RIP Lemmy

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Motörhead Frontman dead at 70.

One of the true icons of heavy metal has left the stage permanently. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister has passed away. The lead singer of Motörhead had numerous health issues, including hematoma and had an implanted defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Inspired to make music a career after seeing the Beatles in concert, Lemmy spent his 20s in numerous bands, worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, was hired as a bassist for a band called Hawkwind, despite having never played the instrument, got fired after being arrested in Canada for drug possession, then founded Motörhead, the band in which he has been the only constant member since 1975.

While Motörhead achieved commercial success in the UK, it had more of a cult following here in the United States. That said, it’s likely that anyone who spent any time following heavy metal knows The Ace Of Spades.

 

In some ways, it’s impressive that he lived as long as he did, given that he claimed to have drunk a bottle of Jack Daniels every day of his life after 30…and had a notorious appetite for drugs. Lemmy was metal personified.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Music Correspondent


Tristan's just this guy, ya know?