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Formed: 1975
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Lemmy spent the sixties in a number of small-time bands including Opal Butterfly, Sam Gopal, and The Rockin' Vickers as well as working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for about six months, and as a roadie for The Nice. In 1971 he joined archetypal space rock UK Underground outfit Hawkwind who were centred around the very in Ladbroke Grove. His distinctive style of bass playing, involving the use of chords rather than the single notes preferred by most players, was a fundamental part of the Hawkwind sound during his tenure. He also provided lead vocals on a number of songs including the band's biggest UK chart single, Silver Machine, which reached No.3 in 1972.

By 1975 Lemmy's forceful personality and propensity for ingesting copious quantities of amphetamines were leading to conflict with other members, and this culminated with his sacking after being arrested for drug possession while on tour with the band in Canada. Lemmy went on to form a new band with guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. Wallis's former bands included the Pink Fairies, Steve Took's Shagrat and UFO. Lemmy's connection with Took (formerly of T Rex) was not limited to Wallis, as they were personal friends and Took was the step-father to Lemmy's son Paul. This new band was originally called Bastard. However, after the band's manager pointed out this name would lose them TV and radio exposure, it was changed to Motörhead - the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind.

After a short period both Wallis and Fox were replaced with guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, and with this line-up the band began to achieve success. The uncompromisingly intense nature of their sound appealed to both Lemmy's original metal/rock constituency as well as the new punk fans — intrigued, perhaps, by Lemmy's brief stint in The Damned — and Lemmy's guttural vocals were unique in the world of rock at that time. The band's success peaked between 1980 and 1981 with a number of UK chart hits, including the classic single Ace of Spades (still a crowd favourite today) and the No. 1 Live Album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith . Motörhead have since gone on to become one of the most influential bands on the heavy metal scene and, although Lemmy is the only constant in a changing line-up, are still performing and releasing records to this day. Despite Motorhead's many member changes over their 30 year history the current lineup of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee has remained constant since 1995.

Lemmy has also worked with a number of other musicians over his career, and occasionally guests with Hawkwind. He was brought in as a songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne's 1991 No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks "Hellraiser," (which Motorhead later released) "Desire," "I Don't Want To Change The World," and the massive hit "Mama I'm Coming Home." Lemmy has noted in several magazine and television interviews that he made more money from the royalties of that one song than he had in his entire time with Motorhead.

He has made a number of appearances in film and television, including the 1990 science fiction film Hardware and the 1987 comedy Eat the Rich, for which Motörhead also recorded the soundtracks. In the 1994 comedy Airheads (in which he is credited as "Lemmy von Motorhead"), he shouts (truthfully) about being the editor of his high school newspaper. He has also appeared in several movies from the Troma studio. Having a predilection for self-deprecating parody, he once appeared in an advertisement for Kit Kat chocolate bars, miming a piece of chamber music on the violin, in an upper-class tea-room. Motörhead performed the entrance theme song "The Game" for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)'s Triple H, as well as "Line in the Sand" for his now defunct wrestling stable, Evolution. In 2006, they once again provided theme music for the WWE as they recorded the song King of Kings for Triple H on the Wreckless Intent CD.

Lemmy collects Nazi memorabilia, and has an Iron Cross encrusted on his bass, which has led to accusations of right-wing extremist tendencies; however, Lemmy considers himself to be an anarchist. According to Keith Emerson as written in his autobiography, two of Lemmy's Hitlerjugend knives were gifted to Keith Emerson himself during Lemmy's time spent as a roadie for The Nice. Emerson used these knives many times as "keyholders" during his famous wrestling sessions with the Hammond Organ during the shows with The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

He published his autobiography, White Line Fever in November 2002.

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Lemmy Action Figures To Be Produced

Motorhead rock legend Lemmy is due to be immortalised in the form of a six-inch toy.

Featuring biker boots, skinny jeans, tattoos and his iconic facial lumps, it'll be just like the real rocker! But small.

Manufacturers Locoape reckon they'll have it on the shelves for November.

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Just For Fun

Motorhead's Lemmy Voted Greatest Living Englishman

British newspaper The Guardian has concluded its question of who the greatest living Englishman is and the result will make heavy metal fans very happy! Motorhead mainman Lemmy has been given the title. For more information read the following article...

