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KP says: Lemmy is dead. Motörhead is dead. Rock 'n' roll is dead?        
Updated: 2015-12-29 19:35:51    Type:  music comment     English  View Comment Details   
Lemmy is dead. Motörhead is dead. Rock 'n' roll is dead? (music comment)
We had known it for years. The clock was ticking. Everybody knew it, Lemmy probably knew it more than anybody. Nothing lasts forever. Not even an immortal Rock God. Even though the light that burned twice as bright burned twice as long too, it still came to an end. Lemmy has left this miserable mud-ball planet after 70 years of duty. Too many of my heroes have done so recently. Gunnar Hansen aka Leatherface left us in November 2015. David Murray Brockie aka GWAR's Oderus Urungus left the planet in March 2014. You feel like an old man when all your heroes are dying around you.

"I always knew, the only way,
Is never live, beyond today,
They proved me right,
They proved me wrong,
But they could never last this long,
My life, my heart, black night, dark star, Capricorn.

Lemmy had been struggling for years. He was stubborn as fuck and a true fighter. Let's be honest though, a Motörhead live gig hasn't quite been what it used to be, for the last 5 years or so. But just the joy of being in the same room as the legend, to hear the immortal songs, to stare at that Marshall Stack with "Murder One" on top, to have your ears smashed in and to hear the same old jokes from Lemmy, was more than enough to make you smile for days.

No matter what I thought I knew, and how well I knew the end was near, I wasn't prepared for how hard it would hit me. I read the news at 5:00 this morning, spent a few minutes validating the truth of it, while tears slowly began to fill my eyes. It was a good thing I had to go to work today, because it made it possible to distract my thoughts a little, even though the constant Facebook feed frequently interupted my mind. I had more than a hard time trying to keep a poker face, while I sat there and felt sad and dead inside.

Lemmy was not just a singer and a bassist in a rock band. Lemmy was rock 'n' roll itself made out of flesh and bones. He was the real deal. There was nothing fake about him. He spoke the truth and he never compromised. He did it his way and he never gave a single fuck about what other people thought about that. So many bands have tried to copy that, but failed, because they were either fake or they compromised.

I feel like rock'n'roll died with Lemmy. I know it didn't, but in a way, it did. There will never be another like him again. They don't build them that way anymore. He was a wonderful dinosaur from a different time and age, and he will be remembered to the end of days. It looks like the cockroaches won the battle after all, but they always do, don't they?

"So you see, the only proof,
Of what you are is in the way you see the truth,
Don't be scared, live to win,
Although they're always gonna tell you it's a sin,
In the end, you're on your own,
And there is no-one that can stop you being alone, Stay Clean.

Motörhead's music will live on forever. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything.

Book reviews:
Steffen Jungersen : "Mig & Lemmy - en rock'n'roll krønike"
Cd/vinyl reviews:
Motörhead - Motörizer  ♦  The CroBar - Vol One  ♦  Slash - R&FN'R (limited edition)  ♦  Motörhead - The Wörld Is Yours  ♦  Various - Butchering The Beatles (a headbashing tribute)  ♦  The Head Cat - Walk the Walk... Talk the Talk  ♦  Motörhead - Aftershock  ♦  Motörhead : Bad Magic  ♦  David Bowie : Blackstar  ♦  Abbath : "Abbath"  ♦  Motörhead – The Löst Tapes Vol. 1 (Live In Madrid 1995)  ♦  Motörhead - Kiss of Death  ♦  Motörhead - Better Motörhead Than Dead - Live 2005
Concert reviews:
Motörhead - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark - 2007-12-04 - Live  ♦  The Black Crusade - KB-hallen - Denmark - 2007-12-10 - Live  ♦  Screamin' Eric - Studenterhuset - Copenhagen, Denmark - 2008-04-05  ♦  Motörhead - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark - 2008-12-09 - Live  ♦  Dragontears - Loppen - Copenhagen - 2009-04-18 - Live  ♦  Motörhead - Live @ Graa Hal, Copenhagen - 2009-06-06  ♦  Adam Ant - The Scala - London - Live - 2010-04-30  ♦  Motörhead - Roskilde Festival - Denmark - Live - 2010-07-04  ♦  Grinderman - Vega, Copenhagen - Denmark - Live - 2011-07-12  ♦  Motörhead - Aalborg and Copenhagen - Denmark - Live - 2011-12-02 + 04  ♦  The Raveonettes - Vega, Copenhagen - Live - 2011-12-10   ♦  Here's a few afterthoughts from Copenhell 2012  ♦  The Raveonettes - Vega, Copenhagen - Live - 2012-10-26  ♦  Gutter Island Festival 2014, Masnedø Fort, 2014-08-22 + 23.  ♦  Accept - Amager Bio, Copenhagen - 2014-09-19  ♦  The Raveonettes - Vega, Copenhagen - Live - 2014-12-11  ♦  Abbath @ The O2 Forum - Kentish Town, London, Live, 2016-01-23  ♦  Wendy James @ Rough Trade East / Old Blue Last - London, Live, 2016-02-15  ♦  Et tilbageblik på Copenhell 2016  ♦  Warner E. Hodges live @ Sankt Gertruds, Malmö, Sweden, 2017-10-18   ♦  Hollywood Vampires - Tivoli, Copenhagen, 2018-06-08  ♦  Nine Inch Nails - Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, 2018-07-02  ♦  Roskilde Festival 2007 - The worst band selection ever at RF
Dvd/bluray reviews:
Motörhead - Stage Fright  ♦  Live At Wacken 2009 (20th Anniversary) - 3 dvd  ♦  Motörhead - The Wörld Is Ours - Vol. 1  ♦  Motörhead : "Clean Your Clock" [CD + Blu-Ray)  ♦  Motörhead : "Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin", CD+DVD
Movie reviews:
Lemmy - The Movie  ♦  Hellraiser 1-2-3 (revisited in 2011)
Music comments:
30 albums I would take with me to a galaxy far far way  ♦  The 10 best live concerts I saw in 2011  ♦  25 albums I would take with me to a galaxy far far way  ♦  Top 5 : music albums of 2015  ♦  Rock 'N' Roll Is Dead! (And It Lived In Minneapolis) - R.I.P. Prince  ♦  The year of shit named 2016 - KP's "Best of vs. Worst of"  ♦  KP's 2017 Album Top 10  ♦  New records added to my collection - 2019  ♦  New records added to my collection - 2020  ♦  Albums - Top 1000 - Year 2021
Album reviews:
Motörhead Albums
Music photos:
Motörhead - The Wörld Is Yours - Collector's Pack  ♦  Motörhead - Live @ Graa Hal, Copenhagen - Photos  ♦  Motörhead - The Wörld Is Yours - Collector's Pack  ♦  Motörhead - Live @ Roskilde Festival 2010, Photos  ♦  Motörhead - Live @ Vega, Copenhagen - Photos  ♦  Motörhead - Live @ Vega, Copenhagen - Photos  ♦  Motörhead - Live in Aalborg and Copenhagen 2011, Photos