Ozzy Osbourne Says ‘My Rock God Is Lemmy Kilmister’ And Explains Why He Was Amazing

In an interview with BBC Radio, legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath lead vocalist Ozzy Osburne was asked to say his rock god. He answered that his rock god was Motörhead late founder Lemmy Kilmister and talked about his extraordinary talent and amazing personality.

Lemmy Kilmister collaborated with many musicians throughout his musical career mostly as a songwriter. He wrote the song ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S’ for the Ramones and produced Warfare’s ‘Metal Anarchy’ album. Then, his path crossed with Ozzy Osbourne as his songwriter.

In Osbourne’s sixth solo studio album ‘No More Tears,’ Kilmister wrote the lyrics of ‘Hellraiser,’ ‘Desire,’ ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World,’ and the single ‘Mama I’m Coming Home.’ In those days, Osbourne admired Kilmister’s mastery of writing lyrics and reading fast and they became close friends more and more.

Kilmister died because of prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure on 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday. Osbourne said that he was probably the last person who talked to him before his death. So, he was able to find a chance to say goodbye to his dear friend.

During the interview, he recalled one of their greatest memories with Kilmister when he was asked to say his rock god. When he couldn’t finish writing his songs, Kilmister wrote three lyrics and also reading a book which he gave him in such a short time like four hours. He expressed how surprised and impressed he was. He also added that Kilmister was a very intellectual person and bookworm in spite of his image as a yob.

Here’s what he told:

“My rock god is Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy was a guy – he shot from the hip every time. ‘That sucks,’ or, ‘I like that.’

I’m good at starting lyrics, but I can’t finish them. And he’d go – he’d write a bunch of lyrics for my songs – ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home.’

So, I’d give him a tape, and I had this book on World War II. I haven’t read it and I told him, ‘Tell me what you think. And I have a bunch of these lyrics – whenever you can…’ I’m thinking, it’s gonna be a week.”

He continued:

“And he says, ‘Come back in about four hours.’ So I got back, and he goes, ‘What do you think about these?’ And I go, ‘Oh, great.’ He then goes, ‘What about these?’ I go, ‘Oh, you got two…?’

He goes, ‘No, I got another one – three.’ I go, ‘You had written three sets of lyrics?!’ He said, ‘Yeah, and that book was crap!’ I said, ‘What book?’ He says, ‘The book you gave me.’

He was a speed-reader! He could read really fast. He was amazing! You look at people like Lemmy and you think, ‘Oh, he’s a yob which is a rude, noisy, and aggressive young person.’ But he was very well-educated.”

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