What was Lemmy really like on the road?
Touring 'til the end, Lemmy lived to get up on that stage and play his songs fast, furiously, and always louder than everyone else
On December 11, 2015, Lemmy Kilmister took his final bow on the stage of the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. It was the last show of Motörhead's European tour, and it had ended in typically deafening style, with the classic song Overkill.
With the sound of feedback and the cheers of a 7,000-strong audience still ringing in his ears, a frail and exhausted Lemmy raised a fist in salute before slowly walking away into the darkness.
Seventeen days later, he was dead. Lemmy didn’t die on the road, as he often joked he would. He finished the tour. And that final Motörhead gig – Lemmy’s last stand – was heroic. As Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee says: “All through that show in Berlin I was looking at Lem, and I couldn’t believe that he actually got through it. He was pretty weak at the end. It took all his energy to get up on that stage and play. And yet he was still able to deliver an incredible performance. When I think about that now, it’s unbelievable.”