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


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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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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Motorhead Guitarist Visits "Neighbours" Set

According to Australia's Herald Sun, MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell was "shaking with excitement" when he dropped by on the set of one of the most successful Australian TV shows, "Neighbours", yesterday.

He met Ramsay St's Kennedy clan, telling returning star Kym Valentine: "It's great to have you back in the family."

In Melbourne for a series of MOTÖRHEAD gigs at the Forum that began last night, the axeman also had a long chat with fellow muso Alan Fletcher, who plays Dr. Karl in the show.

Final proof Campbell was a tragic fan was admitting his Mum used to tape the show for him so he never missed a minute.

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Lemmy's Side Project To Do Hollywood Show

THE HEAD CAT, MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister's psychobilly side-project also featuring the STRAY CATS’ Slim Jim Phantom on drums/percussion and guitarist Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS, 13 CATS, LONESOME SPURS), are playing Hollywood, CA next week. The band will be performing at Safari Sam's on Sunset Boulevard this coming Thursday, September 27th. Doors open 7pm. More info www.myspace.com/headcat, www.Safari-Sams.com.

According to a press release, The Head Cat are a "take no prisoners combo just to remind the world how rock'n'roll is supposed to fuckin' sound. Forget all those rock posers, who have nothing new to say, passing themselves off as the real thing. When it comes to real rock'n'roll these three guys have lived it, breathed it, bled it and have set the lifestyle example that all you rebels, rockers and outcasts should strive to follow!"

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Overkill To Open For Motorhead In Europe

OVERKILL are confirmed to support MOTÖRHEAD on the following European dates in November/December:

20 - Netherlands - TBA
22 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
23 - Elmshorn, Germany - Elbmarschenhalle
24 - Bremen, Germany - Pier 2
26 - Stuttgart, Germany - Messe Congresscentrum B
27 - Köln, Germany - Palladium
28 - München, Germany - Zenith
30 - Erfurt, Germany - Thüringenhalle

1 - Saarbrücken, Germany - E-Werk
3 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle

As previously reported, Overkill recently inked a new deal with Bodog Music, and will release their new studio album, Immortalis, on October 9th.

The album (artwork pictured) features the following tracks: 'Devils In The Mist', 'What It Takes', 'Skull And Bones' (featuring LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe), 'Shadow Of A Doubt', 'Hellish Pride', 'Walk Through Fire', 'Head On', 'Charlie Get Your Gun', 'Hell Is', 'Overkill V'.

Overkill have also scheduled an in-store performance on Saturday, October 6th at 2 PM at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey (51 Lafayette Rd. - 732.225.7717).

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Motorhead Add More Australian Tour Dates

MOTORHEAD and ROSE TATTOO have added more dates to their upcoming Australian tour:

3 - Brisbane, Australia - Convention Centre
5 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
6 - Newcastle, Australia - Civic Theatre
7 - Sydney, Australia - Evan Theatre – Penrith Panthers New Show
9 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum Sold Out
10 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum New Show
13 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
16 - Perth, Australia - Challenge Stadium

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Dawn Of Azazel To Support Motorhead In New Zealand

New Zealand's most notable metal export DAWN OF AZAZEL has announced its first show since returning from a successful European tour in June. The band will support rock legends MOTÖRHEAD at their only New Zealand show in October.

Commented frontman Rigel Walshe: "Well, things have been uncharacteristically quiet in the DAWN OF AZAZEL camp lately. Since returning from a killer tour of Europe with IMMOLATION, KRISIUN, GRAVE and LENG TCH'E we have been hard at work on material for our next album. Progress has been great and we are fully confident this will represent the next stage of evolution in the sound of stronger, tighter and more focused DAWN OF AZAZEL. We anticipate this should be completed by the end of the year.

"In the meantime we are honoured to announce that we will be supporting yet another metal legend that we count amongst our influences, none other than the mighty MOTÖRHEAD on their only New Zealand show on October the 19th at New Plymouth's TSB Stadium. Shortly after this we shall be announcing our third Australian tour for 'Sedition' in support of one of extreme metal's strongest names."

DAWN OF AZAZEL's latest album, "Sedition", was re-released in September 2006 with a video bonus track and distributed through RED/Megaforce Records/MIC via Ibex Moon Records.

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Motorhead DVD Gets Upgrade

The following MOTÖRHEAD press release has been announced:

- Want to share your Motörhead tattoo with others?
- Would you prefer the band play 'Ace Of Spades' first?
- Do you want to shoot a photo of Lemmy while watching the concert?

Get interactive with Motörhead. Their Stage Fright DVD, an extraordinary look at the band's life, was released in the US earlier this year, but is now getting an upgrade - It is the first music HD DVD to feature online functions. The HD DVD production, released on SPV and produced in collaboration with Authoring Studio Imagion AG, is due out October 10, 2007 and will be the first HD DVD worldwide to use HD DVD-standard online functions.

