HEADCAT paid tribute to late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister by performing the song “Born To Lose, Live To Win” at last weekend’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. Check out fan-filmed video footage below.
In 1999, Lemmy, Slim Jim Phantom (THE STRAY CATS) and rockabilly guitar-slinger Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS) teamed up to create a high-energy, take-no-prisoners combo to remind the world how rock ‘n’ roll was supposed to sound. For over sixteen years, HEADCAT (formerly THE HEAD CAT) continued doing just that to the accolades of fans worldwide.
Since Lemmy‘s untimely passing in 2015, Slim Jim and Danny B. have put HEADCAT on hold out of respect for their fallen bandmate and have waited until the appropriate time to start performing, and recording again.
Which brings us to the spring of 2017. Along with new HEADCAT bassist and vocalist — former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent — HEADCAT recently recorded a heartfelt and rockin’ tribute to their late friend Lemmy Kilmister, appropriately titled “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.
The song was released digitally worldwide on June 23 and was made available on a very limited-edition seven-inch single (only 300 copies pressed!). The seven-inch vinyl singles were available at the band’s European shows this August, including at Wacken Open Air — where the band performed two sets throughout the weekend.
“Lemmy was my true pal for 35 years,” said Slim Jim Phantom. “The HEADCAT ‘Born To Lose, Live To Win’ track is a tribute to his spirit, image and love of original rock and roll. With his gang, MOTÖRHEAD, he made an everlasting impact on their fans, and like his famed Rickenbacker/Marshall spine tingling feedback, their legacy will continue to resonate for a long time.”
Danny B. Harvey continued: “This single is both dedicated to, and a tribute to our dear friend and fallen leader. As just about every Lemmy fan knows ‘Born To Lose, Live to Win’ was not only tattooed on Lemmy‘s arm but also the credo he lived his life by. Rest in peace, my friend.”
A Side: “Born To Lose, Live To Win”
B Side: “(This Train Is Going) Straight To Hell”
* Digital-only additional track: “T For Texas”