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From: London, United Kingdom
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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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Motorhead was forced to shorten the set at the legendary Wacken Festival over the weekend due to bassist/vocalist Lemmy Killmiester's ongoing health issues. The festival commented on the situation. A three song excerpt of the performance has surfaced and can be seen below.
Motorhead played a shortened set at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, and front man Lemmy has recently been going through health issues that caused the cancellation of several shows.
Now the organizers of the Wacken festival have issued the following statement about the performance:
"Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show.
"He's keeping well - but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality.
"We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey, and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"
Motorhead recently cancelled festival appearances due to the health issues of front man Lemmy Kilmister.
Now Motorhead's Phil Campbell has checked in with the following brief update about the situation and the band releasing a new album:
"Hey everyone out there. Better prepare yourselves big time, cause our mind blowing new record 'Afterschock' will be coming out! Lemmy is on the mend and we are gonna be touring our asses off! Business as usual real soon!"
Further details on upcoming new album "Aftershock" will be announced as they are made available.
After issuing an update on Lemmy Kilmister's health that indicated Motorhead would still be performing live this Summer, the band has now checked in with this statement about canceling upcoming shows:
"Regretfully, Motörhead announces it has had to cancel its remaining six summer festival appearances. The band hate to let their fans down by missing any shows, but they expect to be back in full force this Fall.
"As you may have heard, earlier this Spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good, He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual. He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest.
"Lemmy says: 'I'd like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody's ass.'
"There you have it! You can now stop worrying, redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more), keep calm and carry on! Lemmy and Motörhead certainly are! Thanks and see you in the Fall for their new album in the form of a massive Aftershock..."
Motorhead recently canceled live shows due to Lemmy Kilmister experiencing a health issue.
According to Lemmy's official Facebook profile, the iconic front man is fine and tour dates will resume later this summer, with the following message being posted online:
"We are happy to announce that despite rumors to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, fucking, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly.
"As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that.
"Lemmy & Co believe in the 'keep calm and carry on' way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motörhead live action this summer, as well as the most exciting Motörhead in years, Aftershock, this Fall." More...
Motorhead recently updated the band's official website with this announcement about canceling an upcoming live show:
"We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan, Jun 25th. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible."
However, according to the See-Rock Festival Facebook page, this cancellation is due to serious health issues with vocalist Lemmy. The post (translated from Italian) reads as follows:
There are very sorry to announce that the Motörhead have their appearance at the Lake Rock Festival tomorrow Saturday to cancel!
Mastermind Lemmy Kilmister can not perceive his appearance! Due to acute hematoma which cause great pain and therefore him his doctor then fly has granted.More...
Huntress is back with the follow-up to debut album "Spell Eater," which was released in 2012. The new album entitled "Starbound Beast" will be released on June 28th in Europe and on July 2nd in North America via Napalm Records.
The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). The artwork for Starbound Beast was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).
Today Huntress has unveiled the first song from "Starbound Beast." The track entitled "I Want to Fuck You to Death" was co-written for singer Jill Janus by legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Check it out at the band's Facebook page.
Frontwoman Jill Janus spoke about the collaboration: "I met Lemmy through my former band Chelsea Girls. We'd play hard rock and metal covers featuring guest celebrities. Lemmy was already friends with the girls, so he played "Ace of Spades" with us and it blew my mind. We stayed in touch and would meet up at The Rainbow for drinks. So I asked him a few months back over Jack & Cokes if he'd write lyrics for a Huntress song and he said 'Sure'. A few weeks later, I met him at the studio during Motorhead recording sessions. Lemmy handed me two two pieces of notebook paper with the lyrics for 'I Want to Fuck You to Death'. I am beyond honored. To me, this is a love song. It is the most romantic song I've ever heard." More...
Mumbai, India based death/doom act Dormant Inferno has released a new cover online of Motorhead's "The Game."
Check out the track in the player below, or hear more from the band over at Facebook here.
The organizers of the Download festival have announced a further six additions to next year's edition of the event, which will be headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The new names include legends such as Motorhead and Alice In Chains, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem and Finnish outfit, H.I.M.
