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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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Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with metal icons, including Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bruce Dickison, Lemmy Kilmister, and many more.
"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" two-disc set will be released by Warner Home Video on May 23, 2006 for $24.98 just in time for metal's most popular music festivals such as Ozzfest, Gigantour and Sounds Of Underground kick off. Order due date is April 18, 2006.
Sam Dunn, a thirty-year-old anthropologist, has been fascinated by the culture of heavy metal since he was twelve years old. In an effort to study its origin and cultural impact, he sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metal's obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the U.K., Germany, Norway, Canada and the U.S., this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
"Heavy metal music has an enormous worldwide following that many people are unaware of because it has been overshadowed by images of violence and mosh pits," said Tehya Kopp, WHV Senior Director, Special Interest Marketing. "This documentary digs into the stereotypes and misconceptions about the artists' motivations behind the lyrics and harsh sound and explores the real side of metal in a way that appeals to metal and non-metal fans alike. It's an eye-opening documentary that is both informative and enjoyable to all audiences."
"Metal: A Headbanger's History" contains over 87 minutes of special features including:
* 16 extended interviews with metal rock icons!
* 20-minute mini-documentary on Norwegian black metal
* Footage with Lemmy from MOTORHEAD at the Rainbow
* Director's commentary.
* Travel outtakes
* An awesome interactive metal history family tree, created specifically for the DVD.
You can watch the trailer, find more information about the release and read the directors' blog at metalhistory.com.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting the styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music.
Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn - curious anthropologist and rabid fan - collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sexuality, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it appears.
The film stars Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geddy Lee (Rush), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and others.
The film is written and directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and is distributed by Seville Pictures.
The film opened in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City yesterday (Feb. 24) and will open in the U.S., UK, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Belgium in early March.
For more information, visit www.metalhistory.com.
Motörhead have just been confirmed to play a gigantic concert featuring the Foo Fighters on June 17th, 2006 at Hyde Park in London, England. No other than Dave Grohl himself asked his pal Lemmy to join in and Motörhead agreed immediately. The line up is the following:
Queens Of The Stone Age
Furthermore these shows are confirmed already:
Mar. 07 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 09 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 10 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 11 Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues
Motörhead will be playing some summer festivals in Europe between June 1st, 2006 and August 15th. A US Tour will follow September / November this year and Motörhead will start a headlining European tour after that. More news TBA.
Motörhead are currently in the studios working on their new album.
VALUME NOB, the Louisiana based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, are in talks with England's Demolition Records about the release of their already-completed full-length debut, entitled "Residue and Bones". If all goes well, the album could be released as early as March. The upcoming CD will include a track entitled "The 8 of Spades" dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. To listen to the song, click here.
"Residue and Bones" was recorded at American studios in Los Angeles with engineer Warren Riker (DOWN, CROWBAR).
VALUME NOB released an extended version of their previously recorded "The Most High" EP in October 2004 through Crash Music Inc. The CD contains the four songs from the original recording as well as two "live" bonus tracks and a 30-minute DVD interview with the band.
Motörhead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about how fans have gone to extremes to show their devote to the band, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary with shows in Australia alongside Mötley Crue. "One guy in Germany had the Motörhead logo tattooed down the whole of his back," he said. "They have 'em tattooed on their calves and on the side of their heads. I mean, that would have hurt! But people fall in love to Motörhead too. A couple in Germany called their daughter Lemmy because they met at one of our shows. We get a lot of young kids at our shows because we keep coming up with new records. We're not some dinosaur act. We're still huge in places where rock'n'roll still matters."
Read the full article at Time Off.
Legendary Lemmie and the rest of the Motorhead gang will be hitting Australian turf very soon for single shows as special guests to Motely Crue.
Single shows are in the eastern states and in the west as part of the BlackJack festival with fellow rockers Motely Crue, The living End, The Casanovas and Fireball. Dates are:
03/12/05 Sydney Superdome W/ Motley Crue
04/12/05 Brisbane Entertainment Centre W/ Motley Crue
06/12/05 Melbourne Vodafone Arena W/ Motley Crue
07/12/05 Melbourne Palais W/ Motley Crue
08/12/05 Adelaide Entertainment Centre W/ Motley Crue
10/12/05 BLACK JACK – Claremont Showgrounds W/ Motley Crue
Motorhead frontman, Lemmy, has used an anti-drugs platform at the Welsh assembly to call for the legalisation of heroin.
He took time off from Motörhead's 30th anniversary tour to share a platform with Conservative AM William Graham on the fatal dangers of the drug.
