The Only Singer Lemmy Kilmister Considered One Of ‘The Three Tenors’

With his distorted yet strong singing style, Lemmy Kilmister handled the lead vocals of Motörhead songs and was an integral part of the band’s sound for nearly 40 years. Although it was basically the way he sang, cigarettes and whiskey seemed to give character to Lemmy’s voice too. He also had a super intense, high-energy vocal style, and his singing with the microphone up became one of Motörhead’s iconic images.

The singer, who was able to find his unique singing style that was an integral part of Motörhead’s sound and influenced rockers for years with his vocals, was asked to rate other singers of his era in an interview he gave in the early 2000s. In that interview, Kilmister evaluated the vocalists of many bands, such as Metallica, Poison, and Pantera, and gave a full mark to a name that would not surprise rockers.

Who Was ‘One Of The Three Tenors’ According To Kilmister?

Metal Sludge shared a 2001 interview with Lemmy Kilmister in 2016, during which the late musician was asked to rate the vocals of names such as Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Phil Anselmo, Vince Neil, Bruce Dickinson, and a few others. The scale used for this vote was quite interesting. ‘1’ signified ‘being someone who sounds like they have a dirty sock in their mouth’ while ’10’ was ‘one of the three tenors.’

As some of you may know, the Three Tenors were the legendary opera trio of the ’90s and early 2000s, consisting of José Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti, who were very popular tenors due to their powerful singing. On the other hand, you can all guess how someone with socks in their mouth would sing.

During the conversation, Kilmister was asked to rate some singers on this interesting scale of 1 to 10. The only name he gave 10 points was Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate. Lemmy Kilmister thus revealed that he thought the frontman was good enough to be one of the ‘Three Tenors.’

The names that went from 1 to 10 in the voting were as follows: Kid Rock, Phil Anselmo, Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Peter Steele, Jani Lane, James Hetfield, Bruce Dickinson, Ozzy Osbourne, and finally, his ten-point went to Geoff Tate. Apparently, according to Kilmister, the vocals of bands like Poison, Pantera, Mötley Crüe, and Kid Rock were not good enough. Names like Dickinson, Osbourne, and Lane, on the other hand, seemed to have passed the test for Kilmister.

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