Friday, January 22, 2016

Judas Priest's Rob Halford about Lemmy Kilmister: "He always lived to win, right to the very end"


Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford paid tribute to Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister saying: "It doesn't matter how many words you try to find to talk about Lem, it's impossible, man, because, God, there was only one Lemmy, you know? And when I just think about all of the amazing times we spent together. Priest and Motorhead have known each other pretty much since Day One, back in the U.K., during those very early tours especially. It's a blessing that so many of us have all got a story and have all had an experience in Lemmy's company, either by himself at the Rainbow or after a show with the fans. Lemmy loved his fans. And laughter is a great part of this story."


He continued: "I sat by… I'm going back to Hellfest just this past summer… I sat on the side of Phil Campbell, having my head blasted by his 4-by-12 cabinet. For some unknown reason, Phil has a 4-by-12 cab behind his gear, facing off to the side of the stage; I have no idea why. But I sat there and watched the show, the Hellfest in France, and [Lemmy] walks out on stage and before he plays a note, the crowd goes absolutely ballistic. There is the legend that is Lemmy Kilmister. And then, 'Hello, we are Motorhead and we play rock and roll,' and off they go. And, like I say, the whole experience with this great man in his music and outside of his music, words can't be enough."

Halford added: "I know Lemmy's up there now going, 'I don't want any more tears. I just want more tears.' He was very much a man into reality and into facing things as they were and making the best of a difficult situation and getting through life. Born to lose, live to win — and he always lived to win, right to the very end."

"All the way up until these last dates that Priest and Motorhead did together… I stood on the side watching him in Curitiba, in South America, and it was a challenging gig for him, you could tell. But he stood there and he sang his heart out and he played his heart out and he didn't give his fans any indication that it was challenging. And he came off, and you could see it was difficult, but he carried on. That was just amazing to see at that moment that he was still giving it a hundred percent."

Halford continued: "And isn't it wonderful? He was playing his favorite video game that they'd put in his place from the 'Bow, from the Rainbow, and he just popped off. Which is… I mean, without being morbid… He said he was either gonna go while he was on stage or while he was playing his video machine, and he got that right. So in that respect, it was a nice exit, if you wanna call it that."