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RIP Lemmy

Postby TC on 29/12/15, 09:28:34

BBC wrote:Lemmy, Motorhead frontman, dies aged 70 after cancer diagnosis

Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died aged 70, two days after learning he had cancer, the British band has announced.

Lemmy formed the rock group in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including Ace of Spades, as he became one of music's most recognisable voices and faces.

The band said on its Facebook page: "Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy has passed away after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer."

Lemmy was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1945.

He lived in Anglesey, Wales, as a child and acquired the nickname Lemmy while at school, although he claimed to have had no idea where it came from.
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As Lemmy of Motorhead, he became known for his fast and furious bass guitar playing and gravelly voice.

Lemmy, who was the only constant member of Motorhead, lived in Los Angeles and died at home with his family on Monday.

He had been diagnosed with cancer on Saturday - two days after his 70th birthday.

His death comes just weeks after former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor died at the age of 61.

Ex-Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, who played with the group between 1976 and 1982, said on Facebook: "I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us.
"The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words ... He will live on in our hearts. R.I.P Lemmy!"

Lemmy was credited with introducing punk sounds into the heavy metal genre - and having a wild offstage reputation.

He first became involved in the Manchester music scene, before going to London.

There he had a stint as a roadie with Jimi Hendrix and briefly played in progressive rock band Opal Butterfly.

In 1972 he joined space-rock band Hawkwind on bass but left after being busted for drug possession on a tour of Canada in 1975.

Lemmy went on to form Motorhead - the name is US slang for someone who takes speed - and recorded 22 studio albums with the band between 1977 and 2015.

The band achieved critical acclaim with the 1980 Ace of Spades album, which reached number four in the UK chart.

They recently released Bad Magic and were set to play dates in the UK and Europe over the next few months as part of a world tour.

John Robb, a musician and editor of the Louder Than War website, told the BBC: "Lemmy's voice and the sound of the bass guitar was exactly the same.
"It was a fantastic bluff gruffness which is so attractive, so hypnotic.

"It's a really great sound... It's a mistake to say it's just a noise because he wrote really good songs."

don't know what else can be said about a man who changed music.

i didn't go see them here in september as i was dealing with my dad's illness, and now lemmy dies less than a week after my dad. shitty end to the year. never did get to see them. but, i never saw george carlin either.

also, nice of the beeb to completely ignore proper spelling of the band's name. fuck off, twats.
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Re: RIP Lemmy

Postby O-dot on 29/12/15, 09:42:33

A lot of wire services don't bother with umlauts and the like.

Adios, Lemmy.
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Re: RIP Lemmy

Postby Alexhead on 29/12/15, 20:46:11

Man, I'd just read his quote about having to switch from whiskey to vodka for health reasons, he must have said that the day he got his diagnosis. So sad, we used to love cranking Motorhead in high school. I like rock and roll, it satisfies my soul, if that's the way it is, it ain't so bad! Words to live by.

For the record, so sorry for your loss, Mr. Gore.
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Re: RIP Lemmy

Postby _Marcus_ on 30/12/15, 04:13:12

Yeah, sorry to hear about your father :(

May them both rest in peace.
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