Ozzy Remembers Lemmy’s Last Days: “He Was a Good Man…It’s Hard to Lose Anyone You Love”
When we think of Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, we think of a gruff, Jack-drinking, bass-taming kind of badass. But more and more since his death in 2015, the people who knew Lemmy have come forward with stories that paint Lemmy in a different light — an avid reader, a loyal friend, and a man who you were lucky to know if you got the chance. Now, one such acquaintance of Lemmy’s has discussed talking to Kilmister on the last day of his life — Mr. Ozzy Osbourne.
Speaking to Classic Rock, Ozzy said the following about his old friend:
“He was a good man, Lemmy was. All the guys from Motörhead have gone now, from the original band. It’s hard to lose anyone you love. I was talking to Lemmy on the morning that he died, but I couldn’t understand what he was talking about. I wanted to talk to someone else who was there, but they kept giving the phone to Lemmy.”
Really sweet, even if it breaks your fucking heart.
This, of course, comes only days after Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde remembered how hilarious Ozzy and Lemmy were when they got together — and how Lemmy was a very human dude towards the end of his life.
“I didn’t know anybody who didn’t like Lemmy because he was great with everybody he met. And when he and Ozzy got together? Forget about it, they were both hilarious. When Motörhead opened for Oz, every night was Friday night, man. We went out drinking a ton. I remember right before Lemmy passed we had a big birthday celebration at The Whisky [A Go Go] where we played for him. I hugged him and it was like hugging your grandmother – he was just skin and bones at that point.”
You know, when we first published the Zakk quote, a lot of folks got mad that he would somehow ‘out’ Lemmy like that. But I think these stories are really important. When we forget that our musical icons are just people, we lose a part of their story, or buy into a part that story that’s bullshit. We should remember Lemmy as stronger than all, but never forget that he breathed, bled, and died like any other man.
All that said, watch this rad-ass video below where Ozzy and Lemmy are zombie-slaying badasses in a cartoon.