I can’t believe I am writing this, but today, we have lost a true rock and roll icon. Just days after learning that Lemmy had been diagnosed with cancer, he has sadly passed away.

Originally starting off as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, Lemmy then went on to join Hawkwind, before ultimately forming Motörhead in 1975 and releasing 22 studio albums and 9 live albums over the last 40 years.

The first time I saw Lemmy live was not with Motörhead, but with Slash at Download Festival 2010. He came out on stage and sung on the track Doctor Alibi (which he performed vocals for on Slash’s debut solo album). Shortly after Slash finished, the rain started coming down, but I was determined to stay out and watch Motörhead’s set and was not disappointed. I was lucky enough to see Motörhead a few more times in the years since then.

Lemmy. You were Motörhead and you played rock and roll!

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, 1945 – 2015

Rest In Peace

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