“Murder One” inspired by Motörhead’s former frontman
By David Sands
September 27, 2016
A tribute song to Motörhead’s late frontman and bassist Lemmy Kilmister called “Murder One” will appear on Metallica’s next album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
The band shared this news during a SiriusXM Town Hall Event in NYC Monday (Sept. 26), noting that the tune’s lyrics would include references to a bunch of Lemmy’s song titles.
Kilmister passed away last December, shortly after his 70th birthday.
According to Rolling Stone, Metallica singer James Hetfield told the audience Kilmister’s music was a huge inspiration to the band.
“Motörhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now,” he said. “But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”
Drummer Lars Ulrich added that he’d followed Motörhead around on tour in the summer of 1981 and that the experience was the “catalyst” for him and Hetfield starting up Metallica.
Hardwired…To Self Destruct, Metallica’s first studio album since 2008’s Death Magnetic will be released Nov. 4 . (WATCH THEIR NEW VIDEO, “HARDWIRED” BELOW.)