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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.

Latest Motorhead News

Below is our complete Motorhead news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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VH1 To Air 'Definitive History' Of Heavy Metal

VH1 has announced plans to launch "VH1 Rock Docs", an all-new slate of high-end feature-length programs in 2006. Each of the docs will reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries will tell some of the most unique stories of the artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives. The "VH1 Rock Docs" slated for premiere in 2006 include a four-hour definitive history of heavy metal, "The U.S. vs. John Lennon", "The Last Days of Lisa Lopes" and "DMC: The Real Me". Additional documentaries will be announced shortly. A brief synopsis of the heavy metal documentary reads as follows:

"What Ken Burns did for jazz, VH1 does for heavy metal — only a lot louder. This four-part documentary traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture from BLACK SABBATH to WHITE ZOMBIE, from LED ZEP to DEF LEP, from MOTÖRHEAD to MASTODON. In the same vein as VH1's critically acclaimed 2004 hip-hop chronicle, 'And You Don't Stop', this documentary series will use interviews, verite moments and vintage footage to bring metal's history to life, told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades."

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Mondo Generator Replace CoC On Motorhead Tour

Mondo Generator are to replace Corrosion of Conformity as Motorhead's main support band for their upcoming European tour. This doesn't affect the UK, where In Flames will be the support act.

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Iron Maiden All-Star Tribute Planned

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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In Flames To Tour UK With Motorhead

In Flames has posted this message on their official website:

"Hello all! We want to thank each and everyone that came out to see us this summer at the Ozzfest.
We had such a great time during this tour meeting up with a lot of our good friends as well as making new ones!
Thanx to all the bands and crew for being so cool to us.

"Ahead we have the UK-tour with Motorhead that we are really looking forward to. This will be the longest UK tour we have ever done and we are really psyched for it, so hope to see you all there.

"Cheers
/ In Flames"

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COC Postpone European Tour Due To Hurricane

Corrosion of Conformity have been forced to postpone all U.K. shows and to pull out of supporting Motorhead in Europe.

C.O.C. guitarist and New Orleans resident Pepper Keenan is currently displaced and looking after family members as they await word on when or if they will be able to return to the city.

The band plans to be back on the road in November supporting Disturbed in the U.S.

Plans are underway to reschedule shows in Europe.

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First Hellraisers' Ball Details

The first annual Hellraisers' Ball will take place October 1st at the Town Square Plaza Park/England Bros. Pavillion in Pinellas Park, Florida. TIckets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show and are on sale today. The bands listed to play thus far are as follows:

Motorhead
Dark New Day
Meshuggah
Devildriver
God Forbid
Otep
The Haunted
Mnemic
Cemetery
End of the Rope
Trigger Point
Reflux

The show is all-ages.

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Motorhead Guitarist Helps Accident Victim

Mötorhead guitarist Phil Campbell will join four other bands at a charity gig in Wales tonight (August 22) for a barman left blind and deaf after an horrific car accident.

21-year-old Nick Butcher, whose dad, Tim, works as a technician with Mötorhead , needed major reconstructive surgery to put 20 metal plates in his face after the head-on collision.

Commented Tim: "Nick is a real joker, full of life. He's still got his sense of humor but that's all he¹s got left. As a parent, it's awful to see. I think he's taken it better than I have."

Nick, a former Llanishen High School pupil, was with his girlfriend with their car was involved in the road smash.

The impact crushed his head, destroyed his nose, and fracturing his jaw and skull. He was in a coma at Swansea's Morriston Hospital for a month following the crash ten weeks ago.

He eventually woke but found his senses gone, and plans to become a catering manager over.

"Nick and his girlfriend were knocked unconscious," said Tim. "She woke and thought he was dead.

"We had been together in the morning and I had left to go to the Hammersmith Odeon in London for Mötorhead's 30th anniversary concert. The police called and said they weren¹t sure he would make it.

"He is now blind and deaf and has no feeling in his face or head. He has got brain damage and can speak but is a lot slower."

Nick, who once worked at Cardiff¹s Hanover Hotel, has just started physiotherapy and is allowed home from hospital at weekends.

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Fans Attempt To Get Motorhead Into Hall Of Fame

Motörhead fans are signing a petition in an attempt to get the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The petition text reads as follows:

"Please induct Motörhead into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Motörhead are currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary and it is, quite simply, shocking that they have not received the recognition they deserve.

"Without Motörhead, the hard rock and metal music scenes would look very different today. They have influenced numerous bands over the years, including Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Zeke, Slipknot, Anthrax, Tank, Overkill, And Peter Pan Speedrock.

"Despite problems with various record companies trying to limit their creative output and certain sections of the media attacking the band at every opportunity, Motörhead have relentlessly put out strong album after strong album and toured almost constantly all over the world. They have never given up or compromised their principles, no matter what adversity has faced them, making them one of the most exciting, productive, viable live bands around today.

"As there have been several line-up changes over the years, it would be unfair to induct one particular line-up over another; every musician that has been in Motorhead has contributed something great to the band. Therefore, Motörhead are Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, Philip Campbell, Michael 'Mikkey Dee' Delaouglou, Mick 'Wurzel' Burston, Philip 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, Peter Gill, Brian 'Robbo' Robertson, Larry Wallis, and Lucas Fox. Special merit should be given to the 'classic' Motörhead of Kilmister/Taylor/Clarke and the longest-serving Motörhead of Kilmister/Campbell/Dee.

"By inducting Motörhead into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, you would be acknowledging all they have achieved over the years."

To view and/or sign the petition, click here.

