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James Hetfield criticizes the Rock Hall for not inducting Motörhead

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James Hetfield criticizes the Rock Hall for not inducting Motörhead

Many artists who were never involved in Rock and Roll music were already inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the past decades but sadly, a band like Motörhead, which had as the bassist, singer and main songwriter, the late Lemmy Kilmister still is not part of the Hall. In an interview for the Metallica Report podcast, the band’s vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield criticized the Rock Hall for leaving Lemmy out.


Metallica was, for example, inducted back in 2009 and they are one of the few Heavy Metal acts who were included until now, alongside names like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Ozzy.

James Hetfield criticizes the Rock Hall for not inducting Motörhead

“Maybe lieu of him being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which still continues to piss me off. The most rock and roll lifestyle-living person on this planet is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (That) is a travesty, a shame. It’s kind of a disrespect to rock and roll, basically. So this (tattoo) is me paying homage to him,” James Hetfield.

As the Metallica frontman said, he recently made a tattoo using part of Lemmy’s ashes. In a post on the band’s social media, he said: “With the steady hand of friend and tattoo artist @coreymillertattoo, this tattoo. A salute to my friend and inspiration Mr. Lemmy Kilmister. Without him, there would be NO Metallica.”

“Black ink mixed with a pinch of his cremation ashes that were so graciously given to me. So now, he is still able to fly the bird at the world,” James Hetfield said.

Motörhead was active from 1975 to 2015, until Lemmy’s death at the age of 70. During four decades, they released 23 studio albums. It was more than enough for them to become one of the most influential bands in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

James Hetfield Lemmy Kilmister tattoo

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