Since the US saw the arrival of the first two HD DVDs featuring online functions in early July, Motörhead's Stage Fright will be the first music production to follow suit and join the roster of dynamic HD DVDs. As defined by the HD DVD standard, each player will have a network interface to expand the pressed disc with additional contents.

Motörhead fans can look forward to the latest news and tour dates, pictures and fan artwork, which will be integrated in the HD DVD menus via the network interface of the IMAGION HD DVD server. In the “Motörhead for Live” section, Motörhead fans will be invited to present their latest tattoos, constantly expanding the HD DVD's tattoo gallery.

In addition to this highlight, the HD DVD will offer even more attractive and innovative features. An exclusive picture-in-picture video commentary sees the band talk about each of their songs and their performance at the concert, which was recorded in December 2004. The Create SetList option supports the compilation of individual set lists and the arrangement of the concert according to the viewer's preferences. The Snapshot feature makes it possible to “shoot” photos while replaying the concert, enhancing the disc with a personal picture gallery. The HD DVD also includes the bonus material from the Stage Fright double DVD.

Next to top-quality high-definition audio-visual features, the HD DVD will come with numerous interactive features such as picture-in-picture video commentaries and the option of compiling individual photo galleries or set lists. Involving the whole Motörhead fan community, the HD DVD will be updated regularly with dynamic online contents to supply HD DVD users with exclusive specials.

Recorded during a show at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf on December 7, 2004, the set features 20 songs from the entire Motörhead history, including 'Overkill', 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Iron Fist'. As a special bonus, there is an interactive DVD check with Motörhead, with the three musicians contributing lots of interesting comments about the DVD.

Want Something More?

How about a brand new live Motörhead CD. Better Motörhead Than Dead - Live At Hammersmith, scheduled for release from SPV on September 11, 2007, rekindles memories of a momentous night that even a cosmopolitan city like London doesn't see every day. Early June 2005 saw the long queue in front of the venerable Hammersmith Odeon, a venue of many legendary live shows - stretch right to the tube station on the other side of the road. What was going on? Motörhead had invited their fans to their 30th anniversary party, and over 5,000 of them accepted. Their number would have been even greater had the powers that be in the British capital not rigorously limited the capacity of the illustrious venue. Loved by their fans, respected by the press due to the personal integrity of the three band members, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, Motörhead is considered legendary, one of the world's best and most influential rock bands

The track listing consists of 23 songs, a kind of 'best of Motörhead' featuring, among others, classics such as 'Bomber', 'Ace Of Spades', 'Overkil'l, 'Sacrifice' and 'Iron Fist'. Then there are some more recent tracks from their 2005 release, Inferno, and a number of surprises: June 2005 saw Motörhead delve deeply into vaults that their fans had assumed to be permanently locked up. “This one is from an album that you hated,” Lemmy announced to his dumbfounded audience, reviving Another Perfect Day with 'Dancing On Your Grave' and 'I Got Mine'. A truly remarkable night.

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Metallica Tops Aftonbladet's Best Summer Gigs List

Voted by the readers of the Swedish Magazine Aftonbladet's, Metallica was named the best gig this summer. Other bands who made the list include Ozzy Osbourne, In Flames, Heaven and Hell and Motorhead.

1. Metallica 28%
2. Rolling Stones 8.2%
3. Ozzy Osbourne 6.9%
4. In Flames 6.0%
5. Aerosmith 5.6%
6. The Ark 5.4%
7. Per Gessle 4.3%
8. Heaven & Hell 3.9%
9. Justin Timberlake 3.1%
10. The Hives 3.0%

The rest of the list can be found here.

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Artists Pay Tribute To Max Cavalera

Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).

Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):

"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."


"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"

Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):

"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"


"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"

L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):

"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."

David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):

"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"

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Classic British Metal Documentary Posted Online

In 1989, BBC2 television aired a five-part music genre documentary series in the UK called “Arena.” One of the episodes, “Heavy Metal,” featured live footage from Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Napalm Death, Motörhead, Slayer and others.

The production features no narration, instead relying on interview commentary and concert clips to place the viewer in the heart of the metal scene and elliptically tell the story of the genre.

Various scenes specifically delve into metal culture: a club full of kids, but no bands, mosh around a dancefloor to music broadcast on a PA; and a kid who couldn’t be more than 10 shreds out solos with more agility than most thrash metal veterans.

There are also straight-out humorous moments, like when an interviewer asks W. Axl Rose, “Do you have anything in common with Iron Maiden, and he replies without a pause, “I hope not.”

