Lemmy Kilmister's death has radiated through all generations and genres of the rock community – with artists from Ozzy Osbourne to Dave Grohl paying their respects. Now Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has saluted the Motörhead legend in a poignant post for The Guardian.
Taylor opens by chronicling his life-altering first encounter with Motörhead's gut-punching 1980 classic "Ace of Spades," which he heard during the British sitcom The Young Ones. "The guitars were smuggling razor blades, the drums were pummelling and through it all … there was Lemmy Kilmister, playing bass and straining his neck to sing into the mic that always seemed a little too high, until you realized it was just right," he writes. "I sat transfixed, unable to describe what I was seeing or hearing, and unable to understand why I loved it instantly. But it didn’t matter if I didn’t understand. I just knew it kicked ass."
The singer talks about his close relationship with Lemmy – which included "touring the world together on various festivals [and] running into each other at awards shows." He then shares his "favorite story" from over the years, which happened at the offices of Gibson Guitars Germany, where the rockers were gathered to check out new gear, do press and "sign some shit." They ended up standing outside "chain smoking, bullshitting and laughing like crazy."
"It was then that Lemmy proceeded to tell me the most hardcore joke I’d ever heard," Taylor reflects. "I can’t tell it here because it’d never get published, but it involved a grandmother and an elbow. I laughed so damn hard I thought my pancreas was going to rupture. Once I caught my breath, I had a sense of where I was: hiding in a tiny room, smoking cigarettes, telling dirty jokes and hanging out with my friend, who just happened to be a man I’d been listening to most of my life. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little fanboy moment."
Taylor ends not with mourning, but with celebration of Lemmy's one-of-a-kind life: "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."
Read Taylor's full piece at The Guardian.