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Ian Fraser Kilmister dead at 70

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5:28 am on Dec 29, 2015 (gmt 0)

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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.

[breitbart.com...]

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.
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love motorhead and hawkwind (very different bands) ... i saw them both many times in the 1980's.

i met lemmy once in an amusement arcade in st kilda, australia, totally off his head and 3 hours before doing a show that night ... he was pretty friendly and chatted to me for a bit, which was great, especially considering i was a posh english teenager at the time.
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One of the true great musicians that followed his heart and mind in everything it did. You have to admire that. His image belied his true personality, which was that of a gentleman
RIP Lemmy
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His image belied his true personality, which was that of a gentleman

I did some work for Motorhead 1980-82 and always had respect for Lemmy.

Off stage he had no "rock star" airs and graces, and never lost the common touch.

he was pretty friendly and chatted to me for a bit

Sounds like the guy I remember.

Ace Of Spades is still a brilliant song.

Play it loud.

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I love Motorhead, mainly as Lemmy always seemed liked a normal guy. He had a brief period in Hawkwind, who were based near where I lived, and were on stage locally at least twice a month ( it seemed more often at the time ) complete with a lovely lady that took her top off on a regular basis.

Love the songs, RIP, a real shock.
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Stacia..lovely lady..and Lemmy was a gentleman..
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Thank you Leosghost , I'd had a senior moment and forgot her name !
 

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