SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS paid tribute to iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister last night (Thursday, December 31) by performing the MOTÖRHEAD classic “Ace Of Spades” during their concert at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Slash was last joined on stage by Lemmy for a rendition of “Doctor Alibi” during the GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist’s concert on August 2, 2012 at House Of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Doctor Alibi” comes off Slash’s self-titled solo album, which came out in April 2010.
In a March 2010 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Slash stated about the experience of recording “Doctor Alibi” with Lemmy, “That was another great moment; having Lemmy come down. Because Lemmy was one of those guys that I so looked up to and I still do. When I was a kid, I was one of those Lemmy fans that would bow in his presence. And we got to be friends and he’s always sort of taken me under his wing kind of thing and he’s always been really cool. Lemmy is one of those kinds of guys who can have a real serious attitude if he wants to. He’s actually a really nice guy in general. I always thought he was sort of intimidating but he was always really nice to me. And I’ve had a chance to work with him; I’ve played on one of their records [‘March or Die’] and I’ve done a lot of gigs with ‘em. I asked him if he’d be interested and I sent him the thing and he got it right away and he came down to the studio. . . We had bottle of Jack Daniels and a couple bags of potato chips and it reminded me of when I used to show up at sessions. It was great. And the song is all about how the doctor told him how he might have to quit partying and then another doctor said, ‘No, you need to continue.’ It’s a great personal thing; I’m really honored to have it on there.”
Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later, on December 26, that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on Monday (December 28) at his home in Los Angeles.
Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma last year. 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.
While MOTÖRHEAD itself was revered by metal and punk fans, Lemmy himself became a rock and roll icon and elder statesman, the embodiment of a musician who lived the rock lifestyle to the fullest and never stopped.