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RIP: Phil Taylor

It is a sad day in the world of heavy metal as it was announced that Motorhead drummer, Phil Taylor, known to his fans as the “Philthy Animal” passed away today at the age of 61. 

Taylor was an original member of the group and played on all their signature hits, including Ace of Spades, and ten of their albums.  He was with the band from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992, last leaving the band (fired, actually) during recording sessions for the March or Die album.

While he was not with the band for over twenty years, he is a beloved figure among fans of the band and he end another former member, guitarist, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, joined them on stage (but did not play) in a reunion of sorts in Birmingham, England, right before the “new” lineup broke out “Ace of Spades”.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Phil Taylor at this time.

RIP: Lemmy

In the world of heavy metal, this is a loss of epic proportions.  Today, at the age of 70, bass guitarist and front man of Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister died after a brief but aggressive bout of cancer.

Born in 1945 in Stoke-on-Trent, England, would first break into the musical spotlight with Hawkwind, the space rock outfit where he would spend three years, but after leaving the band he would form Motorhead in 1975, and the group would be considered pioneers of speed metal, specifically the fast pace of Lemmy, whose gravelly voice was the perfect pairing for the powerful sound. 

Motorhead would become one of the most successful metal bands of all time and easily one of the most historically significant of the genre.  The band put out 22 studio albums, most notably, the 1980 album, Ace of Spades, which featured the song of the same name.  The band was set to embark on a world tour to promote their latest album.

This death sadly comes only a few weeks after former drummer, Phil Taylor died at the age of 61.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Lemmy at this time, and for us, we are going to do what Lemmy would want.  Play his music loud and drink excessively. 

James Hetfield wants Motorhead in the RRHOF

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have never been one to embrace the heavy metal genre as there are many great acts (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest) that have not been inducted.  James Hetfield of Metallica, a band that is the Rock Hall, has gone on record that he wants to see Motörhead inducted.

In an interview with Gary Moore at KLOS in Los Angeles, Hetfield had this to say about Motörhead:

With the passing of Lemmy, it's really, really important for me to see Motörhead acknowledged in that.  Cause there's no more rock and roll person on this planet than Lemmy and Motörhead."

I loved being murdered every night by that thing, man. He was just such an icon, such an inspiration to us as a band. There's certainly no way we'd be around if there was no Motörhead.”

Motorhead were not named Finalists this year and neither were any metal bands.  They have been eligible for the Hall since 2002.


27. Motörhead

Some bands just have an iconic status without really trying to. From the unique way that lead singer Lemmy sings upright into the microphone, the umlaut over the second letter ö and their biker look, Motörhead may be more recognizable visually than audibly by those whom are unfamiliar with the British rockers. Of course, fans of Motörhead could never confuse them with anyone else.

15. Motorhead

Yes, Motorhead is the favorite band of Triple H, but it is appropriate for the WWE HOF isn’t it?

Lemmy and company performed at multiple Wrestlemanias and created some iconic WWE music.  The death of Lemmy might help propel the British Heavy Metal band into the Hall, but based on the Celebrity Wing, does it not fit?
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