Lemmy Kilmister, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, primary songwriter, and founder of the heavy metal band Motorhead, died yesterday. He was 70.
I enjoy a lot of what Motorhead has done over the years, but I never needed to purchase any. There was always enough of it around to suit me. “Iron Fist,” “Eat the Rich,” and “Ace of Spades” were mainstays on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. I liked “Hellraiser,” written and recorded by both Motorhead and Ozzy Osbourne. And Motorhead’s Day Tripperish take on Kiss’s “Shout It Out Loud” was a blast.
He was at least as important as a heavy metal statesman. He was always an insightful and amusing interview, and his friends and colleagues seem universally complimentary in remembering him.
Thanks, Lemmy. Go have a drink with Ronnie. RIP.