Ashes Of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Scattered In Mud At Wacken Festival


The late Motorhead singer Lemmy Kilmister has had more of his ashes scattered along the mud of the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.

Lemmy passed away in December 2015, two days after revealing that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 70 years old.

Motorhead played at the German festival many times over their decades-long career, and some of their frontman’s ashes were spread as part of the ‘Lemmy Forever’ festivities, which opened last weekend’s event.

“an enormous honour to us”

Speaking about remembering Lemmy, Wacken Festival co-organiser Thomas Jensen has said that there will always be a part of the festival dedicated to the late musician.

“Lemmy coming back to Wacken is an enormous honour for us — words can hardly express how enormous”, Jensen said.  “We will create a place of remembrance for him that does justice to his significance for an entire genre and beyond”. 

He continued, “There has always been a special connection between Motörhead and Wacken Open Air; hardly any band has played here more often. The fact that his journey also ends here will forever hold a special meaning”. 

Motorhead’s Todd Singerman echoed these sentiments.

“Wacken was one of Lemmy’s dearest homes and we’re delighted he has a place here forever”, he said.

He also added, “He was a man of the people, and as such, he ‘lived’ in many places worldwide. It’s our aim to allow him to rest permanently in all his ‘homes’ globally and allow his fans worldwide to have a place close to them where they can both pay respects and celebrate his enormous continuing legacy and influence”. 

Some of Lemmy’s ashes had also been used to create tattoos for the band’s tour manager and production assistant.

Some ashes were also placed in bullet casings, and shared among his closest friends. Find out more here.