Right now at midnight December 28th the internet is suggesting that the legend that was, is and always will be, the legend that is Lemmy has finally passed away, it seems the news is coming from quite a few reliable people right now, Ozzy Osbourne has just posted on his Twitter feed @OzzyOsbourne 5 minutes ago – “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side”.
We’ve been expecting this new for some time now, the man has been fighting serious illness for some time, seems like he carried on up there slinging it on stage right until the last and just about made it to 70 last week. The news is being carried on a number of reliable US entertainment sites although nothing has been posted on any of the official Motorhead sites as we post this…. and now the BBC are reporting it….
the living embodiment of rock n roll and one of the greatest bass players ever, one of the nicest guys ever, he always had time for us at Organ, always insisting on buying his copy (and he always remembered who we were, shouted at me for not saying hello once, I was amazed he remembered my name). Like I said last month when Philthy Animal checked out, Motorhead were my band, they’re the ones I followed… he shall be missed, sad news indeed……..
Indeed Motorhead’s official site is now reporting the sad news.. “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…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. Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister 1945 -2015 Born to lose, lived to win” .
Well we posted the news we really didn’t want to post an hour or so ago now, we expected it, we’ve been expecting it, the great man had not been well for sometime, still hits you though, no more Lemmy up there under that tilted mic and that big bomber, the real end of one hell of an era, her really was larger than life, he really did walk it all, and he really was one of the nicest gents we ever had the pleasure of meeting, he always has time, he always asked how things were going, how was Organ, we’d see him regularly down Wardour Street feeding the fruit machine…
“At the old Marquee, Lemmy used to refuse a free copy of The Organ, and insist on buying his copy off me for a whole quid instead of 50p, even when he was in it. Last met him in ’99 or 2000 and he remembered and though the zine was free for everyone then I got a hug. All that stuff about being a gentleman was true. Doesn’t seem right that there is no Lemmy in the world now.” (Marina Organ)
Port Vale….. Bingley Hall…. that riot on the Overkill tour…. letting the Angels in through the back door to sort out the gobbing punks at the Roundhouse… “tear their pitch up” at Wrexham football ground when they shut down the PA early, no sleep until the O, that time at Deeside when Phil jumped out of the back of the van with all the pies from Tizwas… bombers, bullet belts, Overkill, Iron Fist and Hoards from Hell, moving like a parallelogram, back on stage with Brock and Hawkwind at Reading that time, “Someone give this man a throat sweet”. Space Ritual, All The Aces, the Rocking Vicars, the Hendrix roadie, Iron Horse, Girlschool, Tank, Saxon…. He really was a gent, he really did give a shit, he was funny, he was unapologetic, he almost always had a view and on a lot of things Lemmy talked a lot of good good sense – he lived it, he learnt it, he shared it …. he was a genuine iconic presence, he wasn’t perfect, of course he wasn’t, who is? Some of those German uniforms bothered me, I loved the man and his band to bits though, he enriched my life and cost me a fortune in shoe leather tramping up and down the country going to see just one more time, off on the train again…. I really didn’t want to write this page …
Ore thoughts are with Lemmy, his family and friends…. we’ll miss him, he really was one of ours… (sw)