Campaign follows plan to name new form of heavy metal after frontman
A petition has been launched to change the name of a Jack Daniels and Coke to a “Lemmy” in tribute to the late musician.
Change.org user “Gimme A Lemmy” has already clocked over 20,000 signatures since he launched the campaign yesterday (January 7).
According to the petition, the late Motörhead singer “will forever be associated with the Jack & Coke” according to the petition’s creator, who claims their idea is meant to “celebrate and remember one of Rock and Roll’s true legends. I petition everyone to henceforth and hereafter refer to the combination of Jack Daniels Whiskey and Coca-Cola as a ‘Lemmy’. Let it be so.”
It comes come just days after a petition was launched to name a newly discovered heavy metal after the late Motörhead frontman.
That campaign was set up by John Wright, a business support manager from York, who aims to rename Ununoctium 118 – Lemmium.
It is one of four radioactive “super-heavy” elements that were added to chemistry’s periodic table last week. The four new elements were discovered by scientists in America, Japan and Russia. The new additions were formally verified by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) on December 30.
But Motörhead fans are angry about this particular petition, with many declaring that they were not a heavy metal band.
One wrote on the petition page: “Let’s not. Lemmy himself said in 2010, ‘We were not heavy metal. We were a rock’n’roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won’t people listen?’ Why won’t you listen?”‘
Another, Christopher Scurrah, wrote: “Lemmy always said Motorhead wasn’t heavy metal, he said ‘We’re Motorhead and we play rock’n’roll’. If 118 is a noble gas that’s fine with me.”
Lemmy’s forthcoming memorial service in Hollywood this weekend is set to be streamed across the world.