Lemmy Remembered by Bandmates from Motorhead, Hawkwind
In the wake of Lemmy Kilmister's passing on Monday (Dec. 28), a number of the Motörhead frontman's former bandmates have taken to social media to share their grief and pay tribute to his mighty musical legacy.
One of the most heartfelt homages comes from Hawkwind leader Dave Brock, who played alongside Lemmy in his band — and unwittingly helped give birth to Motörhead when he fired Lemmy in 1975. Despite that bumpy parting, the two developed a deep friendship over the years.
"So very sad to wake to the news that we have lost Lemmy. I’ll miss him, and especially our eccentric text conversations of recent years," wrote Brock. "We had a magical bond when we played together. He had a style all of his own. His legendary bass playing will live on forever. We’ll miss you, man. You’ll not be forgotten."
Former Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke added his own remembrance via Facebook, reeling from the news — especially so soon after ex-Motörhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor passed away. "I have just been told that Lemmy has passed away in LA. Like Phil, he was like a brother to me. I am devastated," wrote Clarke. "We did so much together, the three of us. The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words. ... He will live on in our hearts. R.I.P Lemmy!"
Drummer Matt Sorum, who filled in behind the kit for Motörhead during a 2009 tour, also had kind words for Lemmy, posting a Facebook note calling him "the greatest badass in the history of rock 'n' roll" and looking back fondly on their time together.
"He was someone that carved the way and we followed by example. Stick to what you believe in, never waver, and everybody else can f--- off," wrote Sorum. "He taught me to respect myself and have respect and gratitude for the life we'd been given. He will always remain in my heart as a guide to push on. Take no prisoners and never give up. The world of rock is shaken today but thank god Lemmy was here to teach us how it's supposed to be done."
For current Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell, who'd been a cornerstone of the band's lineup for more than 30 years, the sadness surrounding Lemmy's passing is obviously still too strong to put into words. Still, Campbell did reach out to fans via Twitter, thanking them for their kind thoughts and offering a small token of gratitude for his years in the group.
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