Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister

December 30, 2015

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Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the founder, lead singer, bass player and principal songwriter of the band Motörhead and a friend to many bikers in several clubs on several continents, died Monday in Los Angeles.

For more than a decade, Kilmister and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones epitomized British hard rockers who lived by poet Dylan Thomas’ most famous lines.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Just three weeks ago, in a story titled “I’m sick of being asked when I’m gonna die,” Kilmister told the website Classic Rock, “”I’m sick of the fucking, ‘Are you going to die?’ line of questioning. It’s getting really old, that question. I’m alright. I’m going out there and doing my best. I have good days and bad days but mostly I’ve been doing alright. The last tour of the States was very good.”

Earlier this year, he switched his usual Jack Daniel’s and Coke for something he thought might be healthier – orange juice and vodka. “Apparently I am still indestructible,” he remarked at the time.

In a statement on Facebook, the surviving members of Motörhead wrote: “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.”

A longtime friend of Kilmister and a prominent motorcycle club member in the United Kingdom writes: “Motörhead was the first band to adopt a biker type patch. He used to ride an AJS. Lemmy had the respect to ask us to approve it. Lemmy loved the biker contact. Not just with my tribe. And he played many gigs just for booze when the gate didn’t pay the overhead. He was generous. I’m gutted.”

Kilmister was born in Staffordshire, England at the end of 1945 to a minister father and a librarian mother. He first met the Beatles in Liverpool when he was 18. He was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. He founded and was kicked out of a psychedelic band named Hawkwind in the 1970’s. Motörhead was the name of the last song he wrote for Hawkwind. Motorhead was slang for a methamphetamine abuser.

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister turned 70 on Christmas Eve. Apparently, to almost everyone’s surprise, he wasn’t indestructible after all.

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34 Responses to “Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister”

  1. Viking Trotter Says:

    Watched the entire stream live….It was so worth it..Now I hear David Bowie just died too….Who’s next?

  2. Jim666 Says:

    Thanks for the info and links VT.

  3. Viking Trotter Says:

    ATTn: Lemmy’s Funeral will be streamed live.
    http://laist.com/2016/01/06/extra_extra_lemmys_funeral_will_be.php

  4. chromedome Says:

    RIP to the “ace of spades”. seen metallica couple years ago in nashville at the end of the show they brought lemmy on stage and tore it up. I jump ed over the baracade into the crowd standing on the floor. Security was chasing me and as i looked up to the stage lemmy smiled and gave me a thumbs up right before i got tackled and carried off.

    …Supportyourlocalwhiteboy…
    …SupportTheOregonMilitia…

  5. bmw Says:

    Nice link to “Brotherhood of Man”, Rebel! Takes me back a few. We are losing so many great people these days, but what hell. We never expected to live to 30, much less more than twice that. Raise a cup in Lemmy’s honor! May He Ride In Peace Forever!
    BMW

  6. Mad Dog Says:

    Meant to note that the Lemmy interview starts at about 54 minutes in.

  7. Mad Dog Says:

    Lemmy did a great interview with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast this year.

    (From the Daily Beast)

    The interview with Maron is just one of many Lemmy gave this past fall in the press circuit for Motörhead’s 22nd studio recording, Bad Magic, but it’s also his best, a no-holds-barred ramble through the singer’s life and times, from working as a roadie for Hendrix to being kicked out of a band for taking the wrong kind of drugs and his allegedly massive collection of Nazi memorabilia.

    Link to interview (free for now, but will soon be behind a paywall):

    http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/player/episode_634_-_richard_thompson_lemmy_kilmister

    This is some pretty raw shit, served straight up.

  8. oregonloner Says:

    Either heaven just found the best rock and roll, or hell just got a lot louder

  9. BrianF Says:

    Viking Trotter, no shit Lemmy WAS the definition of Rock and Roll. I caught Motorhead at The Channel in Boston back about 1986. The Channel measured about 10’x10′ with all of it occupied by amps, it was a memorable show. RIP Lemmy.

  10. Viking Trotter Says:

    I feel fucking honored to have shared a bar stool at the Rainbow and drinks with that video poker playing mother fucker many times a month off and on since the early 90’s. We used to talk about bikes, horses, growing up on a farm (we had that connection)and what country made the best whisky and had the best hookers. His stories are legend, like him.
    Unlike guys like Bill Cosby who profess to be pillars of society but down deep are pure evil. Lemmy, just looked like a bad man and yes, he did have his demons and he did some bad things like we all do from time to time. Hell, we’re human. But, they were petty when compared to Cosby. Down deep, he was a fucking angel and that ain’t no lie.
    GOD, This is LEMMY, lead singer Motorhead! and he played ROCK & ROLL!

  11. Stevo Says:

    A very good friend of mine was putting on a gig some years ago in aid of an anti drugs charity and had £700 left in the budget for a headline band. He called Lemmy and Lemmy said they would be delighted to perform but the fee was £700 plus a £200 ‘add on waiver’ for “speed, booze and sniff”. No can do, says my pal, the gig is for an anti drugs charity!! “Call it a hundred for Jack n Coke then” says Lemmy. Legend.

    RIP to a friend and an inspiration.

    Stevo

  12. blacksmith Says:

    Rip Lem

  13. FF Says:

    I DON’T CARE
    I GET MY SHARE
    DON’T FEEL NO DEPRIVATION

    I DON’T!

    … The chase is better than the catch

  14. puterindabasketchief Says:

    A true, genuine original. Great musician. Has to be in the top 5 most influential bands of all time. Got to see him in one his last shows, albeit very abbreviated due to health issues. A fucking hero to those who still live life by their own rules. His mind-blowing music will live on forever, but the man will be sorely missed. Never be another quite like him. Rock In Paradise, Lemm.

