Soon after we posted a piece pondering the future of festivals once the heritage rock and metal bands of the past 40 years retire, the still mighty Black Sabbath announced that they would be headlining an all-star cast including Faith No More, Motörhead and Soundgarden. Headlining the fourth stage, however, is a somewhat younger band: Rise To Remain.
That excellent play on words aside, THIS IS ÖUTRAGEÖUS. Motörhead’s quite delicious Australian Shiraz will not be sold in Iceland because the band is synonymous with being a bit naughty. The fear is that the sale of Lemmy & co’s fruity number could result in leading our North Atlantic friends into a life of angry, speed-fuelled debauchery. Cripes.
The Leveson Inquiry has thrown up a situation where a kiss and tell story about Motörhead singer Lemmy is an actual real life thing. Lemmy kissed a girl, his phone was hacked by some dickhead daily rag hack and said girl told.
Brilliantly, Lemmy’s lawyer said it was “perfectly fine” to run the story because Lemmy’s reputation wouldn’t be damaged. Well, durrr. It was a stripper, right? RIGHT?? Get in, Lem!
After Motörhead cancelled their gig in Bristol on Tuesday due to Lemmy hurting his left hand we were a bit worried about Saturday’s gig in London but they said they’d be ok to play Norwich on Friday. They cancelled Norwich so we just waited. After what seemed like hours, Motörhead confirmed the show would go on. We were already there.
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.
All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.
A couple of weeks ago, you might’ve heard that cover of Lemmy singing a cover of ‘Stand By Me’ with Dave Lombardo on drum duties. For the first ever Motorhead/Slayer collaboration, it was a bit of WTF-moment to be honest. So we tracked down Baron, the producer somewhat responsible, to get some answers. That’s him up there on the right.
A new year, a new Motörhead album: it’s almost as if Lemmy is trying to make the most of the five or so years left to him on the live circuit before an inevitable retirement made up of the occasional charity gig and magazine awards ceremonies.
Refreshingly, Motörizer is no better or worse than Inferno, Hammered, We Are Motörhead or any other recent Motörhead album released over the last decade.
Motörhead are to release their 24th album, Motörizer on 1 September 2008 through SPV.
There are 11 tracks (see below for tracklisting) and both drummer Mikkey Dee and legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister have been gushing about it saying it’s “kick-ass” and “another great album” respectively.
Lemmy also reckons we should each buy three copies. One for the car, one for the living room and… one for the bedroom?
Motörhead will be heading out on a 15-date tour with the mighty Saxon and Danko Jones this November. If you bring ear plugs remember: If it’s too loud, you’re too old and Motörhead have been going for 33 years. Learn from them!
Motörhead – Motörizer tracklisting
‘Teach You How To Sing The Blues’
‘When The Eagle Screams’
‘One Short Life’
‘Back On The Chain’
‘Time Is Right’
‘The Thousand Names Of God’
Watch Motörhead at Download 2005 and ‘Ace Of Spades’
After releasing a best-selling tome on Metallica in 2004, Joel McIver (pictured) seems to have given Slayer the same treatment this year. Joe Shooman chats to the metal guru about what he’s seen along the way.
First time you discovered the band (as a fan and as a journalist)?
I didn’t actually pick up on Slayer until South Of Heaven in 1988, but then quickly went back to their previous stuff and acquainted myself. I’d heard so much about Reign In Blood that when I finally got to hear it, it felt like a major occurrence in my life – a door that I was about to walk through that couldn’t be closed again!