Shot on December 11th in Berlin, the clip shows that even two-and-a-half weeks before his death, Kilmister was howling on the mic, hounding the strings of his bass and causing severe neck cramps in headbangers like it was 1979. The mammoth rendition of “Overkill” — the title track from their second LP — capped off Motörhead’s 16-song set, and will serve as fitting, ear-splitting final note to their storied 40-year career.
The Berlin show was supposed to be the last on the latest leg of Motörhead’s 40th anniversary tour, which was scheduled to resume in Europe in January. Despite increasing health issues over the years, Kilmister continued to tour and record relentlessly. After cutting a 2013 concert in Wacken, Germany short, Kilmister underwent surgery to implant a defibrillator, then, over the next two years, played Coachella, toured the world again, and, this summer, released a new Motörhead album, Bad Magic.
Kilmister’s death on Monday from an aggressive form of cancer has elicited an outpouring of grief and memories from musicians and fans. Director Penelope Spheeris recalled Kilmister’s candid brilliance and WWE Raw aired a tribute to him during their broadcast Monday; Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Tom Morello and members of Metallica have all penned tributes to the late bassist as well.