Houston Remembers Lemmy With Grief, Profanity and Love

Headbangers around the world are mourning the death of a true metal icon after Motörhead singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister passed away Monday evening at age 70. According to a message on the band’s Facebook page, his death came following “a short battle with 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 it’s way down the street, with his family.

Motörhead was last scheduled to play Houston’s House of Blues this past September, but pulled out after Lemmy struggled during a show in Austin, walking offstage after only three songs, and canceled the next night in San Antonio. They never got a chance to reschedule, making the band's final Houston-area concert the Rockstar Mayhem tour also featuring Slipknot and Anthrax, which stopped at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in July 2012.

Lemmy’s was the second death in the Motörhead family in as many months, following the November 11 passing at age 61 of drummer Phil “Philthy Animal" Taylor, who served with the band between 1975 and 1984 and 1987 and 1992. Motörhead’s message Monday continued:

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.

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That’s exactly what happened all over the Internet Monday night. Besides tributes from across the rock spectrum and beyond — Cheap Trick, the Dead Kennedys, Judas Priest, Supersuckers, Phil Anselmo, Ministry and dozens more — lots of Houston music folk shared their own memories. We've linked a few of our own below.

RIP Lemmy. We miss you already.

By now your FB feed is rife with odes and tributes to the passing of this rock icon. I still felt the need to post...

Posted by Vinal Edge Records on Monday, December 28, 2015

RIP Lemmy. Words can't describe what you have done for Rock N Roll

Posted by Venomous Maximus on Monday, December 28, 2015

Damn that's sad news. Rest in peace Lemmy Kilmister Motörhead.

Posted by Cactus Music on Monday, December 28, 2015

He came, he saw, he rocked, he left. R.I.P Lemmy.

Posted by To Whom it May on Monday, December 28, 2015

Just heard the terrible news and have to say he certainly led quite the life and made a substantial mark on the world....

Posted by Oceans of Slumber on Monday, December 28, 2015

It's the fourth day of Christmas. I'm off social media until the 12th day. But I must make an exception: #RIPLemmy. I...

Posted by Craig Kinsey on Monday, December 28, 2015

Sad, sad day for Rock n Roll.

Posted by Fitzgerald's Houston on Monday, December 28, 2015

Remember hearing couple a months ago that Lemmy had to walk off stage during Austin show and canceled the san Antonio...

Posted by Don Walsh on Monday, December 28, 2015

RIP Lemmy. Have one with Dio out there.

Posted by Jody Seabody and the Whirls on Monday, December 28, 2015

Hear hear.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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