SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor is the latest musician to pen a tribute to iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who died on Monday (December 28) at the age of 70 after a brief struggle with cancer.
In a piece published on the web site of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Taylor wrote, in part: “A lot of people are going to talk about what a tragedy it is that our friend Lemmy died, and lament how sad it is. But I am going to talk about this: the man lived. He lived his life on his terms right up until the day he died. He played the music he loved. He never compromised, on style or volume. If there was ever a man who took no shit, prisoners or safe routes, it was Lemmy Kilmister. He was everything you wanted him to be: raw, loud, rude, funny and ready to play for his fans — which he did even when he had trouble getting on stage.
“He will never be forgotten, because there is so much to remember: his music, his friendship and most importantly, his life.
“His name was Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister … and he played rock ‘n’ roll. Rest hard and loud, my friend.”
Read Corey’s entire tribute at The Guardian.
Artists including Brian May of QUEEN, Tom Morello, and members of GUNS N’ ROSES, PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, FOO FIGHTERS and dozens more have continued to pay tribute to Lemmy online.
MOTÖRHEAD’s manager, Todd Singerman, told Rolling Stone that Lemmy was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the brain and neck just a few days before his death. He was given two to six months to live.
Singerman and members of the band’s organization had noticed in recent days that Lemmy was having trouble speaking and seemed completely exhausted.
Lemmy had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniel’s habits.
The band was forced to cancel a number of shows this year, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on December 11.