Over five years ago, the rock ‘n’ roll icon passed away from cancer, leaving behind a final request to have his remains turned into bullets for his friends.
“Before his death #Lemmy asked for his ashes to be put in some bullets & handed out to his closest friends,” Rachtman explained on Twitter. “Today I received a bullet & was literally brought to tears Thank you Motorhead.”
The post prompted one Twitter user to comment: “Dude is more badass in death than alive and that’s saying something. This is the biggest power move ever.”
At the start of 2020, Pat Cash posted an image to Instagram taken from Lemmy’s favorite Los Angeles pub, The Rainbow Bar & Grill. “#Lemmy (RIP) from #Motörhead asked that his ashes be put in some bullet and given out to his closest friends, last night one was presented to my mate #whitefieldCrane whilst we were having dinner at Lemmy’s bar in ‘The Rainbow,'” Cash wrote.
The rock legend’s hard-hitting juicy bass licks and gravelly voice are nearly as well known as his appetite for Jack Daniels and Coca-Cola, renamed “the Lemmy” to honor him at The Rainbow. He was also known to live in a Los Angeles apartment that reached hoarding levels of clutter.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters remembers remembers the startling abode for the first time:
“I was shocked at how fucking disgusting it was. These aisles of magazines and VHS tapes, stacked three to four feet high, Lemmy sitting on the couch, in his black bikini underwear with a spiderweb on them, after just dyeing his hair black, doing a phone interview, with a video game on pause on the television.”
Grohl added: “I will never, ever forget every little detail of that day. Especially not the black underwear, with a spiderweb and a black widow spider right where the dick is.”
Motörhead is remembered as a groundbreaking metal band whose signature T-shirts became a fixture at concerts, as well as for to the creation of Motörhead scented candles.
On Dec. 28, 2015, Lemmy died at the age of 70 from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure. He continued to play shows with Motörhead until only a few weeks before his death.
Motörhead disbanded after the death of the near-mythical frontman. Drummer Mikkey Dee was added to the lineup of the Scorpions, and guitarist Phil Campbell moved on to his own band, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons.
In 2020 Motörhead was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of fame but has yet to be inducted.
“In my book, if anyone really deserves to be in that Hall of Fame, it’s Motörhead in so many ways because of the inspiration on thousands of bands,” Dee said. “Even the biggest of the biggest have been so influenced by Motörhead and Lemmy. It’s the real deal. If you talk to Ozzy [Osbourne], he thinks that Motörhead should have been in before Black Sabbath, even.”