Lost Lemmy country duet, The Mask, is rediscovered

'The Mask' will appear on the new album from Lynda Kay.

A lost country duet from legendary Motörhead bassist and frontman Lemmy Kilmister has resurfaced. The lead single from singer Lynda Kay’s forthcoming album Black & Gold, The Mask was recorded in 2009 and shows off the full range of Lemmy’s voice outside of the usual, aggressive growl he’s synonymous with. The recording was thought to have been lost, but has since been rediscovered and has been released today, 23 August.

Lemmy began working on The Mask back in 1979, coincidentially the same year the seminal Motörhead albums Overkill and Bomber were released, but chose not to finish the track until a few dacades later.

Lemmy at Glasto
Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2015 in Glastonbury, England. Image: Samir Hussein / Redferns via Getty Images


Set for release in October, both Overkill and Bomber are due for a boxset re-release titled 1979, on the 40th anniversary of their releases. The boxset will also include Motörhead b-sides and rarities.

Lemmy Kilmister passed away in 2015 from heart failure and cancer, the latter of which was only diagnosed two days before his death. Regarded as a pioneer in rock, his impact and presence still resonate today.