The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th-16th and will be the eleventh year of the festival. The lineup is presently as follows:
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Vancouver's Nihilate recently completed a cover of the Motohread track "Ace Of Spades." The song was mixed by producer/engineer/manager Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Gene Hoglan, Meldrum, West of Hell).
Nihilate's version of "Ace Of Spades" features guitarist Cam Kroetsch (Savannah, The Almighty Punchdrunk). Kroetsch also handles vocal duties on the song. Check out the song in the player below.
British heavy metal icons Motorhead has announced that they will once again be embarking on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom this Autumn in support of their latest studio album, "The World Is Yours" and recent DVD release, "The World Is Ours Vol. 1." Joining them on the trek will be American thrash metal legends Anthrax, who are touring in support of their first studio album in eight years, "Worship Music," which was released last September through Nuclear Blast Records.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 5 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
November 6 - Manchester, UK - 02 Apollo
November 8 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
November 9 - Glasgow, UK - 02 Academy
November 11 - Leicester, UK - Demontford Hall
November 12 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
November 14 - Portsmouth, UK - Gulidhall
November 15 - Bournemouth, UK - Solent
November 17 - London, UK - 02 Academy Brixton
November 18 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
Jamie of Hardrockchick.com interviewed the curators of the Golden Gods' History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA. You can watch the interview below.
She also spoke with a number of artists on the black carpet about items they have featured in the GRAMMY Museum's History of Heavy Metal exhibit (or what of theirs should be in there). Interviews include: Machine Head, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Ministry, Motorhead, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Halestorm, Dethklok, Adrenaline Mob, Evanescence, and Korn.
HardRockChick's GRAMMY Museum Black Carpet Interviews:
More interviews from the black carpet are also available from Metal Injection here.
New York's own true metal band Manowar announced that the band will headline the Saturday, June 16, 2012 portion of Ost Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be held from June 15-17, 2012 at the Romexpo.
Other acts confirmed are as follows:
June 15: Motley Crue, Dimmu Borgir, Overkill
June 16: Europe, Manowar
June 17: Megadeth, Motorhead, Lake of Tears, W.A.S.P.
The organizers of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are pleased to announce the addition of Motorhead to the 2012 line-up. This marks the first summer tour that Motorhead has taken part in for several years. The legendary metal veterans join the already stellar 2012 main stage line-up, featuring multi-platinum Iowa cult metal groundbreakers Slipknot in the headlining position, as well as legendary thrash metal kings Slayer—both returning to the festival for a second turn at pummeling fans.
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister commented, "Well, we're used to mayhem in this band, so it's kind of a family tradition! Bring it!"
Motorhead just finished up a run with Megadeth on the 2012 Gigantour. On January 24th, Motorhead Music/UDR released "The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else," an official DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s recent The Wörld is Yours tour, which also includes a special bonus double live CD of the Chile stop. Frontman Lemmy will also be part of a Ronnie James Dio tribute album which will be out later this year.
This year, in addition to Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead, the main stage will also spotlight a ferocious rotation of today’s best artists, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. The festival will make a 27 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Head here for ticketing information. More...
Fresh off their “occupy Hard Rock” stint in Vegas, Motley Crue is back in the studio recording a new song. Vegas odds that the words “Hard Rock” are included are 2 to 1. Odds that Nikki Sixx and company will rhyme “cock” with “Hard Rock” is even money… More...
American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
All Shall Perish
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...
The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
Jon Oliva's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Texas In July
Winds Of Plague
It’s hardly necessary to point out why Gigantour, the recurring metal mini-festival on wheels led by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, is such an – ahem – gigantic draw. My last time seeing the band perform was for the tour’s third incarnation in April 2008, with support from In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, and High On Fire. Round four boasts a package at once further streamlined and brawnier in industry clout, making this show a no-brainer for any heavy music fan within reasonable driving distance. With this firmly in mind, my photographer Tanya J. Kawecki and I set out for Lowell, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 29th. Our destination: UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center, named – in the words of my colorful colleague Matt Dasher – “for the guy who famously didn’t become President in 1992.” More...
The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Jon Olivia's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague