As Rolling Stone reports, during a visit to SiriusXM‘s New York studios Metallica went so far as to say that without Lemmy, Metallica wouldn’t even exist. The band explained that he had a huge influence on them, and revealed the song Murder One, taken from their new album, uses many of Lemmy’s song titles in its lyrics.
“Motörhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now,” frontman James Hetfield said. “But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”
“In the summer of 1981, I followed Motörhead around on tour,” drummer Lars Ulrich said. “That was what made me want to be in a band. When I came back to Southern California and called up James and said, ‘Listen, we’ve got to give this a shot,’ … Motörhead is the catalyst.”
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