Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motorhead is still rocking our world months after his death at the age of 70, a mere two days after his birthday. The rock and roll legend is about to get his famous face on a limited number of postage stamps issued by the German post office.
For those who don’t know who Kilmister is, seeing his face might be a bit of a shock. One side is a tad unsightly, but that never seemed to bother the rocker. He simply grew his beard out and took attention away from it with his iconic silver skull and crossed sword hats. Most fans don’t even mind because the man had a voice that made you forget all about appearance and just jam out.
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Lemmy Kilmister even improved a song which had originally launched Metallica to super-stardom in the heavy metal scene. “Enter Sandman” brought James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and the rest out of the garage and made them household names. One time they even held a private concert where all of the members of the band dressed up like Lemmy and played classic Motorhead songs on his birthday.
It was probably Lemmy’s sense of humor that led to his band remaking Metallica’s song and making it even harder. The humor comes with the title of the remake being “F*ck Metallica,” a shocking and ironic way of paying tribute to the original artists.
Lemmy was never one to back down from maintaining his image, and as he got older, he would keep performing, rivaling Ozzy Osbourne in longevity. Once he even collapsed on stage from dehydration and had to cancel some tour dates to recover. That is one dedicated rocker.
Lemmy Kilmister’s influence has been seen across the world, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a song which rocks harder than “Ace of Spades,” a tribute to his love for gambling. The German post office is also paying tribute to that by releasing a limited number of stamps featuring the face of Motorhead’s frontman.
German newspaper Bild made the announcement, “One stamp package contains ten stamps, five Lemmy motifs in total and everyone can compile the stamps the way they like. These stamps are limited to 7,777 – Lemmy’s lucky seven – and will be available for four weeks only, between May 17 and June 17.”
The number is also a reference to the ultimate roll on a slot machine — all sevens. To make the stamps even more sought-after, collectors will need to get German currency to buy a package of them and visit the Bild website. They will not be sold anywhere else, officially.
Bild also continued their tribute to the fallen legend by saying that Lemmy Kilmister was “a great artist, a gentleman, an honest and loyal person, an icon for many and an inspiration for his fellow artists and fans.”
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Fans have even created a petition to further honor the fallen Motorhead frontman. They want to change the name of Kilmister’s favorite beverage, Jack and Coke, to “The Lemmy.” A Swedish Thunder Car race has been renamed the Lemmy 500 and will host a live performance by the remaining members of the band.
You can also pay tribute by jamming out like always when Motorhead releases a live performance from Germany on CD and DVD. These were the final two performances with Lemmy Kilmister and may very well be worth a listen.
Will you be grabbing some Lemmy stamps?
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