Lemmy Kilmister dead: Metallers pay tribute to late Motorhead frontman

'I'm pissed off Lem's dead,' said Josh Homme

Christopher Hooton
Tuesday 29 December 2015 10:03 GMT

A life of booze, cigarettes and rock n’ roll finally caught up with Lemmy Kilmister on Monday, when the Motörhead frontman died following a short battle with aggressive cancer.

An icon of rock and unbridled hedonism, the tributes have since flooded in.

"Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today,” Ozzy Osborne tweeted. “He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine added: “Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother.”


Actually, I'm pissed off Lem is dead. This sucks. One of the last REAL rock n roll motherfuckers has crossed over & I miss him. He was true to himself without question. He knew, there was no other pathway. A no bullshit, one of a kind, sharp tongued, hard livin', un-PC, stylish, hilarious & flat out genuine badass leader. He didn't give a fuck about yer peanut gallery, your anonymous opinion in the comment section or your fragile fucking sensibilities. Yet, he was always a caring & fascinating, kind & honest, gracious & a wise, intelligent & valuable friend. Never a bully, always a honorable rogue. You got a straight answer outta Lem, even if it was not what you wanted to hear. Because he was the genuine article. a maverick, an icon. The rest of these posers are trying to sell you water & champagne or are "building their brand"... Just Fucking snake oil salesmen. Toads. Greedy jive ass turkeys. Panderers. Hacks. Followers. Desperate for fame. Fuck fame. Fame is the toilet paper used on the ass of infamy. & infamy is dangerous & chaotic. Fuck safety. Fuck rules. Fuck insurance based suggestions. Lemme's "brand" was forged in the fires of individuality & would scar you for life. Lemmy IS rock n roll. Lemmy cared for his crew, his fans & that's it. He United punks & metalheads without being either, yet somehow embodied both. He had the respect from all scenes & sides. No one, I mean, no one else did. Or could've. You don't respect or dig Motorhead?? Then You musta ain't never heard em before or you jus don't know shit about jack. Fact. Lemmy, You will never be forgotten. I'm Proud to have had spent so many hours lost in conversation with you brotha. All My love & respect to you. See you in Valhalla. Jho

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"Actually, I'm pissed off Lem is dead," QOTSA's Josh Homme wrote.

"This sucks. One of the last REAL rock n roll motherfuckers has crossed over & I miss him."

Anthrax were also in mourning.

“There's nothing we could write here that can live up to the mighty life you lived,” the band posted on Facebook. “You are Rock N Roll. Warrior Always. Much love - RIP Lemmy.”

Tributes pour in for Lemmy

Motorhead announced Kilmister's death early this morning, describing him as "our mighty, noble friend" and urging fans to "...play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT."

Only four months ago, Lemmy was still describing himself as “indestructible”, and said he had switched from whiskey to vodka for health reasons.

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