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Today is Lemmy Kilmisters birthday. He would have been 75 years old.
The end of 2015 was a sad time for all Motörhead fans around the globe. We are slowly coming up on five years without the founder, lead singer, bassist, and songwriter of the extremely well-loved heavy metal band Motörhead — Lemmy Kilmister.
Not to dwell on the negative, Lemmy was one of the founders of the heavy metal genre and will be remembered as such. In addition to appreciating his professionalism and love of heavy metal music, fans appreciated Lemmy as a unique person who enjoyed breaking barriers.
An excellent way to reminisce about someone is to learn more about them — so, let’s go over some fun facts about the rock god Lemmy.
Lemmy used to be the road manager for Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He was also briefly a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. Lemmy told Rolling Stone in 2010 regarding working for the guitar icon: “Whenever they needed an extra pair of hands I was right there. I didn’t get the job for any talent or anything. But I did see Jimi play a lot. Twice a night for about three months.”
Iron Maiden have a mascot named “Eddy,” Motorhead have “Snaggletooth.” Artist Joe Petagno came up with the idea of a gorilla-dog hybrid with wild boar tusks. Lemmy then added the helmet, chains and spit. Snaggletooth appears on most Motorhead album covers.
Kilmister formed Motorhead in 1975 after being fired from the band Hawkwind in 1975. Motorhead’s original name was “Bastard,” but was changed to “Motorhead” after the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind.
Lemmy’s real name was Ian Fraser Kilminster. He acquired his nickname as a child as he was always asking to borrow money.
Lemmy has acted in several movies directed by Lloyd Kaufman and released by Troma Studios, among them Tromeo & Juliet and Terror Firmer.
Lemmy’s father was a vicar.
Lemmy didn’t pick up a bass until he was 23. He had previously played guitar but, in his own words, he was “mediocrity squared.”
Motorhead provide the entrance music for both WWE wrestler Triple H (“Play The Game”), and Triple H’s wrestling stable Evolution (“Line In The Sand”).
Lemmy is often seen as the most hedonistic artist on earth. He claims to have done speed for over 20 years. Even past age 60 he claims he still does drugs every day, eats lot of junk food, and drinks a bottle of whiskey a day. He claims to have had sex with over 3000 women during his life.
Rumor has it that when Lemmy asked a doctor for blood purification, the doctor said that his body is so adapted to speed that pure blood would kill him.