The late Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy Osbourne were close friends. While talking with Metal Hammer, Ozzy spoke about his dear friend and a couple conversations the two had. One conversation involves the late Motörhead frontman talking about his favorite Ozzy Osbourne album. Regarding this conversation, Ozzy shared the following:
“I think about Lemmy all the fucking time. He was a great guy – he’d go, ‘That record you just made was fucking shit’, or ‘I really like that one’. His favourite [line] was, ‘Your best record was No More Tears’ – yeah, because you wrote on it, you cunt!”
Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy Osbourne had collaborated in the past together, with Lemmy coming in as a songwriter to help out with Ozzy’s 1991 solo album No More Tears. Lemmy provided the lyrics for the following songs: “Hellraiser,” “Desire,” “I Don’t Want To Change the World,” and “Mama I’m Coming Home.”
Ozzy then goes on to bring up a more solemn moment between the two. Lemmy struggled with cancer, and towards the end of his life, he opened up to his close friend and reflected on how he lived. Ozzy speaks to this conversation, and the intimate feelings that Lemmy shared with him.
“I went down to South America and he was there on tour, but he was so fucked he couldn’t speak to anyone. He was sitting at the front, skinny as a rake. He was riddled with cancer at the end, but mind you, he turned round to me and said ‘I’m probably going to die, I suppose. Never thought I’d make 70, so I did good’.
“His exact words were, ‘I could have lived a lot longer and taken care of myself, but I lived my life the way I want to live and I ain’t got no regrets’. Fair enough!”
We are glad to hear that Lemmy lived a fulfilling life. We love and miss you Lemmy <3
Back in April, via a different interview, Ozzy shared that he spoke to Lemmy the morning that he died. To learn about what took place during that conversation, follow the link below.