Ian Fraser Kilmister is a riddle; an enigma that has significantly left an irreplaceable mark on the history of rock music.
Born on December 24, 1945, Lemmy went on to become the front man of one of rock and roll’s most famous bands of all time, Motorhead. Without a doubt, their music, largely inspired by his writing,
became one of the cornerstones of the genre that developed into heavy metal.
With a distinct bass playing style, coupled with his gravelly yet unbelievable sounding voice made him one of the most recognisable individuals in the world of entertainment.
James Hetfield has commonly referred to him as the ‘godfather’ of heavy metal.
This is probably why his death on December 28 2015 was a body blow to the world that loved this rocker so dearly. After being a roadie during his earlier years and later playing with space rock band, Hawkwind, Lemmy formed a new band called Motorhead in 1975.
Little did he or the world know that this band would revolutionise the world of music for decades to come. Lemmy’s vocals were unique to the world of music at the time, and this drew in multiple fans.
Motorhead’s music has since been chart topping all around the world with songs such as Ace of Spades, which has remained a crowd darling to date. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, and Slash, more
popular for his time with Guns & Roses, jammed this song with Lemmy on stage during the Golden Gods Awards in 2010.
Lemmy’s passing was shocking and heartbreaking. It had been stated that the legend was suffering from terminal brain and neck cancer, but his death certificate, seen by entertainment site TMZ, states that the
official cause of death was prostate cancer along with cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.
Lemmy’s health issues weren’t a secret. Lemmy had lung problems, which led to the band cancelling a number of shows.
However, it was reported that he only learnt of this terminal diagnosis on December 26, just two days before he died. Following his death, Mickey Dee, the band’s drummer, announced that the band won’t go
on, something fans suspected but feared to officially hear.
Lemmy remains an absolute legend in the world of music. Various artists gave touching tributes, including Metallica, Alice Cooper and Ozzy. In the song Ace of Spades, the Brit sings, “You know I’m born to
lose and gambling is for fools, but that’s the way I like it baby, I don’t wanna live forever.” He also had an ace of spades tattoo on his arm that read, “Born to lose, live to win.”
He positively lived to win from a very humble upbringing in Stoke, in the UK. His and Motorhead’s music will live on forever.
Rest in Peace, Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister.