The world has come to shock after Lemmy Kilmister died this week. In 1972 Lemmy joined space-rock band Hawkwind on bass but left after being busted for drug possession in 1975. Lemmy went on to form Motörhead – which is US slang for a speed addict – and recorded 22 studio albums with the band between 1977 and 2015. Todd Singerman, Motorhead’s manager, told the BBC News channel that Lemmy had had cancer “in his brain and neck” and that his sudden death had come as “a massive shock”.
Singerman said the singer died while sitting in front of his favourite video game with his family. He described Lemmy tp BBC as “the pinnacle, he’s up there with one of his idols, Elvis. He was was one of the last true rock stars left, this guy lived it every day.” “He was one of the kindest men I ever met – he was the people’s man,” he added.
Many well known stars payed tribute to Mr Kilmister:
Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend.
Alice Cooper said: “I will see you on the other side. When we say ‘one of a kind’ in rock’n’roll, Lemmy was the epitome of that – one of the most beloved characters in rock’n’roll. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t adore Lemmy; you can’t say ‘heavy metal’ without mentioning Lemmy. Rock’n roll heaven just got heavier.”
Queen’s Brian May described Lemmy as “our utterly unique friend”.
Metallica tweeted: “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We’re forever grateful for all of your inspiration.”
Kiss star Gene Simmons said: “Lemmy: Rest In Peace. Shake the heavens, my friend.”
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx “I’ll miss you buddy and our conversations. You were always a pilar of dignity. RIP#Lemmy”.
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan added: “Rest In Peace Lemmy. A hell of a man who suffered no fools. U shall be missed brother, and, THANK u 4 the years of unwavering kick ass R&R.”
Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello described Lemmy as “a true rock icon”.
Black Sabbath founding member Geezer Butler said: “Very sad to hear of Lemmy’s passing. We’ve lost a true, true legend. RIP.”
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer added: “RIP #Lemmy heaven is Rockin tonight.”
And the band’s Joe Perry also paid his respects on Twitter: “RIP Lemmy. A true rocker from beginning to end. We’ll all see you there, soon enough.”
Rock band Judas Priest also paid tribute: “Words about Lemmy can never be enough so we will simply say farewell Lord Lemmy, thank you for the music, the shows.”
Hawkwind’s Dave Brock tweeted: “Lemmy was a gentleman & a friend. I’ll miss our eccentric text conversations.We had that magic when we played together. His legend lives on.”