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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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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:

Dark New Day
God Forbid
The Haunted
End of the Rope
Trigger Point

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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Dave Grohl Misses Yoga To Party With Motorhead

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl infuriated his wife Jordan by missing their daily yoga session - because he was hungover after a wild party with rock hellraisers Motorhead.

The "Best of You" singer is an unlikely fan of holistic therapies, but he allowed rock 'n' roll temptations to get the better of him at Motorhead's 30th anniversary celebration (05) with a night of heavy drinking.

He recalls, "I was totally destroyed. You try aligning your chakra after a gallon of whisky.

"But the thing is I still tried. I can do both."

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Motorhead's "Bomber" To Be Released As 2 CD Set

The following message was posted on Motorhead's official website:

Following the success of last year¹s INFERNO album ­ their most highly-acclaimed album in over a decade, ending up in many publications' End Of Year Top 20s ­ MOTORHEAD return to the UK for their THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY year with a host of unmissable showsŠincluding the return of The Bomber to Hammersmith on June 16th, with a host of special guests on the night! MOTORHEAD also recently received a GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance, beating off young pretenders to the crown such as Slipknot and Cradle of Filth..!

To commemorate the legendary 30th Anniversary show, Sanctuary have consulted with Lemmy to release the legendary 1979 Bomber album in all its glory... plus a few extra tracks!

The 2-CD BOMBER: Deluxe Edition will be released on JUNE 16TH on SANCTUARY RECORDS.

To commemorate MOTORHEAD's 30th year of relentless, ear-splintering shock and awe, Sanctuary release the band¹s explosive 1979 album, Bomber, as a 2-CD deluxe expanded edition.

Standing as a landmark within the speed-metal pantheon, the album is held in high esteem by MOTORHEAD fans and reached number 12 in the charts on its release, while the title track also landed them a Top 40 hit.

MOTORHEAD's accompanying live shows replicated the iconic front cover with the lighting rig constructed in the shape of a WWII Heinkel III bomber which Œflew¹ above the heads of the fans in venues up and down the country.

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the bomber awaits clearance to take flight once more as MOTORHEAD prepare to take to the stage on June 16th for a one-off 30th anniversary show at Hammersmith Apollo.

This remastered edition of the album includes a second disc of live versions and rare tracks, encapsulating for the first time MOTORHEAD's recordings from this period.

DISC 1: Dead Men Tell No Tales / Lawman / Sweet Revenge / Sharpshooter / Poison / Stone Dead Forever / All The Aces / Step Down / Talking Head / Bomber

DISC 2: Over The Top (B-side) / Stone Dead Forever (alternative version) / Sharpshooter (alternative version) / Bomber (alternative version) / Step Down (alternative version) / Leaving Here (live ­ Golden Years EP) / Stone Dead Forever (live ­ Golden Years EP) / Dead Men Tell No Tales (live ­ Golden Years EP) / Too Late Too Late (live ­ Golden Years EP) / Step Down (live)

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In Flames Support Motorhead On UK Tour

Motorhead will be touring the UK this fall as part of their 30th anniversary tour. In Flames has been to open for these shows. Tour dates:

Oct. 30 - Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
Oct. 31 - Ipswich, UK @ Regent Hall
Nov. 1 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Nov. 3 - Cardiff, Wales @ University
Nov. 4 - Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
Nov. 5 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
Nov. 7 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Academy
Nov. 8 - Liverpool, UK @ University
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
Nov. 12 - Bradford, UK @ St. Georges Hall
Nov. 14 - Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
Nov. 15 - Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
Nov. 16 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
Nov. 18 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
Nov. 19 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
Nov. 20 - Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Nov. 22 - Plymouth, UK @ Pavilions
Nov. 23 - Southampton, UK @ Guildhall

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Into Eternity Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Main Stage

Motorhead (Headliner)
Danzig (Co-Headliner)
Mago de Oz
Into Eternity
Metal Church

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Motorhead's Lemmy Speaks To The Edmonton Sun

Motorhead frontman, Lemmy Kilminster, recently spoke to the Edmonton Sun. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:




L: I don't think, wow, it's been 30 years. I think, wow, it's still good. We're getting more younger kids at the shows. This makes the third generation now.


L: It may introduce us to people who haven't heard us, but we had younger kids coming in before the wrestling. We played Wrestlemania in L.A. (recently).


L: Yeah, he lost again. He lost the first time, too. I said, motherf---er, you better win next time!


L: They haven't given me a copy of the new f---ing album. Typical, in'it? But they've been around almost as long as we have.


L: We're recording the beginning of next year. I ain't even thinking of it yet. We work under the knife, under the clock. That's our best way of doing it.


L: Only to disgust.


L: I do. There's many a world-weary, despairing lyric from me, dressed up as humour.


L: That's always been true. Look at what came out of Liverpool, which is a depressed city. Look what came out of Detroit. That's the secret, really, of good rock 'n' roll, when you wanna get out of the factory and get liberated for a couple of hours.


L: I dunno. Some of them can pretend real good, and some really feel for the people, but I mean, you can't play no Britney Spears to no machine-shop worker, you know what I mean?


L: It would've meant a lot more to me if it would've been for something of ours instead of a cover.


L: Yeah, but they don't televise the heavy metal part because it's like terrible and base and satanic and all that bulls----. So they only have the rappers who say you should shoot people on TV. It's really strange.

Read the full article at Canoe.

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