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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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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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Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Anthrax

Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."

Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."

Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."

Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...

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Motorhead Announce Massive UK Tour End of '05

Motorhead have announced a massive series of UK shows for the end of the year. The dates are as follows:

October 30 - Bristol Colston Hall
October 31 - Ipswich Regent Theatre
November 1 - Nottingham Rock City
November 3 - Cardiff University
November 4 - Sheffield City Hall
November 5 - Manchester Carling Apollo
November 7 - Glasgow Carling Academy
November 8 - Liverpool Academy
November 10 - Birmingham Carling Academy
November 11 - Newcastle City Hall
November 12 - Bradford St. George's Hall
November 14 - Leicester De Mont fort Hall
November 15 - Oxford New Theatre
November 16 - Norwich UEA
November 16 - Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
November 19 - London Brixton Carling Academy
November 20 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
November 22 - Plymouth Pavilions
November 23 - Southampton Guildhall

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Ignitor Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

The 2005 edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest is to be held on Saturday, May 28th at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is Ignitor.

Acts confirmed for the festival now include: Danzig, Ignitor, Jag Panzer, Lupara, Motorhead, MSG, Shadowkeep, Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), Warcry.

More acts will be announced soon.

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3 Inches Of Blood To Play Canadian Motorhead Shows

3 Inches of Blood have been confirmed to open on the Canadian dates of the upcoming Motorhead tour with Corrosion of Conformity and Zeke. Tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr. 15 Prince George, BC Prince George Multiplex
Apr. 17 Calgary, AB The Whiskey
Apr. 18 Edmonton, AB Red's
Apr. 19 Banff, AB Wild Bills
Apr. 21 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Apr. 22 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre

3 Inches of Blood will embark on the European Road Rage tour this spring with Trivium and Still Remains. Confirmed dates: More...

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More Download Fest Confirmations Announced

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.

There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.

These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.

Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

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Motorhead Announce More Tour Dates

Motorhead has announced more tour dates to their 30th Anniversary tour with Corrosion of Conformity & Zeke. The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Mar. 09 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 11 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Mar. 12 New York, NY B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Mar. 13 Binghampton, NY Magic City Music Hall
Mar. 15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Mar. 16 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Mar. 18 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Mar. 19 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Mar. 20 Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom
Mar. 21 CHicago, IL House of Blues
Mar. 23 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Mar. 25 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Mar. 26 Kearney, NE Expo Centre
Mar. 27 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mar. 29 Albuquerque, NM Showcase Theatre
Apr. 01 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Apr. 02 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Apr. 03 Los Angeles, CA Wrestlemania
Apr. 05 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Apr. 06 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
Apr. 08 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Apr. 09 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Apr. 10 Seattle, WA The Showbox
Apr. 12 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Apr. 14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr. 15 Prince George, BC Prince George Multiplex
Apr. 17 Calgary, AB The Whiskey
Apr. 18 Edmonton, AB Red's
Apr. 19 Banff, AB Wild Bills
Apr. 21 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Apr. 22 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr. 23 Thunder Bay, ON Warp 9
Apr. 25 Toronto, ON The Docks
Apr. 26 Kingston, ON Stages
Apr. 28 Ottawa, ON Capitol Music Hall
Apr. 29/05 Quebec City, PQ Capitol Theatre
Apr. 30 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
May 02 Halifax, NS Halifax Civic Centre
May 03 St. John, NB Lord Beaverbrook Rink
May 28 Mexico Monterrey Metal Fest

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New Brand New Sin Album In May, Tour w/ Motorhead

The highly anticipated new Brand New Sin full-length album "Recipe For Disaster" is now set for a May 31st release and will be preceded by a series of performances alongside rock legends Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity, kicking off March 9 in Sayerville, N.J. In conjunction with the tour, the band will release a low-priced four-track EP titled "Black And Blue," which will be available starting in March at select independent retailers.

The title track, "Black And Blue,” will serve as the first single from "Recipe For Disaster"; the other three songs will be exclusive to the EP. The group recently shot a video for “Black And Blue” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed); click here to check out stills from the shoot. Brand New Sin are currently wrapping up a two-week tour of the Southeast and were recently added to a slew of new Motorhead shows, along with two special gigs with Life of Agony late next month.

The Southern-influenced hard rock quintet first burst upon the scene in 2002 with their groundbreaking self-titled debut, which garnered acclaim from such mainstream outlets as Billboard and Guitar One. The group went on to earn a devoted legion of fans through relentless touring with a wide array of artists, from Black Label Society and Slayer to Breaking Benjamin and Saliva. It's the stunning blend of Altier's captivating roar and melodic overtones mixed with the band's gritty, rock-solid rhythm section, stunning dual guitar solos and pummeling hooks that helps this group stand out from the pack and appeal to a diverse audience.

Just when you thought you've heard it all, Brand New Sin returns with an aggressive, blue-collar American hard rock album sure to create a buzz that will transcend genres.

Click here to hear the full-length version of “Black And Blue.”

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DVD Examines Motorhead Classic

Motorhead's notorious Ace of Spades will be the subject of an upcoming documentary.

The British metal act will be the focus of Eagle Entertainment's latest installment of its Classic Album DVD series. "Ace of Spades: Classic Album" is set for a March 22 release.

"Ace of Spades: Classic Album" features the 1980 lineup that recorded Ace of Spades talking about the recording process. In addition to appearances by band members Lemmy, Phil Taylor and Eddie Clark, the DVD talks with members of Metallica and Hawkwind.

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Zeke To Support Motorhead and COC On Tour

ZEKE have announced a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, 'Til the Livin' End. ZEKE will team up with MOTORHEAD and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY for a string of dates that kick off on March 9th in Sayerville, NJ. The tour is expected to conclude on April 11th in Spokane, WA with additional dates pending.

On the topic of touring alongside MOTORHEAD, ZEKE guitarist / frontman Blind Marky Felchtone commented, "It's about f**king time!".

Here is the complete listing of ZEKE tour dates: More...

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Jag Panzer Added To Monterrey Metal Fest

Legendary American power metal band Jag Panzer and the new up and coming American death metal band Lupara have been confirmed as the latest acts to take part in 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.

Jag Panzer will be playing their 1st ever show in Mexico. They will make the trip south of the border in support of their latest cd "Casting The Stones" released via Century Media in October 2004.

Lupara is the new band fronted by guitarist Jeremy Wagner (Ex-Broken Hope) who will be releasing their new 3 song self titled EP in March 2005.

The festival line-up to date is the following, with more bands to be announced in the coming days: More...

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Girlschool Confirmed For Motorhead 30th Anniv Show

Girlschool have been confirmed for the bill at Motorhead's 30th anniversary show. This happens at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on June 16.

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Danzig Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

DANZIG has been confirmed as the co-headliner alongside MOTORHEAD on the Main Stage of the 2005 MONTERREY METAL FEST to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. NEIL TURBIN (original ANTHRAX vocalist) is the confirmed headliner on the 2nd Stage.

The remaining festival line-up will be confirmed next week. You can visit the official festival website here

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Black Sabbath Voted Best British Rock Album

Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath have topped a list of the 100 best British rock albums of all time.

Follow-up album "Paranoid" was fifth in the poll voted by readers of Kerrang! magazine.

Ozzy appears in the list six times, more than any other artist. The Brummie rocker features four times with Black Sabbath and twice as a solo artist.

He said that Black Sabbath making the number one spot was a triumph for British rock.

"Back then you'd hear, 'if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair'. And we were like, 'what the f*** are they on about?' We lived in Aston, Birmingham, in drizzly rain. The only flowers I ever saw were on a gravestone in our local cemetery," The Sun quoted Ozzy as saying.

Kerrang's Top 100 features a mix of heavy metal, punk and glam rock.

The Top 25 rock songs: More...

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Velvet Revolver, Motorhead Honored At Grammies

VELVET REVOLVER and MOTÖRHEAD won prizes in early ceremonies at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 13). VELVET REVOLVER were honored with a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock Performance category (for "Slither"), where they beat out the likes of INCUBUS ("Megalomaniac"), METALLICA ("Some Kind of Monster"), NICKELBACK ("Feelin' Way Too Damn Good") and SLIPKNOT ("Duality"), Meanwhile, MOTÖRHEAD picked up a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of METALLICA's "Whiplash", shutting out CRADLE OF FILTH ("Nymphetamine"), HATEBREED ("Live For This"), KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ("The End of Heartache") and SLIPKNOT ("Vermilion").

As previously reported, Led Zeppelin was also awarded the lifetime acheivement award.

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Motorhead Frontman Working On Solo Album

Motorhead's legendary frontman, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, reports he's working on a solo album titled "Lemmy & Friends," featuring collaborations with members of Metallica, Dave Grohl, Reverend Horton Heat and the Damned. "I've got seven tracks already done," declares Lemmy.

The veteran heavy metal rocker will pause long enough to find out Sunday night whether Motorhead has won the Grammy for best metal performance for "Whiplash," a Metallica tune they covered on the album "Metallic Attack: A Tribute to Metallica."

For his upcoming "Lemmy & Friends" album, Lemmy says he'd also like "to get Jeff Beck, and I want to get Janet Jackson to do this great lost single called 'Black Cat."'

Motorhead is celebrating its 30th year in the business, and the group plans to head out on a stateside tour March 15. Lemmy says he's still loving being on the road after three decades - "I spend more time there than I do in my apartment."

But the outspoken Brit declares that the heightened security at concert venues is "killing rock 'n' roll. I can't believe all this running everything like a %$*%& military operation! It's no fun. You have to have 18 different-color passes ... you can go here but not go there. I say just let everybody in, and if we don't like them, we'll throw them out! It's insane."

The venue for the group's Los Angeles appearance hasn't been firmed up yet, but he says, "It looks like the Universal Amphitheatre, though I'd rather play the House of Blues if we can get it. They have great sound in there, whereas Universal doesn't, and I hate the staff there, too. ... Wow, there's a bunch of security-minded $%*# goons. There's no smoking, you can't take a drink in there. Is this a rock 'n' roll show or a $%&* Boy Scout picnic?"

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MSNBC: Darkthrone A Better Grammy Choice?

CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."

Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.

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Motorhead And COC Announce Tour Dates

The lads in Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity have announced dates for their upcoming tour.

The bands current set of dates takes both bands into April. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. This will be Motorhead's first U.S. tour since being forced to cancel last year's tour due to Motorhead frontman Lemmy's foot injury.

Motorhead will be touring in support of last year's release "Inferno." Corrosion of Conformity will be touring in support of their upcoming April release "In the Arms of God."

Tour dates: More...

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Motorhead To Play 30th Anniversary Gig

Motorhead are to play a special 30th annversary show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on June 16.

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1:

01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"

Disc 2: More...

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