Petition launched to name new heavy metal after late Motörhead frontman, Lemmy

A petition has been set up in tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy, who tragically passed away on 28 December 2015.

Duff McKagan and Tim Burgess are among those that have supported the call to name a newly discovered heavy metal after the legendary musician.

The campaign was set up by John Wright, a business support manager from York, and aims to rename Ununoctium 118, ‘Lemmium’.

The petition reads, “Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal.

“We believe it is fitting that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommend that one of the four new discovered Heavy Metals in the Periodic table is named Lemmium.  An astrological object (a star) has been named Lemmy to meet the IUPAC naming recommendations.”

At the time of publishing, the petition is just 1,806 signatures away from its target of 35,000. Sign in support at

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