Sooner or later, even stalwarts falter. Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine accused President Obama of murder and called our nation “Nazi America” at a 2012 concert in Singapore. Korn’s Jonathan Davis appeared on the Alex Jones show last month and branded President Obama an “Illuminati” puppet and “dictator.” I don’t think it’s wrong to say these are radical viewpoints that might paint both performers in a somewhat negative light.
And then there’s the mighty Metallica who went from making records like “Ride the Lightning” and “Master of Puppets” to making mainstream heavy rock and collaborating with guys like the late Lou Reed and Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the Grammys. What happened to everyone?
You wanna know who hasn’t changed? Motorhead. They’re dirty, ugly, loud and wear it as a badge of honor. They live the motto “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.”
Front man/bassist Lemmy Kilmister has been the poster child for mayhem and excess since he roadied for Jimi Hendrix and played in Hawkwind, but at age 67, his fast living has caught up to him in the form of diabetes related health issues that have him sidelined per doctors orders cancelling Motorhead’s European tour plans this spring.
I ask you, could this be Motorhead’s last stand? Is it time for Lemmy to exit stage left? I’ll never count him out, but it does shine a light on the fact that everyone and everything has a time stamp with an expiration date next to it. Lemmy knows this.
He’s on lockdown till his health improves but then what? What does the future hold for him and the band? No Lemmy, no Motorhead. I know everyone is looking out for his best interest but maybe the right thing to do is to back off and let the man live his life the way he wants to. He’s rock N roll royalty, he’s earned it.
I don’t think Lemmy’s the type of guy who’d retire and take up golf or tennis. I don’t believe he has the temperament for that. He’s a road warrior; he needs a stage, fans to play to.
The outlaw spirit that lives inside him is the very thing that makes him and Motorhead dangerous, the way rock ‘n roll was intended to be. I feel like we live in a day and age where poets and madmen are replaced with robots and avatars programmed with fake anger and canned rebellion with marketing and PR firms selling image to sell downloads. Lemmy’s the X-factor in this equation.
He won’t conform, won’t give in and won’t let that happen to Motorhead. He’s made a career out of being outspoken and defiant and he’s good at it.
If this truly is Motorhead’s last stand, and maybe it is, the man needs to go out in style, in a blaze of heavy metal glory. Question: Who’s more powerful, God or Lemmy? Trick question – Lemmy is God.
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