Judas Priest singer Rob Halford made emotional comments about his view for the late Motörhead legend Lemmy and sent respectful words for him, paying tribute by touching on the musician’s effect on rock music.
The lead singer, bassist, and founder of the rock band Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, was one of the greatest musicians in the rock and roll community. He was influenced by The Beatles during his early days. Contributing to numerous artists’ different efforts, Lemmy has been continuing to influence musicians.
On the other hand, Rob Halford, also nicknamed Metal God by fans, reached world success as a member of Judas Priest. Joining the band in 1973, Rob Halford had parted ways with Priest in 1992. At the time, his latest album with the band was the 1990’s Painkiller. In 2003, he rejoined the band and continued to release epic things with the band.
Halford and Lemmy had huge respect for each other. After Lemmy passed away in 2015, Rob Halford was one of those who were devastated deeply. In 2008, their bands Motörhead and Judas Priest had shared the stage while Priest was promoting Nostradamus and Motörhead was promoting Motörizer.
However, during an interview with Revolver, Halford has once again paid his tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, sharing his admiration for him. Touching on the musician’s personality, Halford mentioned the late musician’s outfit and revealed what comes to his mind when someone says Lemmy.
“On a friendship level, I was always a little bit in awe of Lemmy because he was – and still is – this larger-than-life persona,” Halford said.
“When you talk to anybody about Lemmy, you see this mental picture in your head – the guy in the cowboy boots and the jeans and the bullet belt and the leather jacket and the mustache.
“His physical characteristics are really, really pronounced, so you’ve got all that wrapped up in his persona, as well.”
Rob Halford Discloses What He Loved About Lemmy
Rob Halford then disclosed what he loved about the late Lemmy Kilmister. Saying that Lemmy was a very smart man, Rob Halford admitted that Lemmy never held back, and that was the thing he loved about him.
“There should be a book of Lemmy quotes, because he never held back,” he continues. “That’s what I loved about him. He epitomized this great virtue in rock ‘n’ roll, which is not only music but speaking your mind.
“He always had an opinion on any matter in life, and it was always Lemmy-esque. [Laughs]
“He had a very unique way of looking at the world because he was a very smart man. He was a total bookworm and he loved his war history and memorabilia. His very astute way of talking and thinking made him remarkable.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Halford has also remembered the first time he met with Lemmy. Saying that it happened when Priest did shows with Motörhead during the seventies, Halford mentioned backstage and said they drank together.
This was not the first time Rob Halford talked about Lemmy. Back in this past November, Rob Halford made a speech after he received Lemmy‘s ashes in a bullet. He also talked about how he felt when Lemmy passed away.
“When Lemmy passed away, I had this beautiful opportunity to speak at his memorial,” Rob recalled. “We had a great get-together; all of us musicians from all over the world, we met in Hollywood and we talked about Lemmy and his great life and the things that he’s left us.
“And then, not too far back, I get something in the mail from the Lemmy people; Lemmy’s office, his manager and everybody still work tirelessly to keep his name with us, as he always will be. They sent me — it’s a bullet [laughs], it’s a bullet with some of Lemmy’s ashes inside of it.
“This is nuts. This is the kind of thing that Lemmy would have loved to have done. However you choose to interpret what I’ve just said, that’s entirely up to you.
“But to be thought of, to be brought into this small circle of friends where you actually own a little bit of Lemmy’s ashes and you wear it around your neck on a pendant and he’s close to your heart in the truest sense in terms of his mortal remains, that’s just mind-blowingly powerful.
“To use an object like that to carry his remains is just so Lemmy — it’s provocative, it makes you think, it makes you talk.
“But as far as having a beautiful part of Lemmy physically with me right now in my house, that’s just magical.”