There’s been some tragic news reverberating in the world of rock n’ roll. Lemmy Kilmister, the hard-living frontman of the legendary British hard rock band Motörhead has passed away. He was 70 years old.
Motörhead, in an official band statement, announced his passing on Facebook and urged fans to “play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.”
Fan and friend’s tributes began pouring in as the news spread.
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
He lived a life of dreams and he went out on top. He was Motörhead and HE PLAYED ROCK & ROLL!!! https://t.co/7wZXgBksq6
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 29, 2015
— ⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) December 29, 2015
Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka “Lemmy,” was the only original member of Motörhead, a band that re-energized heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Motörhead’s prolfic output included twenty-three studio albums, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums and five EPs. Their biggest success came in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep ’til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead’s reputation as a gods of hard rock.
Since everyone is going to post “Ace Of Spades” as their favorite song, we’re going with our second favorite, one that would have put a smile on Lemmy’s face as he tossed back another glass Jack Daniels while telling us to play this LOUD!
Killed By Death (1984) – Motörhead
Full Band Statement:
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.
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