Back in March, it was revealed that the late, great Lemmy Kilmister of speed metal forefathers Motörhead had distributed his earthly remains among his friends in the form of bullets filled with his ashes. Now, it’s been revealed that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was one of the recipients of Lemmy’s Wonka-esque dying move.
In a new interview with the radio show ‘Speedfreaks,’ Halford confirmed that he had a bullet full of Lemmy’s raw material, saying [transcription by Blabbermouth], “When Lemmy passed away, I had this beautiful opportunity to speak at his memorial. 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,” continued Halford. “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.”
Others confirmed to have received a bullet full of Lemmy’s ashes are German metal star Doro Pesch, Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane, and former host of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball Riki Rachtman.
Check out the full interview below:
Words by Chris Krovatin