In recent years, Lemmy Kilmister has been the subject of a few death hoaxes – so much so that 2 1/2 years ago, I actually wrote a blog about it and how he was alive and well.
Well, you’ve probably heard by now all about how this seemingly immortal figure has actually passed away – just a few days after his 70th birthday, on December 28th. I thought he’d never die, personally.
Yes, I’m a little late in posting this. Normally I would be on it right away, but the news broke right after I left for my most recent shift on The Wolf, so I haven’t had a chance to get writing about him until now.
And you know what? I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t already read about the man. The man is a true rock & roll legend, and there are plenty other articles out there that will tell you all about his exploits over the years.
What I will do is share with you some videos involving Lemmy that you may not have seen.
I want to start off with the video that originally inspired me to write this – and that is the robot band Compressorhead.
— Woody (@Woodygems) December 30, 2015
According to Professor Wikipedia, the robots in Compressorhead were built between 2007 and 2012, and they got their start as a band, playing at parties, in 2013. They’ve even played at a music festival in their home country of Germany. But what brought them to the forefront of the internet was this video of them covering the Motörhead classic Ace of Spades.
I saw a tweet pop up in the days following Lemmy’s death basically talking about how 99% of people tweeting about him wouldn’t be able to name a song of Motörhead’s other than Ace of Spades. That certainly was the song they were known for to most people, but there’s plenty more gold – even on that album alone… Like how about the song he wrote from the perspective of the band’s road crew… Or maybe it was written about his time working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix?
Here’s We Are The Road Crew, live in Toronto in 1982.
Lemmy is obviously known for the band he fronted, and also from playing with Hawkwind before that… But more recently, he’s done a couple of collaborations with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
First, it was on Grohl‘s excellent metal side project, Probot, which was recorded between 2000 and 2003. It featured Grohl’s instrumental recordings with each track featuring a different metal singer that Grohl idolized. For the track Shake Your Blood, Lemmy provided the vocals and also the bass playing for what is a pretty awesome song done much in the same style as Motörhead. Here’s that:
He hooked up with the Foo Fighters again when he hopped in the driver’s seat of the band’s White Limo – despite having never had a driver’s license.
Following his death, the tributes to Lemmy have come flowing in. A couple days following it, Slash (along with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) paid tribute to the legend with a cover of, you guessed it, Ace of Spades.
And since we’ve covered the topic of Shaking his Blood, did you know Lemmy once went to a doctor for a blood transfusion, and the doctor refused, saying his blood was so toxic that fresh blood might actually kill him? That’s one of the things I learned from this next video – also, did you know he’d made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show and contributed a song to Spongebob Squarepants? More cool info in this video:
R.I.P. Lemmy. I wonder if we’ll ever see someone who defines “Rock Star” like he did.