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Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead dead at age 70 of Cancer

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  1. TheBigBadWolf
    Band says singer was diagnosed with cancer just 2 days ago
    Heavy metal band Motörhead's lead singer Ian (Lemmy) Kilmister has died at the age of 70, the band announced via its official Facebook page Monday night.
    The U.K. band stated that the singer, who was commonly known as Lemmy, found out he had cancer on Dec. 26. It was the singer's birthday today.


    The band wrote that Lemmy died at home surrounded by family, while he was sitting in front of his favourite video game.

    The posting encouraged fans to play Motörhead's music loudly and to honour the singer's life.

    "Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself," the band wrote on Facebook.

    Kilmister was known as the growling, whisky-drinking, mutton-chops wearing frontman, famous for turning his amplifiers up to the maximum and for positioning his microphone above his head so that he had to sing looking upward.

    Each of the band's legendary live shows would begin with his loud announcement: "We are Motörhead! We play rock and roll!"

    After cutting his teeth in beat bands in the 1960s,he spent time as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix before his first taste of stardom with British space rockers Hawkwind, singing the band's biggest hit, biker anthem Silver Machine, in 1972.

    During his stint in the band, his pummeling bass lines became a stock-in-trade and provided the backbone of the ear-splitting Motorhead, which he formed in 1975 after being thrown out of Hawkwind following a drug bust in Canada.

    "I was put on a plane to Toronto – everybody said happy to see you again – did the show, and four o'clock that morning was fired because they thought there might be future legal problems touring America," Kilmister told Q Magazine in 1991.

    He would soon form Motörhead, the name of a song about speed freaks he had written for Hawkwind.

    After a bumpy start and early lineup changes, the trio of Lemmy, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, tore through a string of albums that fed off the energy of punk rock and helped inspire thrash metal.

    Between early 1979 and late 1980, Overkill, Bomber and Ace of Spades sent the band racing toward the upper reaches of the British album charts. In 1981, Motörhead finally hit No. 1 with its live classic No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

    Motörhead would record 22 studio albums in all.

    Kilmister took pleasure in the lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, though he railed against heroin after the deaths of people close to him.

    He never married,

    "I'm still looking in a sort of languorous, morbid way," he told The Times in 2007. "But I probably missed her while I was on the road or something. It hasn't changed in 61 years, so it's probably not going to happen now."

    Kilmister felt a kinship to many punk bands, citing The Ramones as an influence and standing in with The Damned for a handful of gigs in the late 1970s.

    Conversely, he was not a fan of the term heavy metal and some of that genre's bands who cited his music as an influence, once remarking he'd rather listen to The Carpenters at home than Anthrax.

    "Slayer? Well … I don't like 'em, personally," he told Record Collector on another occasion. "It's not my kind of music - which, to a layman, might seem to be the same music as ours, but it's not."

    Lemmy, who was born in England in 1945, spent his recent years in Los Angeles.

    Posted: Dec 28, 2015 8:26 PM ET; CBC News;http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/motorhead-lemmy-kilmister-dies-1.3382600; pic: Jim Ross/Invision/Associated Press)

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  1. TheKLF
    Rest in peace!
  2. slayer180
    R.I.P Lemmy, if he was suffering at least it has ended.

    Original, Icon, Legend, truly a great contributor to the hard rock/heavy metal scene. Will be playing some Motörhead in his honor.

    This is sad, but making it to 70 years old living that lifestyle is pretty good. Many musicians don't even come close.
  3. gonzochef
    This sucks, and he'll be missed. But it reminds me of when Lou Reed's death was termed a "tragedy..." Living to that age doing what you love and living the Rock 'n Roll lifestyle is not a tragedy, it's a goddamn miracle! Good for you, Lemmy. You did it your way.

    Still a shame, though. Long live punk rock!

    "Who would win in a fight, Lemmy or God? Trick question, Lemmy IS God!"
    -Airheads
  4. TheBigBadWolf
    If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man,
    You win some, lose some, all the same to me,
    The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
    I don't share your greed, the only card I need is
    The Ace Of Spades

    Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
    Going with the flow, it's all the game to me,
    Seven or Eleven, snake eyes watching you,
    Double up or quit, double stake or split,
    The Ace Of Spades

    You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,
    But that's the way I like it baby,
    I don't wanna live for ever,
    And don't forget the joker!

    Pushing up the ante, I know you wanna see me,
    Read 'em and weep, the dead man's hand again,
    I see it in your eyes, take one look and die,
    The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be,
    The Ace Of Spades [spotify]spotify:track:2WPSy9E6Tet3GzfneXoCfq[/spotify]
  5. tatittle
    What city did he grow up in?

    Notice the article doesnt explicitely say what he died of. I wonder if euthanasia is involved...crazy numbers/days/birthdays/Boxing Day
  6. Name goes here
    I read somewhere his birthday was the 24th, diagnosed with cancer the 26th, dead the 28th

    Rip Lemmy.
  7. Cwb20022
    Like gonzo said. Ffs lemmy lived how he wanted. Its sad hes gone. But greater how he wanted lived.

    Im not the biggest fan of motorbead but damn they made a splash.

    Rip lemmy.
  8. JonnyBGoode
    A lot of people i know on social media are saying "I wasn't that much of a fan of his music" but Lemmy is far more than music he is Lemmy! He is the epitome of living Rock and Roll to the fullest, when you look at Ozzy Osborne all shaking and teetotal for the last 30 odd years and then think of Lemmy, who only a few weeks/months ago was playing on stage with more energy than some teenagers, has toured for his entire working life, released over 20 albums, was still swigging Jack Daniels out the bottle and fucking 20 year old groupies in 2015, you realise that the man was a legend that stood up the tag with aplomb.

    Also I do feel that he was somewhat underrated both as a musician and frontman, he was iconic in a lot of ways and the world is a poorer place without him. My personal Motorhead favourite which I also play when I am trying to get off drugs as inspiration is the tune "Stay Clean" !
  9. PoppyGrace
    BBW that song is the ringtone I wake up to every morning for my alarm!

    Well, everyone's gotta go sometime...
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