R.I.P. Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister
Born a Stokie
Died a Legend
What truly horrible news to wake up to this morning, the sad passing of a real Rock ‘n’ Roll legend. I know grown men who will have shed a tear over this news this morning.
For 40 years with Motörhead and three before that with space rockers Hawkwind, Lemmy has been treading the boards all over the globe. Many expected him to be the only thing roaming the Earth with the cockroaches when the world implodes, but cancer really doesn’t care for reputations when the grim reaper is dispatched.
Very rarely seen with out a bottle of Jack Daniels or a packet of Marlboro’s, he notoriously lived the Rock ‘n’ Roll life style to the very end. By no means the right way to live, as I have seen put by some people today, but it was his way.
For me two bands with their roots in Stoke-on-Trent changed the face of heavy music to what we have had for over 35 years, Discharge – the D-Beat punk inovators, but no one more than Motörhead.
Motörhead bridged that gap between rock and punk and were (well, actually still are) embraced by all genres. Just look at at all the tributes paid to the man on social media since the news broke. Rock and metal heavyweights like KISS, Aerosmith, Nickelback, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica. Thrash metal bands Kreator, Anthrax, Overkill and Dark Angel, prog rockers Rush. Conflict and Anti-Nowhere League from the punk world. Hatebreed, Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front from the hardcore scene. Glam metallers Mötley Crüe and Poison. I’ve even seen a tribute from indie rockers The Wonderstuff! Without Lemmy none of these bands, and countless more, would have existed and the musical landscape on the rock front might have been so so different. Even the usually stuffy Radio 2 have paid tribute to Lemmy throughout the day.