You can watch this metal portion of the feature on Google Videos.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Motorhead To Tour Australia With Rose Tattoo

According to Undercover News, MOTÖRHEAD will return to Australia for a headline tour, playing all major cities with Oz-rock legends ROSE TATTOO in support. The tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 03 - Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 05 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Oct. 06 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Oct. 07 - Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia
Oct. 10 - The Forum, Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 11 - The Forum, Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 13 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
Oct. 16 - Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia
Oct. 20 - TSB Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand

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Headline News

Girlschool Guitarist Passes Away

MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following update:

"It is with extreme sadness to inform you that Kelly Johnson, original lead guitarist of GIRLSCHOOL, passed away on Sunday night, 15th July. She has been suffering from spinal cancer for the last six years.

"Joining GIRLSCHOOL in 1978, Kelly was a face in the classic line-up alongside Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals), Enid Williams (bass, vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, 'Demolition' (1980), and continuing with the follow-ups 'Hit 'n' Run' (1981) and 'Screaming Blue Murder' (1982). Kelly's participation also saw GIRLSCHOOL collaborating with MOTÖRHEAD under the name HEADGIRL for the 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre' EP. Both bands appeared on the lead track 'Please Don't Touch' and covered each other's songs, GIRLSCHOOL choosing 'Bomber' and MOTÖRHEAD picking 'Emergency'.

"Watch the 'Please Don't Touch' (MOTÖRHEAD and GIRLSCHOOL) video at YouTube.

"Kelly originally left GIRLSCHOOL in 1984 after recording the band's fourth album, 'Play Dirty', to live in Los Angeles for the next ten years. She rejoined in 1993 and moved back to the U.K. In 2000, she decided to quit the music business for good after recording her final album with GIRLSCHOOL, 'Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary' (2001), though always remained a close friend to the band.

"Kelly Johnson (RIP) will be missed heavy-heartedly by all. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends." More...

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New Motorhead Live Album Available For Streaming

"Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith", a double live CD recorded at MOTÖRHEAD's 30th-anniversary show on June 16, 2005 at London's Hammersmith Appollo/Odeon, is available for streaming in its entirety. Due on July 16 via SPV, the set will be released in digipak form and is available for pre-order from www.play.com.

Here is the "Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith" track listing: More...

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Dave Mustaine And Lemmy Interviewed For Spanish TV

MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister were interviewed for the Spanish TV program "Caiga Quien Caiga" (CQC) during this year's Monsters Of Rock festival, which took place June 22-23, 2007 in Zaragoza, Spain. Watch the seven-minute report at YouTube (Note: Mustaine's interview begins around the 3:20 mark and Lemmy's around 5:20)

In addition to MEGADETH and MOTÖRHEAD, this year's Monsters Of Rock festival included performances by OZZY OSBOURNE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SLAYER, DREAM THEATER and BLIND GUARDIAN, among others. More...

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Watch Motorhead Perform "Stay Clean" From Spain

Some fan-filmed video footage of MOTÖRHEAD performing "Stay Clean" on June 23, 2007 at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Zaragoza, Spain has been posted on YouTube. More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Lists His Top Five Rock Bands

Don Kaye from Launch Radio Networks has posted this report:

Ozzy Osbourne has listed his five favorite Hard Rock bands for Spinner.com. The list includes LED ZEPPELIN, MOTÖRHEAD, NIRVANA, GREEN DAY and, of course, his own group, BLACK SABBATH.

Osbourne said about his Number One choice, LED ZEPPELIN, "I can remember walking through Birmingham with Geezer Butler, the bass player from SABBATH, and he knew (ZEP singer) Robert Plant. Plant was walking through the subway and I'd heard his voice. And Geezer says to him, 'What are you up to?' Plant says, 'Well, they asked me to join a band called the New Yardbirds (which became ZEPPELIN).' And that was it... The first two albums had such an impact on my voice, and on my life, similar to the BEATLES when I first heard them."

About BLACK SABBATH, Osbourne said, "One of the things with SABBATH: We had full control over what we were doing and how we wanted it laid out. People would come in the studio and give us a suggestion and we'd go, 'Would you f***ing get out of here right now?' We had full artistic control."

On NIRVANA: "Apparently, I met (late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain), 'cause I was talking to Dave Grohl and he said, 'You probably don't remember this, but when you were in Devonshire Studios in the (San Fernando) Valley, me and Kurt were in the room where they had a pool table. When you walked in we were like, 'F***ing hell'.'"

Osbourne called GREEN DAY's "American Idiot" album "f***ing brilliant."

Osbourne's new album, "Black Rain", debuted at number three on the Billboard album chart last month. The CD's first single, "I Don't Wanna Stop", is currently Number One at Rock radio.

The singer will headline this summer's free Ozzfest, which begins on July 12 in Seattle.

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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:

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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