HAWKWIND leader Dave Brock has paid tribute to his late bandmate Lemmy, describing him as "a character, a gentleman and friend." Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later, on December 26, that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on Monday (December 28) at his home in Los Angeles.
Kilmister joined HAWKWIND in 1972 as the band's bassist even though he had previously only played guitar. He fronted the band for their biggest hit, "Silver Machine", but was fired in 1975 after being arrested at the American/Canadian border for having cocaine on his person — the irony being that he didn't have coke on him, but speed.