Crowd at Wacken Open Air honors Lemmy Kilmister with Motörhead's cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes'
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For years, Motörhead was a staple at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany until the passing of frontman Lemmy Kilmister in December of 2015. This year, the organizers of the festival paid tribute to Lemmy by playing Motörhead’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” to help close out the festival. The band cut the cover before Kilmister passed and it is included on Motörhead’s forthcoming covers compilation album, Under Cover, coming out Sept. 1. You can read more about Under Cover here.

As Loudwire reported, festival organizer Thomas Jensen took the stage after Alice Cooper’s set to announce that the tribute to Motörhead and Lemmy would be a screening of the video (see above) for the David Bowie cover. Jensen also urged the crowd to sing along, which brought on chants of “Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy” from the audience. While the crowd was a little slow singing along, they eventually pull it together for a stirring tribute to Lemmy. You can check out a video of the tribute above.

The video also caught the attention of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who tweeted about the “awesome” video. You can check out Slash’s tweet below. Click here to browse AXS for select Guns N' Roses fall Not In This Lifetime tour dates.