2016, Dude! 2016, why are coming out of the gate with a killing spree? Is The Angel of Death a concert promoter? Is he trying to put together a kickass concert in the clouds? There are plenty of guys and gals already up there. It’s already been discussed by The Commodores with Night Shift.
Let’s start with 2016 reaching into the end of 2015 to take Lemmy Kilmister. I came across Lemmy in a round a bout kinda way. I was raised on my parent’s music, Classic Rock and hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. So I was late to the game when it came to the popular music of the time. I mean come on, my first album was Jan and Dean’s Greatest Hits. Eventually the music of the day found me, and it found me in the way of Unforgiven by Metallica. Metallica was nothing I knew before, and life changing. In 1995 Metallica released a single called Hero of the Day and the B-Side to that single was Overkill. Metallica had recorded a version of Overkill for Lemmy for his birthday. It was raw and fast and awesome. And I was shocked it was a cover tune.
So I searched out Motorhead, and I found Motorhead. I found the bass playing lead singer they called Lemmy. He was a gross, raspy voiced Englishmen. I hadn’t seen a person with that much confidence on all my 15 years. Motorhead were like the missing link to me, they were the bridge between Punk and Heavy Metal.
“Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?” Wrong, ****head, trick question. Lemmy *IS* God.” Airheads 1994
Do you feel that? That feeling? Yea, that’s David Bowie rubbing some funk on you. I can’t escape the opening bars to Fame, nor would I ever want to. Fame is perfection on tape. Many people theorize, myself included, that David Bowie didn’t die, he was simply beamed back to Mars. Ziggy’s fingerprints are everywhere from Lady Gaga to Nine Inch Nails. My friend Jeff put it this way, “If you die and the whole world pauses to celebrate your life...that is a life well lived.” David Bowie released a new record “Blackstar” 3 days prior to his death. This record is his first #1 in America. On a more personal note, I need to thank David Bowie. Bowie heard Stevie Ray Vaughan play at the Montreux Casino and introduced himself to Stevie. Later that year Bowie asked Stevie to play guitar on his record China Girl, and most notably on Let’s Dance. Steve Ray Vaughan got a big break because of David Bowie, and that means the world to a SRV fanatic.
“Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?” Glenn Fry Co-Wrote one of the greatest songs in history. He also co-wrote a bunch more of the greatest songs in history; Take it Easy, Already Gone, Peaceful Easy Feeling and Lyin’ Eyes. There are a handful of records that every American owns. Everyone owns Thriller by Michael Jackson, The Steve Miller band Greatest Hits 1974–78, and The Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). Don’t think you have any of these? Go look, they are in there I promise. The Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), was the bestselling album of the 20th century just behind Thriller. Glenn was a co-founder of the Eagles, and they had their fair share of implosions over the years, but they always released incredible music.
Here is what I hope is happening above the clouds. Lemmy has his Bass, Glenn has his guitar and Bowie is dressed like Ziggy. Alan Rickman introduces them and draws the curtain and they start playing the greatest version of Fame, anyone has ever heard.