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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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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

2nd Stage More...

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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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Brand New Sin Announce New Tour Dates

The Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin will head out on a string of Northeastern dates with ‘80s legends Faster Pussycat from April 19th to April 24th, leading into two shows alongside Grammy Award-winning rock icons Motorhead. The group recently wrapped up highly successful strings of dates alongside Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity and Life of Agony in support of their highly anticipated new full-length album "Recipe For Disaster," now set for a May 31st release.

Brand New Sin recently shot a video for the track “Black And Blue” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed).

Joe Altier (vocals) checks in with the following tour report:

We are home safe and sound, trying to stop the ringing in our ears and most importantly giving our livers a rest. The Motorhead tour was everything we expected and more. We wanna thank Motorhead, C.O.C, Zeke and all their crews for making it memorable and at times real fucking fuzzy. We also thank all the old diehard sinners for showing their faces again and for not forgetting us and we welcome all the new converts and look forward to seeing you all again real soon. A big thanks also goes out to our brothers in Life Of Agony for hooking us up with a few shows on our way home, and of course we must give a shout out to our fans in Flint and Detroit.

We have a string of dates coming up on the East Coast from April 19th to the 24th and then join back up with the Motorhead tour on May 4th and 5th. Look for our new video for ‘Black And Blue’ to make its Headbangers Ball and Uranium debuts next month and we will be announcing our summer plans real soon. Don't forget our new full-length album, Recipe For Disaster, will drop on May 30th for everyone across the pond in Europe and May 31st for all you here in the U.S. In the meantime, you can check out our Black And Blue EP, featuring the title track (our first single) along with three exclusive new cuts. This is available through our website and at all of our live shows. If you see me sitting in a random bar in Syracuse, hit me up because I will have a few of them in my back pocket. See all of you real soon.

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.”

Brand New Sin with Faster Pussycat tour dates:

Apr. 19 House Of Rock - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 20 Dragonfly - Harrison PA
Apr. 21 Staircase - Pittston PA
Apr. 22 Continental - New York NY
Apr. 23 Dingbatz - Jersey City NJ
Apr. 24 Crazy Donkey - Long Island NY

Brand New Sin with Motorhead tour dates:

May 04 Hampton Beach Casino - Hampton Beach NH
May 05 BB King's - New York NY

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Motley Crue and Motorhead To Tour Australia

Motley Crue and Motorhead are expected to tour Australia together at the end of the year. The dates run from December 3-10. More details when they surface.

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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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