Reports surfaced early this morning that the widely loved Motorhead frontman had lost his battle with cancer.
It quickly became apparent what a well respected and adored character he was as the tributes poured in from all angles, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian May, Gene Simmons and many more spoke highly of him.
Probably the most fitting tribute though, was that of Queens of The Stone Age man, Josh Homme, who lead the way with a lengthy, explicit post on instagram.
“Actually, I’m pissed off Lem is dead. This sucks. One of the last REAL rock n roll motherfuckers has crossed over & I miss him. He was true to himself without question. He knew, there was no other pathway. A no bullshit, one of a kind, sharp tongued, hard livin’, un-PC, stylish, hilarious & flat out genuine badass leader. He didn’t give a fuck about yer peanut gallery, your anonymous opinion in the comment section or your fragile fucking sensibilities. Yet, he was always a caring & fascinating, kind & honest, gracious & a wise, intelligent & valuable friend. Never a bully, always a honorable rogue. You got a straight answer outta Lem, even if it was not what you wanted to hear. Because he was the genuine article. a maverick, an icon. The rest of these posers are trying to sell you water & champagne or are “building their brand”… Just Fucking snake oil salesmen. Toads. Greedy jive ass turkeys. Panderers. Hacks. Followers. Desperate for fame. Fuck fame. Fame is the toilet paper used on the ass of infamy. & infamy is dangerous & chaotic. Fuck safety. Fuck rules. Fuck insurance based suggestions. Lemme’s “brand” was forged in the fires of individuality & would scar you for life. Lemmy IS rock n roll. Lemmy cared for his crew, his fans & that’s it. He United punks & metalheads without being either, yet somehow embodied both. He had the respect from all scenes & sides. No one, I mean, no one else did. Or could’ve. You don’t respect or dig Motorhead?? Then You musta ain’t never heard em before or you jus don’t know shit about jack. Fact. Lemmy, You will never be forgotten. I’m Proud to have had spent so many hours lost in conversation with you brotha. All My love & respect to you. See you in Valhalla. Jho”
Lemmy passed at his home, two days after learning he had cancer. Motorhead posted a statement following the news, most notably urging fans to play his music loud and “have a drink or few. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself”
Check out the full statement below, be warned though, it’s a tough one to take in.