Lemmy Kilmister was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Staffordshire, England in 1945. Once he saw The Beatles perform he decided he wanted to be a musician and began playing in bands. As a young man in his twenties, Kilmister took part in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Lemmy Kilmister formed the English rock band Motörhead in June 1975. Kilmister was a singer, songwriter and bassist and Motörhead is often referred to as the band that influenced British Heavy Metal in the later 1970s, early 1980s. But most fans simply know them as a rock and roll band. Kilmister remained an active member of the band.
The music of Motörhead can also be classified as punk rock and thrash metal as well. Bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica were inspired by Motörhead’s sound. Although Motörhead was more successful in the UK, they achieved their cult status in the US. They won a Grammy Award for their recording of a Metallica cover called “Whiplash”.
Of course music stardom and weird behavior go hand-in-hand. And Lemmy Kilmister was no stranger to the wild rocker life. He was into drugs and was once arrested for drug possession at the Canadian border. He also was heavily into drinking and boasted that he drank a bottle of Jack Daniels a day.
Kilimister had various health issues which caused the cancellation of Motörhead’s tours. Lemmy Kilmister died from an agressive stage of cancer.
He contributed so much to the music world and will be missed.