Vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens, known for his work with Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen, recently discussed Lemmy Kilmister's health issues and the general topic of aging metal masters.
When asked by J. Thorn blog about the future of metal, Ripper shared an optimistic stance, but also noted that the day Motorhead frontman leaves us will indeed be a sad one.
"Metal is in good hands," the singer said. "It's a shame now, but guys like Lemmy have laid the groundwork. People will always dislike change but it's still metal. There weren't a lot of bands like Priest before Priest and when they started people probably didn't like them, didn't like that style of music."
Owens continued, "Bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath - they've laid the groundwork for newer bands. Bands like Disturbed - which I like because I think they have a lot of old-school influences and they're at the top of the charts when they release a record, and it's nice to see that."
The singer then specifically focused on Lemmy. "I'm not sure if Lemmy will ever die," he said. "He's been in 'declining health' for about 20 years, right? Lemmy is a machine ... But that'll be a sad day. Seems like Iommi came back from his cancer scare. I think we'll be alright. These guys have laid the groundwork and every band you see is influenced in some way by Lemmy or these other guys so we'll be okay."
In conclusion, Ripper noted that rock icons like Lemmy are simply irreplaceable, drawing a parallel between himself and Rob Halford.
"Bands like Motorhead can't continue without Lemmy," he concluded. "Some bands can't continue. With Priest, I was able to come in but it still really didn't go on without Rob Halford."
We all know Lemmy's God, but do you think anyone could even remotely replace the infamous Motorhead frontman? Or any other ultimate rock icon for that matter.