MOTÖRHEAD Song Played By Oslo City Hall Bell Tower In Honor Of LEMMY

The carillon in Oslo, Norway’s City Hall bell tower is paying tribute to iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister by playing the band’s song “Electricity” every day at 6:00 p.m. from January 7 until June 1. Other tunes that can be heard during the day include the “Super Mario” theme, “Hurt” by Trent Reznor, and “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Video footage of Oslo City Hall’s Lemmy tribute can be seen below (courtesy of Aftenposten).

Oslo’s 49-bell carillon has long been a traditional part of daily life in the Norwegian capital, chiming on the quarter-hour and also playing an occasional concert. It is situated in Pipervika in central downtown Oslo.

When Norway’s Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, the carillon played his winning song “Fairytale”.

According to Carillon.org, the Oslo City Hall’s first carillon was installed in 1952, consisting of 38 bells. The four largest bells were cast by Olsen Nauen; the 34 other bells came from the Causard foundry. As the Millennium was approaching, and with the City of Oslo celebrating its 1000th anniversary and the City Hall its 50th, it was decided to install a new, enlarged carillon. The order was subsequently given to Olsen Nauen bellfoundry. With its 49 bells and a total (bronze) weight of 19,671kg, this instrument is now the largest carillon in the Nordic countries.

Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died on December 28 in Los Angeles.

MOTÖRHEAD was revered by both metal and punk fans, and Lemmy was considered an icon for his musical talent and his embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle.

Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma in 2014. But despite 40 years of hard living and drinking, he continued to tour and record at a feverish pace.

The band was forced to cancel or postpone a number of shows last year due to Lemmy‘s poor health, which also forced him to cut back on his drinking and give up smoking.

Source: Blabbermouth

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