Lemmy Kilmister Funeral: Live-Streamed Funeral
Published: January 10, 2016
Lemmy Kilmister Funeral: Live-Streamed Funeral, The service is set to be live-streamed via Youtube at 10.30pm UK time (2.30pm LA time) from the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Rock fans from around the world are set to unite in a number of memorial services to celebrate the life of one of the genre’s finest.
Some of the most renown bars on the Sunset Strip – including Lemmy’s favourite local The Rainbow – will be screening the service, with the likes of the Roxy and Whiskey A Go Go following suit. London will see fans gather at the likes of The Wig and Gown in Holloway, which will be playing Motörhead all night long as well as showing the live stream of the funeral.
The Top 10 Defining Motörhead Songs
Lemmy may have left us, but his brilliant legacy remains. Picking just 10 songs that sum up his remarkable life is no easy task – his was, after all, an existence that also defined rock’n’roll itself – but here Kerrang! single out 10 classic Motörhead songs that will live on forever…
10. Motörhead (Motörhead, 1977)
Written in West Hollywood’s Hyatt Hotel (A.K.A. ‘The Riot House’), Lemmy’s last song for British space-rock legends Hawkwind would unwittingly lay the foundations the high-octane career that was to follow. Referring to the American slang term for “speed freaks” and featuring a punk-meets-metal musicality to match, this planted seeds of steel and watered them with acid. Probably also the best use of the word parallelogram in a song ever, too.
9. (We Are) The Road Crew (Ace Of Spades, 1980)
An ode not only to the tireless efforts of the roadies who kept the Motörhead show on the road (let’s not forget Lemmy himself spent some time hauling gear for the legendary Jimi Hendrix), but also to the wild nights, trashed hotels and free-flowing booze that accompanied life on tour, this bluesy riffer should be required listening for any rocker contemplating life in a band.
8. Till The End (Bad Magic, 2015)
‘All I know is who I am / I’ll never let you down!’ promised Lemmy on what would prove to be his final album. Delivered with that distinctive rasp (think a lawnmower running over gravel), this defiant, self-penned eulogy celebrated everything it meant to burn out rather than fade away. ‘I’m still in a rush / I don’t want to hear your fairytales!’ Quite.
7. Hellraiser (March ör Die, 1992)
Originally written with Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde for Ozzy’s 1991 No More Tears album, Lemmy decided this one was just too catchy to give away. Re-recorded by Motörhead for the Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth soundtrack, and also featured on 1992’s March ör Die, this is a perfect example of Lemmy’s ability to deliver commercial appeal with plenty of dirt still beneath the fingernails.
6. Born To Raise Hell (Airheads Soundtrack, 1994)
Featuring Body Count’s Ice T and Whitfield Crane (of Life Of Agony/Ugly Kid Joe notoriety), this fist-pumping contribution to the soundtrack for 1994 music-biz satire Airheads (a cracker featuring Steve Buscemi in his pre-Reservoir Dogs/Boardwalk Empire pomp) managed enough tongue-in-cheek brilliance to fit the film whilst coincidentally defining everything that it was to live life as the ultimate embodiment of rockstar excess.
5. Orgasmatron (Orgasmatron, 1986)
That notoriously provocative title aside (contrary to natural insinuations and the album’s freight-train artwork, this isn’t a song about a single-minded sex-machine guaranteed to “get you there”), this 1986 classic showed Motörhead at their most thoughtful and intellectually articulate. Challenging sociopolitical and religious norms (let’s also not forget Lemmy’s dad was a minister), it’s a song to prove there was plenty beneath that bewarted, hellraising exterior.
4. Bomber (Bomber, 1979)
Tying his lifelong hobby of collecting WWII memorabilia (“The bad guys always had the best uniforms!” he’d shrug to visitors alarmed by the amassed Nazi gear) to his lifelong vocation of kicking hard-rock ass, this rapid-fire cut from their eponymous 1979 offering saw Lemmy steer Motörhead through a sonic battlefield. It also provided the inspiration for the infamous 40-foot lighting-truss that graced the cover of their legendary, Number One-charting live album, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith.
3. Killed By Death (No Remorse, 1984)
By 1984 (four years on from releasing the classic Overkill/Bomber/Ace Of Spades triumvirate within the space of 20 months) some doubters suggested that Motörhead might be a creative spent-force. This put them in their place. Welding furious defiance and live-fast-die-whenever abandon to some of Lemmy’s best-ever wordplay – not to mention one of the most brilliantly cheesy music videos in existence – this promised (accurately) that we were dealing with a lifer who’d keep rocking ’til the scythe fell.
2. Overkill (Overkill, 1979)
Motörhead’s nailed-on set-closer never failed to send live crowds deliriously over the top. Sludgy. Thrashy. Featuring a killer, pit-teasing double-fake-finish. Many of the Motörhead hardcore would even contend this off-the-rails juggernaut is the band’s best song (Even Metallica couldn’t come close to its unhinged power when they covered the song in tribute to the band who contributed so much to their world-conquering sound.)
1. Ace Of Spades (Ace Of Spades, 1980)
Then, of course, there’s the Ace up their sleeve… ‘If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m you’re man / You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me!’ They’re words permanently enshrined in heavy metal history and, when combined with that painfully perfect speed-rock musicality, they’re lyrics guaranteed to send any rocker worth their denim jacket into a loose-footed, hoarse-throated frenzy. Ace Of Spades isn’t just a song; it’s a guarantee that, although Lemmy might be gone, his JD-drenched legacy will never be forgotten.
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