JAMES HETFIELD Says It’s ‘A Travesty’ That MOTÖRHEAD Hasn’t Been Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Lemmy and Metallica

In a recent episode of “The Metallica Report” podcast, which provides weekly insider updates on everything METALLICA, band’s frontman James Hetfield discussed some of his new tattoos. One of these tattoos honors the late MOTÖRHEAD leader Lemmy Kilmister and even contains some of his ashes.

James said: “I guess downtime, you get a little creative in more than one way besides writing songs. It’s like drawing or, I got my Photoshop back up and working and fiddling around with shirt ideas and stuff like that. And, yeah, tattoos is just something I’ve always loved. I’m a logo dude, as we all know. So, yeah, getting the hands done. And then Adriana, my girlfriend, her best friend passed away. And we had just talked about the ability to put ashes in the ink to represent someone who you carry around in your life. So thinking up of ideas of what would represent that person and memories for their life — I mean, that’s really what they are; they’re memories — and remembering that I had been given some ashes of Lemmy and a little silver bullet that was like a necklace and using that to get my — yeah, the Iron Cross and the ace of spades.

“So Lemmy is able to still fly the bird to the world via me,” he continued. “And just a reminder of what an inspiration he has been in my life — what to do, what not to do. And for me paying respects to him in maybe lieu of him being in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which still continues to piss me off.”

Commenting on the unfairness of Lemmy‘s absence from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Hetfield said: “The most rock and roll lifestyle-living person on this planet is not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which is a travesty, a shame. It’s kind of a disrespect to rock and roll, basically. So this is me paying homage to him.”

Lemmy passed away on 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death.