RIP LEMMY

RIP LEMMY

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Lemmy - Motorhead in Dublin on Halloween

The news of Lemmy passing is spreading over the internet like wildfire – he touched many many lives, either personally or through his music. How many rock stars can say they have a list of accomplishments similar to his? A lengthy music career, tv and film roles, songwriting credits for others including OZZY (Mama Im Coming Home), worked with the WWE, collaborations with the likes of Dave Grohl and much much more.

He was a legend that gained respect from his peers because he lived how he said it – he embodied what rock n roll means. He lived the lifestyle and had the attitude along with no regrets and never looked back. Everything we all wish we could be.
He created his own sound by running his bass through Marshall stacks getting full on distortion when needed. If you haven’t seen the documentary on Lemmy you should. It really captures his outlook on life and how he lived it – we are talking about someone who in their sixties gave up whiskey for vodka for health reasons. In some ways it reminds me of my Dad who passed away the same day 2 years ago – also due to cancer. Both had a stubborn do what you want, the way you want attitude, while also being friendly to others and helping others when they needed it. When the doctor asked my Dad if he drinks pop, my Dad responded by saying “only if there’s whiskey in it”. Both smoked most of their lives while also being known to have a few drinks along the way, both ending up with cancer. 

 

Lemmy in fact just celebrated his 70th birthday at the infamous Whiskey A Go-Go in LA. Rockstars from Guns n Roses, The Cult, Skid Row, Anthrax, The Quireboys, Kings X, and many more performed honouring Lemmy. Further showing how much of an influence he has had on so many in the music biz.
I first became aware of Motorhead early on when their video for “The Chase is Better Than the Catch” played on the late night video shows – back then there weren’t that many videos out so this one was played a fair bit.  It drew me in and introduced a more aggressive sound, I was hooked. From there I discovered OZZY, Iron Maiden, The Scorpions, Metallica, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, AC/DC…… the list is endless.
 
I was fortunate to see Motorhead a number of times including a couple of shows in Dublin when a friend was opening for them (We even met a fan in Temple Bar saying that he had seen Motorhead over 7 times). They always delivered an entertaining and LOUD set full of rock n roll from the moment Lemmy walked on stage and said “We’re Motorhead and we play LOUD FUCKING ROCK N ROLL”
 
Of course the song most people identify Motorhead with is Ace of Spades. A song with lyrics showing off the live fast and die young attitude with a bit of the devil may care thrown in for good measure. The song became an instant anthem to rebellious youth worldwide. This one included.
So not only will I be remembering my Dad each year on Dec 28 but I’ll also be playing some Motorhead tunes while having a Jack n Coke.
 
Thank you for the memories, Lemmy RIP.

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