From releasing 21 albums to creating red wine, Motörhead star Lemmy has done it all


MOTöRHEAD legend Lemmy has only one dream left to fulfil – to be Pope.

The 67-year-old is a godfather of heavy metal whose outfit are now a T-shirt band and even peddle their own brand of whisky, vodka and wine.

As one of rock’s true stars, he’s done it all – from drugs to drink to women.

But he chuckled: “I’ve never been Pope. But I think that’s kind of out of reach now. I’m getting to the right age but I’m the wrong religion, so that’s it.

“I’ve done pretty good. I’ve realised a lot of my goals. I can’t complain. And I’ve seen 100,000 people shouting my name. What more do you want out of life?”

Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy, saw The Beatles play at the Cavern Club at 16, and learned to play guitar to their debut, Please Please Me.

He started his own bands and became a roadie for The Jimi Hendrix Experience before joining Hawkwind in 1972, playing bass and singing on tunes including Silver Machine.

He was fired from the band in 1975 after being held on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

He formed a new band, a trio called Motörhead, inspired by the final song he had written for Hawkwind.

Motörhead became one of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands. Tunes such as Ace of Spades, Overkill and Motörhead inspired a generation of speed and thrash metal bands, now the driving force of heavy rock.


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