Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who died Monday at age 70, was a hard rock and metal legend who was beloved by all. He will be greatly missed.
Over the years Lemmy and his band, Motorhead, toured with and influenced dozens of great acts. Many of these acts have provided tributes for the legendary frontman. Check it out below. RIP Lemmy you are and forever will be a legend.
In the early 80’s a fellow named Chris P had a lot of parties and my band Shadow (Rob Webber, Danny Newcomb, Chris Friel and myself) went to many of them. Also often there were Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm and a lot of other Seattle musicians. We (Shadow) were friends with and played shows with Overlord (Glen Logan, Steve Van Liew , Kurt Lofstrom, Kenny Kubsen). There wasn’t a huge scene back then, but we all put on shows with both metal and punk bands around Seattle. The one band the metals heads and punks could agree on was Motörhead. “Ace of Spades” and “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith” were played constantly at these parties.
Motörhead had great songs that were fast with tons of attitude. It felt dangerous to listen to Lemmy’s bass and tales from the road that we all wanted to be on. Fast Eddie and Philthy Phil Taylor rocked hard with Lemmys Marshall bass amps with the volume pinned to 10. Rick Friel, Chris Friel , Danny Newcomb and I were a few of the lucky fans that got to see Motörhead actually smash a Dodge Dart in the parking lot of Tower Records. This was a promotion for the show later that night at the Paramount on the Iron Fist Tour. Was such a cool experience! I will never forget seeing Lemmy beating the shit out of that old car with a sledgehammer. I wish I still had my autographed broken sledgehammer handle that I picked up from the mess. That night we all went to the Paramount with about 400 people total in the audience! Lemmy said, “Next time bring some of your friends!”
They then launched into the loudest show I’ve over seen! Thank you, Lemmy, for being a huge influence on this young guitar player all those years ago!!
Don’t forget the joker!
– Mike McCready
“Very sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Lemmy. He gave so much to the music business and was totally dedicated to his fans. His legend will never die. His life was all about the music, being on stage and a giving pleasure to others.
“Rest in peace, Lemmy. You’ll be greatly missed.” – Tony Iommi
Alice In Chains
Lemmy was always cool to me. So many stories. My favorite: About 15 years ago, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. near where I lived in West Hollywood. I pulled over into a driveway to talk to someone on my cellphone (this was before I had Bluetooth) and looked up to see Lemmy walking toward my car. He leaned in my passenger window and asked me if I could give him a ride to his favorite strip club in Silver Lake. I said, “Sure.” On our drive, we talked about a wide range of topics – music, global history, World War II. Lemmy was extremely well read and erudite. When we pulled up outside the club, Lemmy pulled out a couple of $20 bills to hand me. I said, “No, man, it’s cool, really.” Lemmy said, “Come on. I see you’re driving on your spare tire (which was true). Go on, take it. You need it. No time to be proud. I appreciate the lift. And the talk.” So I took the money, let Lemmy out, and drove onward. The truth was I did need it. I had risked everything to move to Los Angeles with my band, Comes With The Fall. I was driving around in the 1995 Mercury Tracer that my grandfather had left me, the car that had gotten me across the country. I’d gotten a flat a couple of weeks earlier and, as Lemmy noted, was still driving on the “donut” spare tire because I couldn’t afford a proper replacement. Trying to keep CWTF going – putting out records independently, chasing down gigs, etc. – and simultaneously keep myself going (eating, paying the rent, etc.) meant that things were often very touch and go financially. I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of Lemmy’s reasoning. Just as I often appreciated the no-nonsense clarity of his statements in interviews. The way he spoke was illustrative of the way he lived his life. As many others have already pointed out, and will continue to in the days, weeks, and months to come, Lemmy was one of a kind. And it’s just a fact of life that Motörhead ruled. One of the singular seminal bands right up there with the Stooges, the MC5, and the Ramones. They will live forever and their legend will only grow from this day forward. As it should be. Thank you, Lemmy.