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Lemmy was Motörhead who lives on in the hearts of everyone..

Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (Dec 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on Monday (Dec 28) at his home in Los Angeles. On 28th of December 2015, Motorhead posted the following statement via their official Facebook page:

“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.  

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win.”

MOTORHEAD-FRANK-WHITE--AUG-6-08-CAMDEN-NJ-12_WEBIt was hard to believe but that was right, Lemmy, the founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has passed away at the age of 70. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister (24 Dec 1945 – 28 Dec 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre. He was influenced by rock and roll and the early Beatles, which led to him playing in several rock groups in the 1960s, most significantly the Rockin’ Vickers. He worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing lead on their hit “Silver Machine”.The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades. Motörhead’s loud, fast style was a pioneering force in heavy metal with Lemmy’s vocal growl and aggressive bass playing.

Speaking to Sweden’s Expressen, drummer Mikkey Dee said:
”Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many.We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”

Over the years as guitarists and drummers changed through Motörhead’s lineup, Lemmy remained as the heart of the machine. The legendary rock band put in a total of 40 years, with Lemmy at the helm the entire time. On Dec. 11, Motorhead concluded their 40th anniversary tour with a show in Berlin. As usual, Motorhead’s set was capped off by “Overkill”.

“He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable. It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It’s heartening that we didn’t cancel because of Lemmy.I’m incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together.”

Lemmy had recently bested a nasty lung infection, which caused Motorhead to cancel a number of shows, some mid-performance. However, he mustered up the strength to complete the tour, proving his unwavering commitment to entertaining his fans. Lemmy refused to lose and was able to finish the 40th anniversary tour. Legends will never die as Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi mentioned in his statement:

“Very sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Lemmy. He gave so much to the music business and was totally dedicated to his fans. His legend will never die. His life was all about the music, being on stage and a giving pleasure to others.

“Rest in peace, Lemmy. You’ll be greatly missed.”

The Thrill is Gone: King of Blues BB King passed away at 89

Riley B. King the legendary blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist known by his stage name B.B. King passed away on 14th May 2015 in Las Vegas. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed. He was considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues“, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King). Ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”, King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average, 342 shows alone in 1956.

For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues and recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s. King married country blues to big city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions playing a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille. He was known for his signature sound that included beautiful solo runs punctuated by loud chords, shimmering vibratos and bent notes. His style was unusual. King didn’t like to sing and play at the same time, so he developed a call-and-response between him and Lucille. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said in his autobiography, “Blues All Around Me” (1996), written with David Ritz. The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and two centuries. His playing style influenced a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, gave a guitar to Pope John Paul II and had President Barack Obama sing along to his “Sweet Home Chicago.” Other Grammys included best male rhythm `n’ blues performance in 1971 for “The Thrill Is Gone,” best ethnic or traditional recording in 1982 for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” and best traditional blues recording or album several times. His final Grammy came in 2009 for best blues album for “One Kind Favor.”

Mr. King struggled with a weight problem and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the 1980s. In later years, his condition forced him to perform in a chair. After the cancellation of the remaining eight shows of his 2014 tour because of health problems, King announced on October 8, 2014, he was back at home to recuperate. He passed away in his sleep on May 14, 2015 from a series of small strokes caused by Type 2 diabetes. He often reminded people of those hard times when he told the story of the 1949 fire in which he nearly lost his guitar.“I usually say you can get another guitar but not another B.B. King.” King held honorary doctorates from several American universities, and his life and career are remembered at the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre in Mississippi.