RIP Lemmy Kilmister: Fans and friends pay tribute to the Motörhead founder on Ozzy’s Boneyard

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He passed away on Dec. 28, learning of his disease only two days prior.

According to the band’s official Facebook page, Lemmy “was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.”

Ozzy’s Boneyard (Ch. 38) host Keith Roth mourned the death and celebrated the life of Lemmy with fans and fellow artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine (Megadeath), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chris Jericho (Fozzy/Wrestling), Zakk Wylde (Former Ozzy guitarist/Black Label Society), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Ellefson (Megadeath), Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Don Jamieson (Gunfire-N-Sodomy), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Gene Simmons (KISS), Jason Newsted (Metallica/Voivod/Flotsam), Rex Brown (Pantera), Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and more during Tuesday’s call-in show.

“Lemmy was a character, and Motörhead, to be perfectly honest with you, was Lemmy,” said Ozzy Osbourne, speaking of his late friend. “Without Lemmy, forget the band. The industry has lost a rock and roll hero. He was what rock and roll was all about. He lived the lifestyle. …I’m really sad that he died. In my life, it’s such a terrible loss for me. I think more about Lemmy than most people I’ve lost. …He worked till the bitter end, and I think [music] was the reason he got out of bed every day.”

He continued: “..He was larger than life. If someone would have said to me, ‘Ozzy what one person would you say you identify your music with?’ I would have to say Lemmy and Motörhead. Motörhead were far bigger than they realized they were, I think, but Lemmy was a simple guy. ..I’ve lost a great friend, and I think the music industry has lost a great person as well.”

You can hear their tributes replayed in full on Ozzy’s Boneyard on 12/31 from 6 am – 10 am ET; 1/2 from 8 pm – Midnight ET; 1/3 from 10 am – 2 pm ET; 1/4 from 2 am – 6 am ET.

Lemmy was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, on Christmas Eve in 1945 and grew up in North Wales. Throughout the 1960s, he played in several rock groups, including Rockin’ Vickers, Sam Gopal and Hawkwind, and worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix before founding Motörhead in 1975.

He remained the band’s only consistent member, as singer and bassist, and released 22 studio albums, nine live albums, 12 compilation albums, four EPs, 29 singles, 10 video albums and 34 music videos—with their most famous single being Ace of Spades and their highest-rating record being the live album No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith, a testament to their inimitable onstage performances.

The band has urged fans to “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.”

Rest in peace, Lemmy.

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