  15. Knucklehead Says:

    l
    Sad he is gone, but he lived life to the full. A no bullshit, hard drinking rebel. RIP Lemmy.

  16. Road Rage Says:

    He rides a road, that don’t have no end
    An open highway, without any bends
    Tramp and his stallion, alone in a dream
    Proud in his colors, as the chromium gleams

    On iron horse he flies
    On iron horse he gladly dies
    Iron horse his wife
    Iron horse his life

    He lives his life, he’s living it fast
    Don’t try to hide, when the dice have been cast
    He rides a whirlwind, that cuts to the bone
    Loaded forever, and ferociously stoned

    On iron horse he flies
    On iron horse he gladly dies
    Iron horse his wife
    Iron horse his life

    Yeah, slide it to me

    One day one day, they’ll go for the sun
    Together they’ll slide, on the eternal run
    Wasted forever, on speed, bikes and booze
    Yeah tramp and the brothers, all born to lose

    On iron horse he flies
    On iron horse he gladly dies
    Iron horse his wife
    Iron horse his life

    Iron horse his life
    Iron horse his wife
    Iron horse his wife
    Iron horse his life

  17. JMacK Says:

    A true Rock God.

    The numbers are dwindling.

    RIP Lemmy. You the fuckin man.

    Respects
    JMacK

  18. Centurion Says:

    hey POPEYE, those words wrote would be better suited for Joe Elliott.

    as for LEMMY When The Sky Comes Calling For You.

  19. SO.AB Says:

    Rip lemmy

  20. DiablosBLVD Says:

    He used to have “49% Mother Fucker, 51% Son of a Bitch” tagged on his road case during tour.

    RIP LEMMY KILMISTER!

  21. The Kraut Says:

    Loved the mans music and his style…the wehrmacht influence in his attire was a nod to the ‘wear shit that bugs the citizens’ streak some of us have practiced or still do.

    Lemmy was a great individual…said what he meant and respected the truth.

    Seen some photies of Lemmy posing with a WW2 era german tank destroyer…dont know for sure if’n he owned it, but I would’nt be surprised if he did.

    Best memory was seeing him live with my son in 2011…always chuckle when I remember his interview where he was told his fame had got someone to make an’action-figure’ of him. Lemmy asked the interviewer if the doll was anatomically correct…Huh? the interviewer says…

    Does it have a dick? Lemmy asked…

    The reply is no , it does not.

    “Well, it’ll not get any action then will it!”

    Rest easy Lemmy…see ya in Valhalla!

    Respects, The Kraut

  22. RtC Says:

    RIP & may you be GBNF.

  23. stroker Says:

    R.I.P. Lemmy.

    Love the Dropkick Murphys Rebel………..thanx.

  24. Uncle Ace Says:

    “Gutted” is exactly how it feels. Been a Motorhead fan for decades, first show I ever saw that made my ears bleed. Met Lemmy twice, and he was a down to earth friendly gentleman. Then he got onstage and kicked all our asses. Rock and roll has lost one of its true legends.RIP Brother.

  25. Nick Mead Says:

    I got my start in film by the chances that Motörhead gave me. The first being a stage film we shot in a forest which we lit solely with aircraft landing lights — it’s all we could afford at the time. I went on to make quite a few videos for the band and they kindly wrote a song for my film Black Leather Jacket, called Black Leather Jacket!!

    One of the videos we made was Eat The Rich – we’d heard that MTV liked models in the videos they aired but we didn’t know any models but Lemmy knew a stripper. She came along and we filmed her as the band covered her in whipped cream. MTV banned us. Even when we tried to get to right we somehow got it wrong .

    Lemmy was indeed the real thing he walked the talk as only Lemmy could — at maximum volume . I had a drink with him a few years ago and we were both amazed we’d made it this far. He told me then that 20 years before he’d been given two years to live.

    Iron Horse Live To Win is probably the best song about “the life” that has even been written.

    He was a straight talking honest man. There’s not a lot of that left.

  26. Road Whore Says:

    R.I.P. Lemmy.

    Many wrong-headed detractors of the rock and roll lifestyle proclaim that’s what did him in; no…it was age and disease did him in; same damn thing that will take us all someday.

    Rock on, and Ride Free

  27. uncledahmer Says:

    As a quick technical note, Lemmy was not a founding member of Hawkwind. They had existed several years prior, and had released 2 albums without him on it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hawkwind_band_members

    Ne’ertheless. We miss Lemmy. He was authentic, and original.

    Overkill!

  28. Freeman Says:

    Pushing up the ante, I know you got to see me
    Read ’em and weep, the dead man’s hand again
    I see it in your eyes, take one look and die
    The only thing you see, you know it’s gonna be
    The ace of spades, the ace of spades

    Rest in peace man, last of the real,
    Thanks for the music and the memories.

  29. Nick Mead Says:

    I got my start in film by the chances that Motörhead gave me. The first being a stage film we shot in a forest which we lit solely with aircraft landing lights — it’s all we could afford at the time. I went on to make quite a few videos for the band and they kindly wrote a song for my film Black Leather Jacket, called Black Leather Jacket!! Lemmy was indeed the reall thing he walked the talk as only Lemmy could — at maximum volume . I had a drink with him a few years ago and we were both amazed we’d made it this far. He told me then that 20 years before he’d been given two years to live.

    Iron Horse Live To Win is probably the best song about “the life” that has even been written.

    He was a straight talking honest man. There’s not a lot of that left.

  30. popeye Says:

    RIP Lemmy
    Its better to burn out than to fade away

  31. Badger62 Says:

    RIP brother… ride free. His soul will live on forever in his music.

  32. crazy frank Says:

    Live fast die old…
    Lemmy

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