"Let it be stated for the record: Lemmy, singer with Motörhead, is the nation's greatest living Englishman. Some say this accolade belongs to Tony Benn, but attending one of his appearances will cost you up to £35 a ticket and doesn't get you Ace of Spades played by a sexagenarian who sinks two packets of Marlboro Reds and two litres of Jack Daniels a day.

Next month, London sees the start of the South Bank Meltdown festival, the summer's annual pick'n'mix of musical culture. This year's curator is Jarvis Cocker, another national treasure. The band Cocker has chosen to launch Meltdown is Motörhead. I would like to think - no, I believe - there is nothing kitsch about this choice. It isn't the same as people who wear AC/DC shirts to the NME Awards. I feel that Jarvis Cocker understands that Motörhead epitomise rock'n'roll's core ideal, that "the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud", and that they are a beacon for defiant celebration.

Lemmy may have hit many a duff note in the past 30 years, but not once has he told you a lie. I was 10 years old when I first heard this band; I was just a week older by the time I owned my first Motörhead record. A month after that I had an iron-on T-shirt. Five years later and I was knee deep in mud at Donington Park, flailing in terror as people fell under my feet, watching in amazement as a firework screamed its way toward Lemmy on the stage. I remember it now: he went ballistic. And then he played Ace of Spades.

Ace of Spades is, of course, the one song loved by everyone who has heard it. Its moral is so clear it could well be Moses on the mic, its timing so deft it might just be the greatest shimmy in rock'n'roll. "You know I'm going to lose, and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't want to live forever." In the original studio version Lemmy then warns you to not "forget the joker", but of late the song has been brought up to date. While power chords throb from his Rickenbacker bass and his mouth moves up to a microphone stationed higher than his head, the 61-year-old greatest living Englishman instead says "... but apparently I am."

And who wouldn't drink to that?"

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Machine Head Support Iron Maiden In Rome

MACHINE HEAD will support metal icons IRON MAIDEN, along with MOTÖRHEAD and MASTODON, at Rome's Olympic Stadium on June 20. The star-studded lineup is but one of many great MACHINE HEAD dates in Europe this summer, including the U.K.'s Download, Germany's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, Sweden's prestigious Metaltown festival, Denmark's Roskilde, Holland's Fields of Rock and a number of headlining dates with support coming from the mighty KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON and CHIMAIRA.

For a list of upcoming MACHINE HEAD tour dates, click here.

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Alice Cooper Announce UK Tour Dates

ALICE COOPER will be touring The UK towards the end of 2007. Confirmed dates are as follows:

November
6 - Sheffield - Hallam Arena
7 - Glasgow - SECC
9 - Newcastle - Metro Arena
10 - Birmingham - NEC
11 - Notthingham - Arena
13 - Brighton - Centre
14 - Bournemouth - BIC
16 - Cardiff - Arena
17 - Wembley
18 - Manchester - MEN

MOTÖRHEAD and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are scheduled to open the above listed shows.

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Special Guests On Pain's New Album Revealed

Fronted by HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren, the fifth Pain album "Psalms of Extinction" will feature Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, and Anders Iwers of In Flames who will be performing bass on a couple of tracks.

A video for the cut 'Zombie Slam' will be shot imminently.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007.

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Smokin' Aces Soundtrack Has Motorhead, Trivium


SMOKIN’ Aces director Joe Carnahan claims to be heavily influenced by music, which is reflected in some of his casting for the action-thriller given that it boasts impressive acting debuts for Alicia Keys and Common, as well as The Tremor Brothers.

The film itself takes its cues from movies such as Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, as well as Tony Scott’s True Romance and Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and, as such, boasts a soundtrack that captures the mad energy and cool vibe attached to proceedings.

We’re talking music from the likes of Motorhead, with their seminal Ace Of Spades that’s featured to such excellent effect in the trailer, to Outkast’s typically stylish Spottieottiedopalicious.

