It's been 40 years since Motorhead dropped their iconic album Ace of Spades, but its legacy is ageless.
Motorhead's fourth studio album, their first to be released in the U.S., turned 40 years old this week. Sadly the main protagonist of the band, and its characterful lead singer Lemmy is no longer with us to celebrate this milestone having died from a combination of prostrate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure in 2015. His legacy, however, lives on and is no better represented than in his band's biggest selling album, Ace Of Spades.
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Prior to the release of Motorhead's tour de force in 1980, Stoke-On-Trent's finest export Ian Fraser Kilminster had certainly done his ground work and put in the time. After joining Hawkwind, as a bassist instead of the guitarist he intended to be, and helping them record their stand-out track Silver Machine, Kilminster went on to form Motorhead in 1975. Having released their eponymous debut album in 1977, Overkill and then Bomber both in 1979, Motorhead were already being hailed as one of the best of the "New wave of British Heavy Metal" bands.
Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of rock legend Lemmy, who passed away on Monday aged 70.
Tributes are being paid to Motörhead frontman Lemmy, who died yesterday after a short battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. The rock legend’s passing was announced in a post on the band’s official Facebook page and within minutes fans and friends began to express their shock and sadness.
Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died aged 70.
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne led the tributes on twitter writing: ‘Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.’
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