Legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister died Monday (Dec. 28) at the age of 70. The band’s sound didn’t change much over the years, but did they ever have staying power. Despite their rock star lifestyles (Kilmister would drink a bottle of Jack Daniel’s per day well into his 60s), Motörhead stayed together continuously from 1975 until Lemmy’s demise, albeit with some lineup changes. His health was deteriorating, but he soldiered on through the band’s final tour, which wrapped earlier this month.
Below, we’ve compiled 10 videos that capture the essence of Lemmy Kilmister, a road warrior and metal pioneer. We even found the encore performance from what will go down as the band’s final concert. Walk offstage with Lemmy one final time…
The “Ace of Spades” Video
“Motörhead” Live in ’77
In the year that punk broke, here are the punk-metal forefathers performing their self-titled song, with Lemmy wearing a Motörhead t-shirt. It’s the best quality video we could dig up from the band’s first few years.
Motörhead’s Live Fast Die Old Doc
In 2005, the British public television station Channel 4 released Live Fast Die Old, a documentary dedicated to Lemmy’s life. Fortunately, the entire thing is on YouTube, broken up into several parts. To watch Lemmy drink his daily bottle of Jack Daniel’s and talk about his Nazi memorabilia collection, check out part one.
Like just about any other band associated with the origin of punk, Motörhead covered “Louie Louie.” Here they are playing it live on the BBC in 1978.
Top of the Pops
A year later, Motörhead made it to the prestigious BBC show Top of the Pops. Here they are performing “Overkill” with their classic lineup.
1992 Leno Appearance
Back in 1992, Lemmy stopped by The Tonight Show to perform “Hellraiser” and “Going to Brazil,” along with an interview with host Jay Leno. Prior to the performances, Leno announced he’d placed earplugs beneath all audience seats, in case “you don’t like loud rock n’ roll.”
Motörhead Plays at Wrestlemania 17
Lemmy had a great relationship with the wrestling world, and the WWE got a timely tribute video together last night just hours after his death. Turn back the clock and watch his band perform live at Wrestlemania 17, proclaiming the entrance of Triple H.
Lemmy Rocks With Dave Grohl and Slash
And 30 years after its release, “Ace of Spades” was performed in a special way at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Kilmister performed it with Slash on guitar and Dave Grohl behind the kit.
One of Lemmy’s Last Interviews… And a Good One
Uploaded on Nov. 21, this is one of Lemmy’s last interviews. He talks about canceling a show in Paris just after the Bataclan attack and his drinking and drug use over the years.
One Final Encore
Since drummer Mikkey Dee has confirmed that Motörhead is no more, the band’s Dec. 11 gig at Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle will go down as its last. Fortunately, we have a video of the entire encore, along with the final time Lemmy said goodbye to the crowd.