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Bands turned to social media on Monday evening to express their sorrow at the passing of Motörhead bassist and frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
Kilmister died at the age of 70 on December 28, just two days after learning he had an aggressive form of cancer.
Motörhead said in a statement: “There is no easy way to say this. Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness – there aren’t words.
“We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please, play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music loud. Have a drink or a few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. He would want exactly that.”
The band has launched a Facebook page called Lemmy Kilmister for Life, where fans can leave remembrances and tributes.
Kilmister started his career with the space-rock group Hawkwind in 1972 but was fired in 1975 following his arrest for drug possession in Canada in 1975. He formed Motörhead later that year. The band became a mainstay of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal genre, though Lemmy himself considered Motörhead simply rock and roll. The group became famous for its hard-driving 1980 track “Ace of Spades,” on which he intoned, “You know I’m born to lose/And gambling’s for fools/But that’s the way I like it, baby/I don’t want to live forever.”
News of his death late on Monday brought out a torrent of social media posts from his fellow musicians.
Metallica posted a video of Lemmy’s 2009 appearance with them, when they performed the Motörhead track “Too Late Too Late,” as well as the message, “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 and respect, Metallica.”
Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl posted that his “heart is broken,” adding, “We’ve lost a friend and legend.” Lemmy contributed vocals to Probot, Grohl’s 2004 heavy metal side project that teamed him up with musicians that he idolized.
Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine wrote simply, “Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother.”