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Prodigy – First Warning
2. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
3. The stooges – Down on the Street
4. Common feat. Bilal – Play Your Cards Right
5. Skull Snaps – Tresspassin
6. Nilton Castro – Segura O Sambura
7. Bernard Pretty Purdie – Touch Me Again
8. Joe Baton – Under The Street Lamp
9. Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious
10. Genius/GZA Liquid Swords – I Gotcha Back
11. The Bees – I Love You
12. Ennio Morricone – Morte Di Un Soldat
13. John Cale – Big White Cloud
14. The Make Up – Save Yourself
15. Trivium – Like Light to the Flies
16. Clint Mansell – FBI
17. Clint Mansell – Shell Shock

Read the full article at Indie London.

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Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, Down To Tour

A HEAVEN AND HELL / MOTÖRHEAD / DOWN tour will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3 and play at least seven shows across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. An exclusive New York City date is also planned. Unconfirmed tour dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 03 - [To Be Announced] - Vancouver, BC
Mar. 22 - Air Canada Center - Toronto, ONT
Mar. 25 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QUE
Mar. 26 - Colisee - Quebec City, QUE

HEAVEN AND HELL — the new band featuring legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) alongside original BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) — will then likely play South America, Japan, Korea, Australia and Europe before returning to North America for a U.S. tour in August or September.

HEAVEN AND HELL confirmed European festival appearances so far:

Jun 6-9 - Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock
Jun. 09 - Tampere, FIN @ Sauna Open Air
Jun. 22-23 – Balingen, GER @ Bang Your Head!!!

The upcoming Dio-era BLACK SABBATH anthology, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", will feature three new songs ("Shadow of the Wind", "Devil Cries" and "Ear in the Wall"), and is tentatively due this spring.

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Motorhead To Headline Germany's Earthshaker Fest

MOTÖRHEAD has been confirmed as the headliner next year's Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 19-21, 2007 in Kreuth, Germany. More acts will be announced soon.

As previously reported, MOTÖRHEAD's new album, "Kiss of Death", entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.

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Vote On This Year's Classic Rock Awards

Classic Rock Magazine has opened their annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for voting by the public here. CRMag is also having a competition for the chance to appear on the upcoming Classic Rock DVD and to be broadcast in front of the rock royalty on awards night in November, this year. To enter, email in .mpegs of yourselves (no longer than 30 seconds) explaining why you think your favourites should win on the night to classicrock@futurenet.co.uk. Classic Rock's favourite five entrants will win a prize. The nominations you can vote on follow:

Album of the Year:

Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
The Answer - Rise
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Motorhead - Kiss Of Death
Cheap Trick - Rockford
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Band of the Year:

Iron Maiden
Whitesnake
Journey
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rolling Stones

Best Re-Issue:

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

DVD of the Year:

Pink Floyd - Pulse
Cream - Disraeli Gears
A Headbanger's Journey
Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night
Rush - Chronicles

Classic Rock Event of the Year:

Return of Monsters of Rock
Lordi winning Eurovision
Guns N' Roses tour
Metallica playing Master of Puppets at Download
Roger Waters playing Dark Side Of The Moon

Best New Band:

Roadstar
Wolfmother
Pure Reason Revolution
Winterville
The Sword

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Clutch and Motorhead UK Tour Dates

Clutch will support Motorhead on tour in the UK this November. Here are the latest tour dates:

11/02 Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
11/04 Glasgow, UK @ Carling Glasgow Academy
11/05 Manchester, UK @ Carling Apollo Manchester
11/07 Bradford, UK @ St. George's Hall
11/08 Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
11/09 Birmingham, UK @ Carling Birmingham Academy
11/11 Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
11/12 Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
11/13 Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
11/15 Norwich, UK @ University Of East Anglia
11/16 @ Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/17 Ipswich, UK @ Ipswich Regent
11/19 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
11/20 Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
11/21 Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
11/23 Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
11/24 Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
11/25 London, UK @ Carling Brixton Academy

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MTV Shares Their Top Ten Greatest Metal Bands

MTV Overdrive has a feature on the debate that took place when MTV set out to come up with the top ten greatest metal bands list. Here's a summary of the process:

"We reached out to the most passionate and knowledgable metal fans working at MTV and asked them to send us their individual picks for the 10 greatest, with the only criteria being "whatever greatness means to you." Some feel that the influence a band had on others is the most important factor in judging greatness; others say the strength of the albums is the primary concern; and some believe the power of a band's live performance is the ultimate measure. We did not care what each participants criteria was; we only asked them to vote from their hearts."

