Monday, December 28, 2015

R.I.P. Lemmy

BB King and Lemmy in the same year? What kind of world are we going to leave for Keith Richards?

To be honest I was never a huge fan of Motörhead, in fact I think I like the idea of Lemmy more than I like his brand of heavy speed n’roll. But that’s not to say they didn’t make some kick-ass records. And their catalog contained at least half a dozen hard rocking numbers which have become classics. Yes, they never strayed from their formula but like AC/DC or the Ramones, that was one of their appeals.

I only got to see him once with his legendary band. He was no longer the strong, imposing Rock demon but he wasn't yet the frail old man that health problems turned into a shadow of his former self. That is not how he should be remembered.

All his life, Lemmy was rock and roll incarnate. His persona wasn’t fake or manufactured: he really was this cartoon character of a rock star: uncompromising, larger than life and hedonistic yet surprisingly deep. Our friend in rebellion, living hard for the rest of us mere mortals, stone deaf forever.