Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford opened up about his relationship with late Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister by revealing what he thinks about him during his latest interview with Revolver Magazine.
Rob Halford and Lemmy Kilmister had been close friends since the ’70s when Judas Priest and Motörhead started to perform various concerts together. Kilmister and Halford had crazy moments which the Judas Priest singer will never forget. Previously, he had talked about one of them saying that he used to sit on Kilmister’s lap after their shows.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that Halford was devastated when he learned that Kilmister passed away because of cancer and heart failure on December 28, 2015, shortly after his 70th birthday. He also received Kilmister’s ashes in a bullet which can be considered the late guitarist’s last and most meaningful gift to Halford.
After he was asked to share some details about their relationship, Halford stated that they were friends, and as a musician, he was always in awe of and admired Kilmister. However, according to him, people shouldn’t forget to praise Kilmister’s style and personality along with his musical talent.
Halford stated in his interview the following:
“On a friendship level, I was always a little bit in awe of Lemmy because he was — and still is — this larger-than-life persona. When you talk to anybody about Lemmy, you see this mental picture in your head — the guy in the cowboy boots and the jeans and the bullet belt and the leather jacket and the mustache. His physical characteristics are really, really pronounced, so you’ve got all that wrapped up in his persona, as well.”
It seems apparent from Halford’s words that the singer will never forget the late Motörhead legend Lemmy Kilmister and will continue to pay tribute to his talents and unique style any chance he gets.