During a recent appearance on the ‘SpeedFreaks’ radio show, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford opened up about his dear friend, late Motörhead lead singer Lemmy Kilmister. Apparently, Halford received one of the bullets consisting of Kilmister’s ashes sometime after his passing.
For those of you who may not know, Motörhead legend Lemmy Kilmister passed away four days after his 70th birthday on December 28, 2015, from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure.
The rocker’s death was announced via a post on the band’s official Facebook account later that day. In the announcement, Motörhead’s members also revealed that Kilmister’s cancer had only been diagnosed two days before his death, and his doctor had given him between two and six months.
Lemmy’s memorial service took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, on January 9, 2016, and the service was streamed live on YouTube, and over 230,000 people mourned his passing. His close friend Rob Halford was at the memorial alongside with many other fellow rock stars.
Back in March, it was revealed that the late Motörhead frontman’s ashes were put into bullets and sent to his closest friends after his own request. Rob Halford recently revealed that he also received one of those bullets from the people that work for the late rocker.
During the interview, Halford stated that he wears the bullet necklace as a symbol of having Lemmy Kilmister close to his heart. To him, it’s mind-blowing to think how his late friend thought of something so special for his friends before his passing.
About the gift, Halford said:
“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 works tirelessly to keep his name with us, as he always will be. They sent me, it’s a bullet, it’s a bullet with some of Lemmy’s ashes inside of it.”
“This is nuts. 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 few 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.”
You can watch the entire interview below.