörhead has been a regular staple of my musical diet since the 80’s. My first ‘Real’ introduction came when I saw them open for Alice Cooper back in February ’88. I made the 4+ hour journey to see Alice mainly and both made a lasting impression. Philthy, Wurzel, Phil and most importantly, Lemmy were loud, aggressive and in your face. As I write this I am listening to a bootleg copy of that show that I just acquired. It is everything I remember. Being front row between Phil and Lemmy made a lasting impression on me that remains to this day.
I never got to see them only that one time as they never came back to my area. I almost had the privilege to see back to back shows in February 2011 but fate intervened and I was laid up due to an accident just over a week prior and I couldn’t make the flight. My good friend who was doing their PR at the time had me all set up on the guest list, the full nine yards, but it wasn’t meant to be. The morning after the second show I woke to seeing photos of friends with the man, Lemmy. Somewhat disappointed that I couldn’t have been there for the shows I did enjoy the fact that my friends had a great time. A week or so later a Motörhead Canada shirt arrived in the post from from my friend with a note saying “Sorry you couldn’t make it”.
I guess it was never meant to be that I never got to meet Lemmy. I love the music and the video for “Killed By Death” was a daily dietary staple of my High School years and it will always hold that special place in my brain. After work last evening I raised a Jack n’ Coke to you while watching a WWII program on TV. I guess I did have a little in common with him after all? Thanks for the music.
GOD Is Dead – #RIPLemmy
A few days since Lemmy’s passing, I am still in a state of shock. Lemmy was larger than life, the King of Metal and Rock n Roll, so it is hard for me to fathom that he has passed on. I’ve been a huge Motorhead fan since 1991. The first album I bought was the classic 1916, still one of my faves to this day. I loved Motorhead’s ugly, dirty sound, Lemmy’s gargling with glass vocals, the ginga ginga bass, the insane drumming, everything about them. Lemmy personified sex, drugs, and rock n roll and lived life to the fullest. When the wheels started to fall health wise off almost 2 years ago, we all knew the lifestyle was catching up to him but he soldiered on. Nobody should EVER compare guys like Keith Richards to Lemmy. Lemmy drank, smoked, and did speed nonstop for 45 years or so. He NEVER went to rehab, never stopped, never had periods of sobriety. And he played like 250 shows a year for most of that time, travelling the world. Nobody could do what Lemmy has done, even his good friend Ozzy Osborne said he was a one-off.
Over the last 24 years, I have been lucky enough to see Motorhead 15 times, purchase numerous albums (I counted today and I have 36! there are no bad Motorhead albums and I love all of their live stuff!), shirts (have to count those, but easily double digit), go on the inaugural Motorboat where I got to briefly meet the band, and I have a Motorhead tattoo on my left shoulder so I am never without the band. There will never be another Lemmy and without him there is no Motorhead. RIP Lemmy, your music and legacy will live on forever.