The frontman Slash called of his hero


These days, very little can make Slash feel like a movie star. One of the greatest guitarists ever, he has worked with some of the greatest names in music history. He took lead guitar on albums by Ray Charles and shared the stage with The Rolling Stones and blues greats like BB King. Even with these incredible experiences, Slash acknowledged that collaborating with Lemmy was one of the biggest thrills of his career.

Lemmy might have been the epitome of what hard rock music was meant to sound like before Slash was born. Even though he didn’t carry a guitar on his back, he managed to bridge the gap between classic rock & roll and contemporary hard rock. He did this by slamming the bass on stage and singing every song in a raspy voice.

Lemmy didn’t really set out to create the wheel, after all. Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs that stirred deep emotions always drew him in. If someone had asked him what he wanted to do with his life, he probably would have replied to either get laid or join a rock and roll band.

Even though the majority of Motörhead’s music may seem very different from that early rock and roll, some of their most intriguing moments stem from returning to the genre’s origins. Examples of these moments include when they reinvent the wheel on Another Perfect Day or manage to grow even more bluesy with age on the 2000s song “Whorehouse Blues.”

Lemmy was like one of Slash’s all-time fu*king heroes, and he’s a mate too. Slash saw Lemmy as the epitome of what a rock and roll figure should be. When he was recording his solo album, the guitarist thought it made too much sense to include him on track. I truly value every aspect of him. It just seemed like the coolest thing to do, so I asked him to play on the record. He’s such an amazing lyricist. He came in and wrote these great f—ing words,” he said.

But given the subject matter of Lemmy’s song “Doctor Alibi,” it might as well be a biography of the musician. Lemmy was so outrageous that he could have put Keith Richards to shame when it came to the greatest bad boys of rock & roll. He was usually high all day. He drank Jack Daniel’s and Coke on the road, then returned to the studio to record. It’s possible that the lyrics he was reciting about his rock and roll habits and not listening to medical advice relied on an actual discussion he had with an expert at one point.

Even in his last hours, Lemmy remained committed to taking his own life as he saw fit. Even though he had just received a severe cancer diagnosis, he continued to perform until the very end. He toured the world for as long as he could remain upright, belting out hits like “Overkill.”

But then again, perhaps Slash identified with Lemmy’s methods in some way. In their prime, they both engaged in their fair share of inappropriate behaviour. However,  once the record button is pressed, nothing can stop a bad song with a killer riff and attitude.

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