Saxon, the legendary English heavy metal band, was founded in 1976. They are one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and during the 80’s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts. The band is still going strong and they tour on a regular basis. They have released 21 studio albums including their newest, BATTERING RAM, which came out in October 2015. The band arrived Finland on 6th of December along with Motörhead and Girlschool. I then sat down with the band’s long-term guitarist Doug Scarratt in Helsinki and we discussed many different topics such as touring with Motörhead and the new Saxon album.
Edit: It should be noted that when this interview took place, we had no idea what was going to happen for Lemmy in just a few weeks… 😥
Following a petitionby fans, Food & Beverage Magazine has officially re-named the industry standard call-out drink of Jack Daniels and Coke to “The Lemmy” in honor of the late Motörhead frontman.
As all Motorhead fans know, a JD and Coke was Lemmy’s favorite drink, which he could often be seen enjoying on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
Food & Beverage Magazine publisher Michael Politz states:
“We are honored to represent the industry and bring the moniker The Lemmy to every bar in the world! Owning a rock club with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell gave me the chance to meet Lemmy and experience his legend myself.”
Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, MOTÖRHEAD is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed of the service via the Internet on MOTÖRHEAD‘s official YouTube channel.
We want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.
So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.
Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.
NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at
Flowers by Michael
Lemmy – On stage in Helsinki, Finland. December 6 2015
Condolences for Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015)
Like all Motörhead fans, many of us here feel a connection to the rebel spirit and music of Motörhead. As Lemmy himself was anything but pretentious, we won’t ramble on. Here are just a few words, thoughts, and pictures about this irreplaceable founder, vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and LEGEND.
“Motorhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motorhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many. We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone. I’m incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together.”
Former Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away yesterday (November 11th), at 61 years of age. His former bandmate “Fast” Eddie Clarke broke the sad news via his official Facebook page.
Motörhead have since taken to social media with the following tribute: “Lil’ Philthy… he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album… he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles… he who played the drums with fury and intent… he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while… friend, Roman, Derbyshireman… rest in peace… with much love.”
“Fast” Eddie Clarke’s original message: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!”
Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor played in Motörhead from 1975 to 1984, and from 1987 to 1992.
Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
Motörhead To Release Their 22nd Studio album BAD MAGIC on August 28th 2015 via UDR Music/Motörhead Music. In their 40th Anniversary Year, the band also announces 40th Anniversary European tour in the Fall with more dates internationally to follow.
Freedom to believe don’t have a price
Innocence never gets too old
You need a bolt of rock
Severe toxic shock
Electricity deep in your soul
“Electricity” – Motörhead
After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off.
Put their feet up.
Relax a little.
But that’s just it…
…this is Motörhead.
And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder And Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach‘Em How To Bleed” show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.
Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams”, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on “The Devil”, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.
Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End”, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy For The Devil”, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.
You can also expect the road to get it’s ass-kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015! Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. And Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website www.imotorhead.com as well as the following social media platforms for details.
All in all, with Bad Magic’s release now confirmed, Motörheadbangers and rock’n’roll fans worldwide can prepare themselves for the prodigal return of rock music’s greatest, meanest, dirtiest and most relentless trio…yeah, believe it: Motörhead proudly, and defiantly, remain the flag you’re proud to fly through thick and thin.
“Stagefright” by MOTÖRHEAD and “Showtime” by UFO will be released through SPV/Steamhammer for the first time on Blu-ray. Both are a “must have” for the fans!
“Stagefright” was recorded during a show at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 7, 2004. The set features 20 songs from the entire Motörhead history, including ‘Overkill’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Iron Fist’. This memorable occasion was shot with 23 high definition cameras under the direction of Sven Offen (Papa Roach, Heather Nova, Grönemeyer, Toten Hosen, among others). The late Gert Hof, famous not only for his work with Rammstein, was enlisted to take care of the show’s light design. The fans can also expect a lot of bonus material like making of, a fan special, testimonials, slide show, backstage rider and much more.
During the world tour for the album “You Are Here” UFO filmed a concert in May 2005 at the Pumpwerk Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Now “Showtime” will be released for the first time as Blu-ray incl. a fantastic acoustic session which was recorded at the Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. More bonus material, like making of and history interviews, is also included and you can see the last performances with the band of Drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and Pete Way who had to leave the band due to health reasons soon after.
Both Blu-rays will be released in Germany on November 28th 2014, in Europe on December 1st 2014 and in the USA on January 20th 2015.