"In part two, we gathered everyone together, showed them the results, and asked them to either stand by it, or change it as they saw fit, the only rule being that a majority had to vote in favor of every change. The discussion and debate over the rankings is what you see in the Overdrive show."

"In such debate lies much geekdom and fun, and MTV's metal brain trust — our panel of experts, consisting of nine die-hard, longtime fans — had a blast conjuring and debating this list."

The resulting list of the greatest metal bands follows, but be sure to check out the video because it was actually an interesting discussion.

1. Black Sabbath
2. Judas Priest
3. Metallica
4. Iron Maiden
5. Pantera
6. Slayer
7. AC/DC
8. Motorhead
9. Kiss
10. Motley Crue

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Motorhead Announce New Album Title

MOTÖRHEAD have set "Kiss of Death" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on August 29 via Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Inferno" was produced by Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on their last effort. A new MOTÖRHEAD track, entitled "Kingdom of the Worm", received its world premiere on Friday, May 19 during MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister's appearance on the "Jonesy's Jukebox" radio show on Indie 103.1 FM. A transcript of Lemmy's chat with "Jonesy's Jukebox" host Steve Jones (of the SEX PISTOLS fame) can be found at chriswasanon.blogspot.com (scroll down to the Monday, May 22, 2006 entry).

Lemmy is featured in the June 2006 issue of Maxim magazine as one of the top 10 "Living Legends of Sex." Also appearing in the issue are Jack Nicholson, Julio Iglesias, Gene Simmons, Charlie Sheen and Magic Johnson, among others.

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Lemmy In Maxim's Top 10 "Living Legends of Sex"

MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister has made the Maxim magazine's Top 10 list of "Living Legends of Sex." In the June 2006 of the magazine, the MOTÖRHEAD singer "explains what makes him irresistible to women." Lemmy reveals his perfect woman and if he's gotten lucky.

Maxim: You popped your cherry when you were 18. How'd it happen?

Lemmy: "On a beach. In the rain. It was miserable, and that sand gets everywhere, you know."

Maxim: And since then you've scored 2,000 women…

Lemmy: "I never said 2,000. I said 1,000. It's probably 1,200 or so now. I've been at it a long time and I was never married, so there hasn't been any time off." More...

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"WWE Wreckless Intent" Media Player Available

Songs from the upcoming "WWE Wreckless Intent" compilation, due out May 23 on Columbia Records, is available on a media player at this location.

Tracklisting for the compilation:

01. Saliva - I Walk Alone (Batista's theme)
02. Mercy Drive - Burn In My Light (Randy Orton's theme)
03. HomeBwoi - Hard Hittin (Coach's theme)
04. Brand New Sin - Crank It Up (Big Show's theme)
05. Desiree Jackson - Holla (Candice Michelle's theme)
06. Eleventh Hour - A Girl Like That (Torrie Wilson's theme)
07. Kaballon - Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am) (Carlito's theme)
08. Theory of a Deadman - Deadly Game
09. Silkk the Shocker - Never Gonna Change
10. Shadows Fall - Rob Van Dam (Rob Van Dam's theme)
11. Three 6 Mafia - Some Bodies Gonna Get It (Mark Henry's theme)
12. Zebrahead - With Legs Like That (Maria's theme)
13. Killswitch Engage - This Fire Burns
14. POD - Booyaka 619 (Rey Mysterio's theme)
15. Motorhead - King Of Kings (Triple H's theme)

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"WWE Wreckless Intent" Tracklisting Revealed

Columbia Records has announced details of WWE Wreckless Intent – a compilation of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Superstars’ entrance theme music perform by today's hottest hardcore rock, alternative and hip-hop artists.

The songs on WWE: Wreckless Intent are the wrestlers' themes heard during the WWE's enormously successful TV shows -- "SmackDown!®", "RAW®", "WrestleMania®", and "Saturday Night's Main Event™" -- as performed by today's top-selling aggro-rock and rap artists. The album features the first new music -- "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" (as associated with the WWE talent Mark Henry™) -- from Three 6 Mafia since the dirty south rappers took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song earlier this month.

You can pre-order here to get an autographed booklet and keychain.

