Iconic Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was laid to rest on Saturday in Los Angeles with a star-studded memorial service followed by a raucous celebration of his life on the Sunset Strip.
Half a world away in Norway, the rock legend is receiving a most subtle, but longer-lasting, tribute.
The carillon in Oslo City Hall’s bell tower will be playing Motorhead’s 2015 track ‘Electricity’ every day at 6pm through May 31st as a tribute to the revered rocker. Footage of the City Hall Lemmy tribute can be seen below, thanks to Aftensposten:
The tune, taken from the band’s final album ‘Bad Magic’, has joined a daily line-up of songs that also includes John Lennon’s 'Imagine', Nine Inch Nail’s ‘Hurt’ and the Super Mario Brothers theme.
The Oslo City Hall carillon is the largest in the Nordics with a total of 49 bells. The bells play a different tune every hour on the hour between 7am and midnight. The only songs to never change are Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's 'Morgenstemning', played everyday at 7am, and 'Vektersang', played at midnight.
Lemmy, one of rock and roll’s great survivors, was diagnosed with cancer on December 26h — two days after his 70th birthday — and died on December 28th.
Motorhead’s long-time drummer Mikkey Dee told Sweden’s Expressen that the singer basically willed himself to die after the diagnosis.
“When he went home he said, ‘I’ve had a good run, fuck it’, and then more or less laid down and died,” Dee, whose real name is Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou, said.