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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LEMMY

quarta-feira, 3 agosto, 2022 por Txuca

Printado duma página lemmynista facebúquica, “Ode to Lemmy”.
Textão, mas q vale a pena.
Em inglês mesmo. Acho q se consegue captar o todo.

An incredible tribute to Lemmy from Steve Vai… ♠️

Lemmy was unique in the superlative sense of the word. Everyone loved him. He was the heart of Rock and Roll the way we like it.

I ran into him at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and said to him, “So when are you going to ask me to play a solo on a Motorhead record”?

He said, “I’ll be at your house Wednesday at noon”.

It only took a few hours to do the solos but the 2 of us just sat and talked for about 10 hours after that.

He consumed a hefty amount of alcohol and speed but never once stuttered, lilted or missed an opportunity for an inspired bit of wit.

He was sharp, alert and extraordinarily present at ALL times. I couldn’t quite understand it.

The record I recorded on was “Inferno” and some days later Lemmy sent me an engraved lighter. How cool, ay?

The stories he told were fascinating and I got to know the remarkable person he was. I discovered why so many of us adore and revere him.

Lemmy marched to the beat of his own drums. His confidence in himself and his music was fierce and he was perhaps the most honest person I knew in this business. Because he was so in touch with himself, he allowed others to be themselves without judging them. He didn’t placate or sugar-coat things but delivered to you the reflection of your own intentions, meaning if you’re an asshole, you better be prepared to be verbally spanked with an inspired array of adjectives delivered with a firm, yet high quality calm. But if your morals were worth the salt, he was incredibly warm, considerate, generous and supportive.

He gave you his quality attention when you were talking with him and that’s the best gift you can give to anyone. We loved him because he inspired in us our own desire to be as independent and dedicated to our work as he was. And he did it with an incredibly solid, rounded, and grounded sense of confidence, warmth and witt.

Not to mention he played his ass off in the tradition of hard, fast, no excuses rock and roll with a look, voice and bass sound unlike anything. He was a totally invested performer who’s authenticity was epic. Even the way his microphone hung from above him will be historically recognizable. He was “the One… ALONE”.

I wrote a song with him and Ozzy called “My Little Man” that appears on Ozzy’s “Ozzmosis” record. Lemmy wrote the lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics of that song you can glean an insight into the deep softness that was comfortably resting under the external persona. The song is deeply touching and when I met his son Paul, I realized how sincere those lyrics are.

I remember when my wife Pia met him and had an opportunity to “kiss the mole” on his cheek.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to perform for him at the Whisky for his 70th birthday party that took place Dec 2015 just a few weeks before he passed. I shared riffs with Bob Kulick and Lemmy‘s son Paul, who is really quite a good guitar player. After the show I went to see Lemmy where he sat in the balcony all night. He was shockingly thin and frail but still had that steady awareness of all that was going on in the world around him. I held his shaking hand, told him how nice it was to jam with his son, and then I kissed his hand and said “God bless you my brother, and thank you”.

There are times when you know you will be saying goodbye to someone for the last time in this life, and though there was a sadness, with Lemmy it was a heartfelt salute and a momentary exchange of deep respect and joy in the knowing of each other.

He was the coolest and wherever his attention is right now, he still is.

Lemmy, you were extraordinary and we are grateful.

Steve Vai

(Inscription reads: “From Lemmy to Steve Vai in Gratitude for his fine work on ‘Inferno’ 2004”)

8 respostas

  1. FC

    O último encontro do Halford com o Lemmy teve essa pegada também, vale a pena ler na biografia.

  2. märZ

    Eu já li 4 livros sobre Lemmy/Motörhead, mas sua persona é tão fascinante que muitos livros ainda podem ser escritos no futuro, e não parecerão repetitivos ou chatos.

    Tenho amigos que curtem metal mas não gostam de Motörhead, nem reconhecem Lemmy como a figura icônica que foi/ainda é. Sinto muito por eles.

  3. Marco Txuca

    Toquei numa banda em q vocalista uma vez disse q não gostava do Lemmy pq provavelmente ele “tinha cheiro de buceta” ahahah

    Obviamente isso não era uma virtude pra ela. E tvz o fosse pra mim com 15 anos.

    Cito o aspecto pra referendar o marZ: conheci uns babacas q só enalteciam ele por isso. E é muito pouco.

    (os mesmos – nunca as mesmas – q o fazem provavelmente são fãs de Kiss e Manowar pelo mesmíssimo papinho furado virjão. E devem adorar “o Velhas” (Velhas Virgens).

    Peguemos só uma aresta do musical: Lemmy consolidou o vocal gutural (reconhecendo q foi John Entwistle q o criou). Não existiria death, black ou brutal death metal sem Lemmy.

  4. Thiago

    Quem ouve Heavy Metal e não reconhece a importância superlativa de Lemmy para o estilo está, simplesmente, ouvindo errado.

  5. André

    Ele não teria sido um pouco responsável por essa visão limitada que as pessoas tem dele? Me parece, ás vezes, que a sua figura ficou maior que a música. Daí, um monte de gente relativizar a importância do cara.

  6. märZ

    Pode ser que sim, André. Mas isso vale pra qualquer figura icônica, seja Bowie, Cobain, Keith Richards ou Caetano.

  7. Marco Txuca

    Em algum momento dos 90’s, acho q entre o “March Ör Die” (falaremos dele daqui uns dias) e o “Airheads” (q banda: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi e Adam Sandler!), Lemmy virou lenda. Um “deus”.

    Até o “1916” era o tiozão bêbado com uma verruga e q berrava “Ace Of Spades”. Houve uma virada aí, acho q via críticos. Meio no q o märZ colocou: ficou velho, virou lenda, ícone, sobrevivente, pioneiro etc.

    E acho q ele mesmo nem endossava ou ligava pra isso. A prova é aquele documentário horrível, “Lemmy”, q ñ fez jus à figura dele.

    Quanto ao resto, as pessoas ñ reparam nas LETRAS dele. A hora em q começarem a ler, muda a vida pra muita gente ahahah

  8. Marco Txuca

    Mais uma visão: Lemmy por Gary Holt:

    https://whiplash.net/materias/news_716/343925-motorhead.html

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