The track listing is as follows:

Artists - Tracks - WWE talent:

1. Saliva - "I Walk Alone" - Batista™
2. Mercy Drive - "Burn In My Light" - Randy Orton®
3. Homebwoi - "Hard Hittin'" - Coach™
4. Brand New Sin - "Crank It Up" - Big Show®
5. Desiree Jackson - "Holla" - Candice™
6. Eleventh Hour - "A Girl Like That" – Torrie Wilson®
7. Kaballon - "Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am)" - Carlito™
8. Theory of a Deadman - "Deadly Game"
9. Silkk the Shocker - "I'm Comin'"
10. Shadows Fall - "Fury Of The Storm" - Rob Van Dam®
11. Three 6 Mafia - "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" - Mark Henry
12. Zebrahead - "With Legs Like That" - Maria™
13. Killswitch Engage - "This Fire Burns"
14. P.O.D. - "Booyaka 619" - Rey Mysterio®
15. Motörhead - "King of Kings" - Triple H®

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"A Headbanger's Journey" To Receive DVD Release

Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with metal icons, including Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bruce Dickison, Lemmy Kilmister, and many more.

"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" two-disc set will be released by Warner Home Video on May 23, 2006 for $24.98 just in time for metal's most popular music festivals such as Ozzfest, Gigantour and Sounds Of Underground kick off. Order due date is April 18, 2006.

Sam Dunn, a thirty-year-old anthropologist, has been fascinated by the culture of heavy metal since he was twelve years old. In an effort to study its origin and cultural impact, he sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metal's obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the U.K., Germany, Norway, Canada and the U.S., this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.

"Heavy metal music has an enormous worldwide following that many people are unaware of because it has been overshadowed by images of violence and mosh pits," said Tehya Kopp, WHV Senior Director, Special Interest Marketing. "This documentary digs into the stereotypes and misconceptions about the artists' motivations behind the lyrics and harsh sound and explores the real side of metal in a way that appeals to metal and non-metal fans alike. It's an eye-opening documentary that is both informative and enjoyable to all audiences."

"Metal: A Headbanger's History" contains over 87 minutes of special features including:

* 16 extended interviews with metal rock icons!
* 20-minute mini-documentary on Norwegian black metal
* Footage with Lemmy from MOTORHEAD at the Rainbow
* Director's commentary.
* Travel outtakes
* An awesome interactive metal history family tree, created specifically for the DVD.

You can watch the trailer, find more information about the release and read the directors' blog at metalhistory.com.

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Heavy Metal Documentary To Premiere In March

Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting the styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music.

Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn - curious anthropologist and rabid fan - collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sexuality, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it appears.

The film stars Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geddy Lee (Rush), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and others.

The film is written and directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and is distributed by Seville Pictures.

The film opened in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City yesterday (Feb. 24) and will open in the U.S., UK, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Belgium in early March.

For more information, visit www.metalhistory.com.

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Motorhead To Play With The Foo Fighters

Motörhead have just been confirmed to play a gigantic concert featuring the Foo Fighters on June 17th, 2006 at Hyde Park in London, England. No other than Dave Grohl himself asked his pal Lemmy to join in and Motörhead agreed immediately. The line up is the following:

Foo Fighters
Motörhead
Queens Of The Stone Age

Furthermore these shows are confirmed already:

Mar. 07 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 09 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 10 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 11 Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues

Motörhead will be playing some summer festivals in Europe between June 1st, 2006 and August 15th. A US Tour will follow September / November this year and Motörhead will start a headlining European tour after that. More news TBA.

Motörhead are currently in the studios working on their new album.

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Valume Nob In Talks With Demolition Records

VALUME NOB, the Louisiana based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, are in talks with England's Demolition Records about the release of their already-completed full-length debut, entitled "Residue and Bones". If all goes well, the album could be released as early as March. The upcoming CD will include a track entitled "The 8 of Spades" dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. To listen to the song, click here.

"Residue and Bones" was recorded at American studios in Los Angeles with engineer Warren Riker (DOWN, CROWBAR).

VALUME NOB released an extended version of their previously recorded "The Most High" EP in October 2004 through Crash Music Inc. The CD contains the four songs from the original recording as well as two "live" bonus tracks and a 30-minute DVD interview with the band.

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