Motorhead bassist and vocalist Ian Fraser Kilmister died in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 70.
Kilmister, known by the bandís fans and the rock community as Lemmy, passed away after a short battle with cancer, according to a statement on Motorheadís official Facebook page.
Most of you know I am a musician. I like all kinds of music, some less than others. Lemmy (as Kilmister was known) started with Hawkwind back in 1969 (oddly enough my first band in 1964 was called Hawkwind ... USA, no relation to the UK band). While a rocker myself some musical things were just "too weird" (for me at the time) and all of us benefited from those fringe experimenters ... which came to create heavy metal and all that fun, too.
I admire creators and oddballs ... and Lemmy was one of the best in that regard (he got fired from Hawkwind for doing the wrong kind of drugs). Never liked his music but admired his abilities on the bass and full heart to play and sing come hell or high water. In the right place, at the right time, with a pedigree of bulldog to match, he will be remembered for some of the .... I'll leave it at "most interesting songs" as I'm pretty sure I am a fan of the human spirit who also didn't like a single song by Hawkwind or Motorhead.
But we did spend one quiet night bending elbows in an airport lounge waiting for rain delayed flights to different destinations and telling lies and generally liking what we saw in each other.