But he said making heroin legal would allow it to be taxed and regulated and keep users away from drug dealers.
Mr Graham said Lemmy presented "alternative" views to his own, but the message was firmly against drugs.
The AM told the briefing in Cardiff Bay that that young people would listen to Lemmy more than any committee. More...
Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilminster is joining forces with a conservative British politician to preach the dangers of drugs.
The heavy-metal wild man is working with William Graham of the conservative Tory party to tell head-bangers to just say no. The collaboration comes after Graham heard Lemmy preach his hatred of heroin in a documentary about his band.
Graham, knowing the power of a rock icon, hopes the anti-drug message carries more weight when delivered from a rock icon
In Flames has posted this message on their official website:
"Greetings People Of Earth....... We come with news.....
"First we would like to let all you people in the UK know that we will be doing the Motorhead tour without Daniel.
The reason for this is that he is becoming a father for the second time!
"We asked an old friend of ours, Tobbe Kellgren, to handle the drums for the tour and he gladly accepted.
"Daniel will be back on the next tour again.
"Furthermore - we had a listeningparty for our new album COME CLARITY with mediapeople and guests at the Storan Theater here in Gothenburg. For this special occasion we made a "rehearsal video" for the whole album that we showed to our guests.
Directing it was once again Patric Ullaeus! Patric and Anders worked really hard to get it done in time for the viewing and when the rest of us saw it it blew us away! Hopefully this is something that also YOU will be able to enjoy in the future - we?ll see..
"The release date for Come Clarity is approaching fast and we have some touringplans to announce:
"We will start a US tour in the end of January that will be running until the end of February. After that we are touring Europe from early March until April sometime. We will let you know as soon as we have some details (dates, support, etc.). On this Eurotrip we will try to do at least 5-7 shows in the UK - hopefully even getting to Ireland for the first time!
"And finally - we will shoot a video for the song "Take This Life" during this week. Patric Ullaeus will be directing and we will let you guys know more details as they unfold..
"Thats it for now - but we will return with more updates soon.
"In Flames signing out..."
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Rocker Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has vowed never to reveal his identity to the secret child he gave away.
The Motorhead frontman has two sons, 38-year-old music producer, Paul, and another who was put up for adoption as a baby.
And Lemmy insists the man is better off without knowing the true identity of his father.
Lemmy says, "He's a computer programmer. His mother went and found him. She's a social worker and wears these diaphanous paisley smocks.
"She said he put his head in his hands when she told him she was his mother so she hadn't the heart to tell him who his father was.
"I figure if I go and meet him for the sake of my curiosity, it might ruin his life. It's better for everyone if I don't.
"I never met him so I don't miss him."
In Flames have posted the following on their website reguarding their new record deal with Ferret Records and an upcoming tour with Motorhead:
"Hello folks, it´s been a while since we checked in. Home safe after the Ozzfest adventure we had a couple of weeks off. A lot of exciting things happened in the IN FLAMES camp.
Finally we signed a new deal in the US. It was Ferret Records that got the honour, and we can´t wait for the new disc to hit the stores, and for us to start a new trek around the world to meet all of you wonderful people again. It will be so awesome to finally play some of the new trax live on stage.
Right now we are preparing for the UK Motorhead
Yes, we´re looking forward to a month filled with Stout, Singlemalt and loads of Metal ! Hope to see you there."
Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter conducted a brief interview last week with MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister ahead of the group's two-show stint in the country as part of their ongoing 30th-anniversary tour. An excerpt from the chat follows (translated from Swedish):
Q: Theres' always stories about you in magazines and on the Internet. Do you follow that kind of stuff?
Lemmy: "I don't have a computer, so I can't follow the Internet much."
Q: Does it bother you when people tell stories about you that are not true?
Lemmy: "Yes, when I find out about it. Like that guy who made up a story that I'm supposed to be bisexual. I called him up and told him that he's writing stuff that is not true. 'Yeah, so what?' was his response. I said, 'Well, you can't collect your money if you have a screwdriver jammed through both your fucking kneecaps, can you?' He thought I had a point and wrote a retraction."
Q: How did you find out?
Lemmy: "Somebody told me. Somebody always brings me bad news. I think it's a fucking shame that someone would make things up to get a sensational headline. If it happened to someone unlike myself, who can hit back, that person's life could be destroyed. It's fucking disgraceful to use the power of the Internet for crap like this. It's a great tool for communication and people use it to spread child pornography and insults. Totally fucking brilliant."
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
/ In Flames"
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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.
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
End of the Rope
The show is all-ages.
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.
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.