The world of music woke up today to the sad news that Motörhead‘s frontman Lemmy Kilmister has died yesterday (December 28) at the age of 70, after a short battle with an aggrassive cancer.
Tributes from all around the world are being paid, with musicians from Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeath, Metallica, and others mourning for the loss of the Rock ‘n’ Roll legend. Leading the tributes are Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, who remembered the friend with touching posts on social networks.
The former wrote on Facebook: “Lemmy was truly a one-of-a-kind in rock ‘n’ roll. He was innovative, true to his art and continually relevant even though he never cared about being relevant. He was always creating and redefining hard rock and the role of bass within it. Offstage, he was a gem. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t adore Lemmy. He was such an original character in rock, and I will truly miss seeing him out on the road. My condolences to his family, his band mates and rock fans everywhere. This loss is great“.
Ozzy took Twitter to say: “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“. His wife Sharon Osbourne also remembered the singer, who she has known “for 38 years“.
Metallica released a statement saying: “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We are forever grateful for all of your inspiration. Rest In Peace. Endless Love & Respect, Metallica“. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea also joined the tributes, calling Lemmy “one of the greatest rockers of all time” and “my hero“.
In the meantime, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee has confirmed to Sweden’s Expressen that “Motörhead is over, of course“. He told the magazine how Lemmy embodied the idea of the band and that, despite no more tours or albums releases, the brand will not die and Lemmy will live “in the hearts of everyone“.