Ian Fraser Kilmister, bekannt als Lemmy, war ein englischer Musiker, Sänger und Songschreiber, der die Rockband Motörhead gründete und als Frontmann auftrat. Mit seiner Musik begründete er das Genre des Heavy Metal. Lemmy war bekannt für sein außergewöhnliches Erscheinungsbild, seine markante, kiesige Stimme und seinen unverwechselbaren Bassspielstil. Er hatte neben seiner Musikkarriere auch viele kleinere Rollen in Film und Fernsehen…

Lemmy Kilmister ist am Montag, 28. Dezember, im Alter von 70 Jahren gestorben. Auf der Facebook-Seite der Band wurde sein Tod bestätigt. “Es gibt keinen einfachen Weg, dies zu sagen … unser mächtiger, edler Freund Lemmy ist heute nach einem kurzen Kampf mit einer extrem aggressiven Krebserkrankung verstorben”, schrieben sie. “Wir können unseren Schock und unsere Trauer nicht in Worte fassen, es gibt keine Worte.”

Aber auch Kilmister selbst war nie um Worte verlegen. In seinem Buch “White Line Fever” brachte Lemmy es schnörkellos auf den Punkt: “Menschen werden nicht besser, wenn sie tot sind; man redet nur über sie, als ob sie es wären. Aber das ist nicht wahr! Menschen sind immer noch Arschlöcher, sie sind nur tote Arschlöcher!”

Zitate von Lemmy Kilmister / Quotes By Lemmy Kilmister

“If you’re going to be a fucking rock star, go be one. People don’t want to see the guy next door on stage; they want to see a being from another planet.”

“Apparently people don’t like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, ‘Oh! Wait a minute — I was wrong.’ I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you.” 

“I don’t understand people who believe that if you ignore something, it’ll go away. That’s completely wrong — if it’s ignored it gathers strength. Europe ignored Hitler for 20 years. As a result he slaughtered a quarter of the world!” 

“The only interesting thing about religion is how many people it’s slaughtered.”

“Religion is stupid anyway. I mean, a virgin gets pregnant by a ghost! You would never get away with that in a divorce court, would you?”

I made more money out of writing those four songs for Ozzy than I made out of fifteen years of Motörhead – ludicrous, isn’t it!

“As you go through life’s rich tapestry, you realize that most people you meet aren’t fit to shine your shoes. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true. A good friend is someone who’d hide you if you were on the run for murder. How many of them do you know?”

“I don’t do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.”

“I don’t understand people who believe that if you ignore something, it’ll go away. That’s completely wrong — if it’s ignored it gathers strength. Europe ignored Hitler for 20 years. As a result he slaughtered a quarter of the world!” 

“Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.” 

“I’m not too old, and until I decide I’m too old I’ll never be too f**king old.”

“I’m an egomaniac. I like being the centre of attention as much as anybody so I didn’t mind. I was in it for the girls, to tell the truth.”

My ethic is: ‘Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.’ You can be as careful as you want, but you’re going to die anyway, so why not have fun?

“If you think you are too old to rock ‘n roll then you are.”

A kid once said to me “Do you get hangovers?” I said, “To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.

In my life so far, I have discovered that there are really only two kinds of people: those who are for you, and those who are against you. Learn to recognize them, for they are often and easily mistaken for each other.

We wanna be like Status Quo and go on forever. Chuck Berry never changed. Little Richard never changed. I’d rather be like that and stick to a formula we’re happy with.

I’ve always liked America because it’s…eager. Whereas the British are resentful. They still haven’t gotten over losing India. The British get on my tits all the time.

All you got in life is your honor, man, your own self-image, your own self-respect. If you lose that, or if you give it away or if you sell it, then you ain’t got it no more.

The only time I’ve seen any rebellion was in the fifties, sixties and early seventies. The rest of it you can keep.

Music had been going on a long time before that. You have to remember that before rock n’ roll there were a bunch of jazz musicians all doing heroin. That sh*t has been around a long time.

It’s all random, everything is random. We like to put our patterns on things, but nature never wrote a straight line.

Don’t look to me. Don’t ask for help. Don’t ask for anything that you can do yourself.

Safe sex, safe music, safe clothing, safe hair spray, safe ozone layer. Too late! Everything that’s been achieved in the history of mankind has been achieved by not being safe.

There are a lot of good books around. People don’t read any more. It’s a sad state of affairs. Reading’s the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it’s someone else’s vision, isn’t it?

Reading’s the only thing that allows you to use your imagination.

That was a great time, the summer of ’71 – I can’t remember it, but I’ll never forget it!

My entire social life is spent in bars, so I don’t see giving up drinking as a viable option. Could you see me saying, ‘Tomato juice please?

It seems that our brave new world is becoming less tolerant, spiritual and educated than it ever was when I was young.

Born to lose. Live to win.

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