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Motorhead's Frontman Refuses To Turn It Down

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MOTÖRHEAD mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has told Times Online that he would resist any attempt to force him to turn down the music as part of Scotland's new control of noise at work regulations, introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a Brussels (European Union) directive.

"The essence of rock 'n' roll is loud music," he said. "How the hell can we be expected to enjoy ourselves if we’ve got to turn it down?"

The rules cap weekly average noise exposure at 85 decibels, meaning periods of loud play need to be cancelled out by quiet periods. The idea is not to protect audiences at concerts but performers and other staff.

The new directive also affects rock and classical musicians. Classical orchestras are considering whether they may have to hold quiet rehearsals for music by composers such as Wagner or Verdi to offset the loudness of their concerts.

The loudest rock bands have included THE WHO, who in 1976 reached 126 decibels. They were beaten last year, however, by the Watford punk band GALLOWS, who hit 132.5 decibels.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Kalis_wrath writes:

You know people of the Scottish HSE, they have these wonderful inventions called "ear plugs" and "ear muffs" that make it so that the individual can protect their ears if they wish. If someone wants to f*** up their ears let them. Oh... wait, you are arrogant a$$holes who think that you need to stick your nose where it does not belong!

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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

fuk'em. keep it loud!!!!!!!!

# Apr 20, 2008 @ 7:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

I hate this Health and Safety bullsh** so much.

# Apr 20, 2008 @ 7:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. in2thepit writes:

It's as plain and simple as this if you don't like our type of music than don't listen 2 it. We play it loud and we play it proud and no one has the right to take that away from us. I give a BIG f*** U 2 CENSORSHIP and i think everyone here can agree with me on this one

# Apr 20, 2008 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Dime Forever writes:

Lemmy will put a boot up their asses! If it's too loud, get the f*** out!!!!

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6. BLACKDOG writes:

This is why people learn to dislike authority figures.

# Apr 20, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

Its a slap in the face really. They are basicly saying "we dont think you can take care of yourself, so we are going to force what we think is best for you and everyone else."

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