There will be more Blu-ray releases in 2015 including AXEL RUDI PELL and much more. Stay tuned for more info!
The official MOTÖRHEAD website is currently running a competition inviting submissions for a live video version of “Killed By Death” from the special tour edition of the Aftershock album.
MOTÖRHEAD fans who have dreamt of making an official video for their favorite band have finally got their wish. To celebrate the Tour Edition of the Aftershock album (a double-disc set containing Aftershock and a bonus live disc from MOTÖRHEAD’s Spring US dates titled Best of the West Coast Tour) fans are invited to create a video for the live version of “Killed By Death” from the release.
Creativity is greatly encouraged (don’t be boring!), and the production can be as mighty or modest as the imagination desires. Let the thunderous riff and wry lyrics conjure your best Motörvisions, and the video that wins will be premiered on major music video stations plus websites worldwide by the band’s label UDR/MOTÖRHEAD Records. The winning director/creator will also receive some very exclusive MOTÖRHEAD prizes, as well as the satisfaction of having one of the band’s official videos under their creative belt.
Entrants must use the audio of “Killed By Death” from the new touring edition of Aftershock and entries should be uploaded to YouTube with “Killed By Death Fan Video Motörhead Contest” in the subject line. Also visit the band’s Official Facebook page and post links to your video creations there too. We will pick the very best submissions, and then the fans will vote for the winner.
All entries must be uploaded by NEXT TUESDAY, September 30th, 2014.
We look forward to seeing some great pieces of film in the coming weeks and remember, MOTÖRHEAD For Life.
The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat, featuring three of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world–Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax–will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.
Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.
Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming Swearing Words In Glasgow CD (out November 13 via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences, Scott certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.
Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film Lemmy, directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski.
In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:
Monday, September 22 — Löud and Hometown Pröud
Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.
Tuesday, September 23 — Pajamarama
“Rock on out in your jammies!” It’s the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it’s minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?
Wednesday, September 24 — Fiesta En Barco
Motörboat is going to Mexico and back. It’s siesta and fiesta day! In the morning – sleep late. We don’t get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a’plenty in the morning – info on those will come later). When we get back, it’s FIESTA all night – bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico – show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything…
Traditionally, theme nights start after dinner and go late into the night. While guests are not required to dress up, the sea’s the limit with the amount of fun one can have. Find others to join you and dress up in groups. Go stag and stand out in the crowd. Enjoy yourselves…be creative and push the envelope.
Thursday, September 25 — Go To Heaven, Raise Hell
This is our full day at sea! It’s Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It’s the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!
Undisputed rock n’ roll legends MOTÖRHEAD kicked off their first live performances since August 2013 with an electrifying bang this past weekend – performing to completely packed, sold out crowds on Friday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and on Sunday at Coachella.
MOTÖRHEAD performed 15 songs on Friday, including top tracks ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Overkill’, with Slash joining in (see below for some fantastic photos from the set). The exciting set included tracks encompassing the band’s career; including a track from the band’s new album Aftershock.
As mentioned above, not only did MOTÖRHEAD bring down the house at Club Nokia, but then turned right around to rock the sold out crowd at Coachella on Sunday! “Legendary London heavy metal band MOTÖRHEAD, with special guest Slash, got the devil horns approval of fans on Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” states Wes Woods of the Los Angeles Daily News. In a Twitter post, Billboard adds, “MOTÖRHEAD, who have already pummeled the crowd with the heaviest riffs heard all weekend, welcome Guns N’ Roses guitar god Slash to the stage for a balls to the walls rendition of “Ace of Spades.” Any marbles Coachella had left are instantly lost.”
Apparently MOTÖRHEAD out-rocked other bands, even way across the festival grounds! According to Yahoo Music, “The roaring riffs of Slash and MOTÖRHEAD axeman Phil Campbell could be heard all the way across Coachella’s vast polo field, practically bleeding over into Arcade Fire’s Main Stage revue.”
MOTÖRHEAD will continue to perform throughout April, including another Coachella performance on April 20th. Other stops include Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA.
MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella
MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.
Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon. Tickets for MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, as well as full details and cabin pricing, are on sale now at www.MotorheadCruise.com.
MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock did not only act as another stellar addition to the band’s legendary catalog, but is widely regarded as one of the best musical releases of 2013. Aftershock marked MOTÖRHEAD’s biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date. You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP).