North Wales pays tribute to rock frontman Lemmy

Published date: 29 December 2015 |
Published by: Rebecca Cole 
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Lemmy at Sonisphere in 2011. Picture by Don Jackson-Wyatt 

THE music world is mourning the loss of one of its brightest - and loudest - stars.
 
The iconic Motörhead frontman Lemmy, real name Ian Kilmister, died on Monday just days after being diagnosed with an “extremely aggressive cancer”.
 
Having been born in Stoke on Trent, the rocker moved to Benllech in Anglesey aged 10 and attended Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones school in Amlwch where he was nicknamed Lemmy, which is believed to have originated from his habit of asking people to “lemmy (lend me)” money for his addiction to slot machines.
 
He is also worked at the former Hotpoint factory in Bodelwyddan.
Musicians from across Denbighshire have united in paying tribute to the man who changed the face of rock music and inspired countless other bands from around the world.
 
Free Press photographer Don Jackson-Wyatt, himself a heavy metal musician and award-winning rock photographer, captured Lemmy on stage on two occasions.
 
“It was inspiring to have photographed one of my idols and his band,” he said.
 
“His death is such a great loss to the rock and metal community.
 
“He was the godfather of rock, he was louder than everyone else.”
 
Ruthin musician Isaac Birchall, frontman for Isaac and the Beekeepers, said the band was planning to record an acoustic Motörhead cover in tribute and described Lemmy as “a pioneer at the very heart of rock and metal”.
 
He said: “There's hardly a musician out there who hasn't been influenced in some way by Lemmy and Motörhead, me included.
 
“RIP.”
 
And Adam Phillips, of Corwen, drummer with The Cambrian Band, posted on Facebook: “God bless ya Lemmy.
 
“Motörhead’s Orgasmatron was the first album I ever had on tape when I got a radio cassette player for Christmas in the 80s.
 
“That album was an assault on the senses and I loved it.
 
“Rest in peace and let your music rock on.”

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