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COC To Open For Motorhead In Europe

Corrosion of Conformity has announced tour dates for their upcoming European tour. Tour dates are as follows:

UK tour with Witchcraft:

Sept 25 Stoke On Trent - The Sugarmill
Sept 26 Oxford - The Zodiac
Sept 27 Brighton - Concorde 2
Sept 28 Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
Sept 29 Nottingham - Rock City
Sept 30 Glasgow - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Oct 01 Birmingham - Birmingham Academy (Carling Academy)
Oct 02 Newport - TJ's
Oct 03 Liverpool - Liverpool Academy 1,2,3,4 (Liverpool Univ.)
Oct 04 Manchester - Manchester Univ (Academy,MDH,Hop&Grape)
Oct 06 London - Carling Academy Islington & Bar Academy

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Motorhead's Lemmy To Receive 'Living Legend' Award

Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.

To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.

Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.

In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...

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Shadows Fall & Motorhead Join Fight To Save CBGB

MOTÖRHEAD, SHADOWS FALL and GBH are among the artists that have donated rare and autographed items to be auctioned in support of the legendary CBGB nightclub in New York City.

After weeks of trying to receive a new lease, CBGB is still working to achieve an agreement with their landlord, The Bowery Resident's Committee. While CBGBs has been a neighbor in good standing with the community for 31 years, they still need to secure a new lease by August 31, 2005 and are planning a month of benefits. The goal of these events is to help generate support and momentum for a quick and fair resolution for a renewed lease.

In addition to the already announced benefit shows scheduled for August, CBGB has added RAW POWER and THE MISFITS, among other artists.

To learn more, visit www.savecbgb.org. To take action, sign the official Save CBGB petition, and receive updated news about this battle. Donations to Save CBGB.org will be used in the effort to secure a new and fair lease. Once a lease has been secured all proceeds will be donated to help the homeless. Donations to Save CBGBs are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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Motorhead 'Stage Fright' DVD Preview Online

Viva.tv is previewing five tracks from the new Motorhead DVD 'Stage Fright', releaesed July 18th. You can watch live performances of 'Love Me Like A Reptile', 'Shoot You In The Back', 'Killers', 'In The Name Of Tragedy', and 'Ace Of Spades'.

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Motorhead Guitarist To Guest On Rapper's New Album

According to Billboard.com, Motorhead guitarist, Phil Campbell, will make a guest appearance on the new album from Detroit rapper Hush called "Bulletproof," due out August 23. Other guest appearances include Eminem, D12, Nate Dogg and Talib Kweli.

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Reiter Does "Wall Of Love" For Lemmy

When Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Germany's craziest metal bunch, played at the With Full Force festival at the beginning of July, they sent some special "Get well soon!" greetings to Motorhead frontman Lemmy, who had to be taken to the hospital before the same weekend.

Here's what they did: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter counted "1-2-3-Cuddle!" – and 15,000 fans hugged the life out of each other! The original "Wall Of Love," especially for one of Rock'n'Roll's greatest!

Now, who says metal fans do not have a heart?

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Motorhead TV Special To Air In July

We're With the Band: Motorhead
As "The World's Loudest Band" tours Canada, MuchMoreMusic's Bill Welychka joins Motorhead on the road to help celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. They are one of the most influential metal bands of all time, and we get to witness why...with full access to the band off-stage and on. Contains new exclusive interviews and performance footage from Toronto and Montreal.

Air Date(s):

Jul. 15 6pm EST, 10pm EST
Jul. 16 1 am EST, 2pm EST

For more information, visit www.muchmoremusic.com.

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Motorhead's Lemmy Ordered To Rest

Motorhead have had to cancel shows on their ongoing European tour, after Lemmy was told to rest. He's suffering from 'extreme dehydration', which has led to exhaustion.

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Photos From Motorhead's 30th Anniversary Show

Motorhead performed for their 30th anniversary at Hammersmith Carling Apollo on June 16th in London, England. You can check out pictures from WireImage, FilmMagic, RexFeatures, and GettyImages.

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Lemmy Says Groupies Go For Fame, Not Rock

Veteran rocker Lemmy Kilmister has rubbished the notion that bands embark on an endless quest for groupies when they tour.

The Motorhead wildman insists that women really do throw themselves at musicians - but they do so to sleep with somebody famous, not because of their musical talents.

He says, "In all my years in rock 'n' roll, I have never heard one guy in a band ever say, 'Let's go and get some groupies.'

"It's just girls available to anyone famous - footballers, snooker players. And anyone who is good looking is going to get more than someone who is ugly. It's just the rules of the game."

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Motorhead's Lemmy and Tales of Bondage

Ireland's Ballyhoo Examiner newspaper has issued the following "correction" to a previously published article: "Lawyers for wild man rock star Lemmy have complained about a story in Saturday's Ballyhoo Examiner entitled 'MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy In Bondage Romp', which told how the 55-year-old MOTÖRHEAD rocker handcuffed his lover to the bed for a three-day sex and bondage session. Mr. Lemmy's solicitors said: 'It was not three days and she was not handcuffed to the bed. It was seven days and she was hung from the ceiling.' We apologise unreservedly to Mr. Lemmy for any damage caused to his reputation."

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France's Fury Fest in Danger of Being Cancelled

France's Fury Fest is in danger of being cancelled after the festival's organizers failed to provide "any guarantees concerning the security of the public and other people present," according to a local media report. In addition, there weren't any guarantees about hygienic conditions for campers and the festival is said to be not fully insured. Maurice Nakache, the organizer of the Fury Fest, announced that the missing paperwork will be delivered to the appropriate authorities by Friday (June 10).

Fury Fest is scheduled to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. Acts confirmed to appear at the festival include MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, KREATOR, SLAYER and MOTÖRHEAD.

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