Monday, January 04, 2016
Happy New Year and all that jazz. It really wouldn't be right to let the passing of Lemmy go by without a quick tribute to a man who clearly well and truly lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, drinking, smoking and shagging his way through a career in the music biz that still somehow still lasted over half a century, from being a roadie for Hendrix, through to fronting Hawkwind's biggest single and then onto helming the mighty Motorhead for a mere four decades.
After meaning to go and see the band for years and years I was fortunate enough to see Lemmy and co at their last Birmingham gig in 2014 when he was briefly joined on stage by original drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor who also sadly shuffled off this mortal coil last year, a month or so before Lemmy himself. At the time it kind of seemed that Lemmy was, as he noted himself recently, indestructible, but not even Mr Kilmister could beat the grim reaper forever, although he gave it a damn good shot. If there's a lesson in there somewhere I guess it's don't wait to see that band you love if the chance is right there in front of you 'cos one day all you'll be left with are some crappy You Tube clips and a bucketful of regrets. Anyway, here's a few more of Lemmy's greatest hits. If there's an afterlife let's hope the bar serves Jack Daniels eh?
And here's Lemmy's last ever interview, recorded just a few weeks ago...who knows, we may not have seen the last of him...