Lemmy Kilmister

Born: December 24, 1945
Stoke-on-Trent, Statfordshire, England

Lemmy grew up in England. His father was a preacher, and his mother played the piano during service. Lemmy began showing interest in rock and roll by the time he was a teenager, however, and he began listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He attained a guitar, but decided to play bass instead, and he joined such bands as the Rockin’ Vickers and Opal Butterfly. In the late 60’s, Kilmister found himself as the guitar technician for a man named Jimi Hendrix, and he toured England with him. Kilmister then joined a band called Hawkwind in the early 70’s, but the group failed to achieve any real notoriety. By the mid-70’s, Kilmister had been fired from Hawkwind because of a drug charge, and Lemmy split to form his own band. He wanted to get away from the psychedelic blues scene, and produce some hard-driving guitar rock and roll. He first named his band Bastard, but soon changed it to Motorhead. The group’s lineup was always shifting, but the popular version of the band included Lemmy on vocals and bass, Phil Taylor on drums, and Eddie Clarke on the guitar. Motorhead became the archetypical British metal band, and achieved a loyal underground following that few bands ever attain. Throughout the late 70’s, all of the 80’s and 90’s, and into the new millennium, Motorhead has managed to persevere throughout. The lineup has changed, but the constant has been Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy has also found time in his busy career to help fellow metal heads write and produce music. He has also played small parts and cameos in films and documentaries. Lemmy is the ideal example of a dying breed of metal maniacs.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Bass Guitar Songwriter

British Metal

Bands That Lemmy Kilmister Has Played For:

Lemmy Kilmister Has Worked With:
Phil Campbell Mickey Dee Ozzy Osbourne "Fast" Eddie Clarke

Artists That Were Influenced By Lemmy Kilmister:
Cliff Burton James Hetfield
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