Lemmy2One of the most recognizable and colorful faces in heavy metal is no longer with us. Lemmy Kilmister, founder of proto-metal legends Motörhead, passed away earlier this evening at the age of 70. Though there were reports of recent health issues and a series of canceled performances, I don’t think anyone expected such a tragic end to come so soon.

Lemmy was a veritable metal institution, from his early days with space rock pioneers Hawkwind, to his 22 albums of raucous, noisy and confrontational music with Motörhead, Lemmy was influential in helping shape the sound of what would come to be known as heavy metal. In the process he earned legions of fans spanning several generations. It was this very ability to transcend age and appeal to young and old metal fans alike that made him such an icon and a truly one of a kind personality.

The metal world will be a lesser place without Lemmy’s rattlesnake smile and bullfrog croaks, and it will certainly be a quieter one too. Put simply, he was metal and he’ll be sorely missed. At least he made sure to leave behind a lot of ass kicking music to remember him by, and for that we should all be thankful. Toast a few in his memory and play “Ace of Spades” loud enough to shake your goddamn windows.

Godspeed, Mr. Kilmister. Rest well.

 

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  • Oscar Albretsen

    RIP Lemmy!

  • Rob

    Damn..no words. What an icon, what a loss.

  • John

    Well said Druhm. RIP. Motorhead helped shape the metalhead I am today, and I know I’m not alone there. Raising my glass to him as I send this.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Fuck :(

  • SelfIndulgence

    You worked your ass off for us Lemmy.
    Thank you.

  • 517H

    If you drink then have your next one for Lemmy

  • Luke_22

    Well put. RIP to another departed legend.

  • Dr. A.N. Grier

    Nice tribute. Sad fucking day. Booze and Overkill will be finishing out my night.

    • Joining you with a glass of Elijah Craig in his honor.

  • testiklees

    Sonofabitch. Was going to hit the hay early. Time to hoist some Jack in his honor. RIP and hails Lemmy.

  • savafreak

    A legend no less, his flame burnt the brightest, his legacy will live on, never forgotten

  • Siege Bantayan

    Goddamnit. :(

  • One More Thing

    Goddamn it… The perfect end to a perfect day. This is awful news. He was a great man and he will be missed.

  • Art Saves

    Raising a glas of Motörhead Whisky and playing Iron Fist in his honor!

  • MelbCro

    Damn, RIP Lemmy. For a man that lived and partied as hard as he did its incredible he made it 70.

  • Wilhelm

    I don’t think any other band had brought together the punks, metalheads, old rockers, and people not normally into heavy music more than Motorhead. Lemmy lived a boozy rocker lifestyle while keeping it simple and blue collar. All of this defies logic, but that’s his legacy RIP.

    • Will Atheling

      Amen to that.

  • Dobbie03

    Excellent tribute to a legend.
    Rest In Peace Lemmy.

  • Ralph Plug

    Well, that’s not something I expected to wake up to. Damn. :( R.I.P., what a legend. I’ll be blasting some Motörhead tonight.

  • De2013

    End of an era. RIP.

  • Martijn Brugman

    That’s sad. The world got quite a bit less noisy.

  • Feytalist

    Who would you blame
    Who could you sue
    If the sky came looking for you.

    Give ’em hell, Lemmy.

  • Grymm

    My neighbor’s lawn is green. I need to crank “Burner” and rectify this post-haste.

    RIP to a damn legend.

  • Innit Bartender

    Lemmy was always more an icon for me than a musician or a songwriter. I enjoy Motorhead as much as the next guy but my thoughts of Lemmy were more along the lines of this God-like titan, who had slept with 70% of the female world population and couldn’t donate blood because it was poisonous to others. But aside from that, I’d like to remember him as the well-read, curious, literate man he was. I’ll dust off “White Line Fever” and read my favourite chapters.

  • Jack Hancock

    Absolutely gutted. I’ve never been genuinely choked up by the death of a “celeb” before, but Motörhead literally changed my life. The first time I saw them at Manchester Apollo was the day music became the most important thing in my life. The gigs I’d seen before that had been fun, but I came out of that gig feeling like I could fly. I don’t know how many gigs I’ve been to since then, but without Motörhead I’d still be listening to the fucking Lighthouse Family.

    RIP Lemmy, the ultimate underdog. Don’t let the bastards keep you down m/

    • RuySan

      That would have been very edgy…to still be listening to the Lighthouse Family in 2015

  • Woke up to this. That’s a shitty way to start the day.

    RIP Lemmy and our thoughts are with the nearest and dearest. What a brutal year for the Motörhead family. :(

  • [not a Dr]

    Lemmy put his money where his mouth is…
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I9y103DsYWg

  • Iain Gleasure

    Born to lose. Lived to win.

    At least Dio has some company to play it loud now…

  • GrimStilt

    The Rainbow bar in LA reported running out of Jack Daniels after the news of Lemmy’s death. I think that’s the way this event should be acted upon. Though it’s sad and all, Lemmy was the kind of a man(from what we know of him) who would rather have people drink and play Motorhead than mourn. Though he always maintained that Motorhead is a rock n roll band, I will remember him as someone who inspired heavy metal as a genre. Nice words Steel Druhm.

  • I couldn’t believe it when I heard. What a great loss. I actually had tickets to see Motörhead in January, it makes me so sad that I never got the chance to see them. This is a great tribute.

    ♥.•*¨ Foxy Rocker ¨*•.♥

  • Kryopsis

    I read about his declining health but I figured Lemmy would literally never die, that he’d survive until the sun burns out, long after the end of all life on Earth. It’s a shame but the excellent Motorhead legacy lives on!

  • OzanCan

    He was one of those reasons why we so passionately love this music called Heavy Metal. RIP Lemmy

  • Jeff Kent

    I will go one step further than ‘Lemmy WAS metal’ and say that Lemmy WAS Rock n Roll. He never really liked being lumped in with the other metal bands.
    The amount of respect that other musicians (and fans) had for this unlikely hero is unprecedented. Looking back, I wish I had seized the opportunity to interview him when it was offered to me in 2000. It would have been my first ever interview and frankly I was scared.

  • Reese Burns

    I couldn’t believe it when I first heard this story. Seventy years is still too young. Rest in Peace to metal’s most legendary rocker.

  • antitayyip

    Lemmy who?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I always thought Lemmy was immortal. Now he actually is.

  • Eli Valcik

    Lemmy was rock and roll. He will be missed.