This weekend we have heavy metal thunder.
Lemmy Kilmister is the heart and soul of Motörhead . He's the guy who has founded, steered and staffed Motörhead from the beginning in 1975 and is still at it. Among metalheads he's a god. Even if you're not a metal fan there's something about Lemmy that's irresistible. He's a character, an old-fashioned hard-drinking, chain-smoking rocker with charm and wit. At a surprising 67 years old now (68 on Christmas Eve this year) he has unsurprising health issues and had to cancel the rest of this Summer's gigs due to illness. But I have no doubt he'll be back on the road soon. It's his life.
Lemmy started his musical career in the early 60s, playing guitar with several local bands. By the late 60s he was a roadie for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Keith Emerson. 1972 found him playing bass for Hawkwind and though he hadn't played bass before, he adapted his guitar playing to the bass, using chords and bending notes. He also began singing with Hawkwind, and the band was successful. During the 1975 Hawkwind tour he was busted for cocaine possession at the border in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He spent 5 days in jail during which the substance tested was found to be speed, and he was released- Canadian law then said he couldn't be charged with anything since it wasn't the suspected and alleged cocaine. Hawkwind fired him. Lemmy quickly formed a new band with Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox called Bastard, but after being told nobody would book a band with that name, changed the name to Motörhead, from a song he'd written for Hawkwind.
In its 38 years of recording, Motörhead has sold 30 million albums worldwide. Lemmy has also written and collaborated on songs for Ozzy Osbourne, the Ramones, and his old band Hawkwind. He wrote the lyrics to Ozzy's "Mama I'm Coming Home" and says he's made more in royalties from that song than in all the years of Motörhead. He lives in a 2-room apartment in L.A. near his favorite bar, and maintains a modest very-Lemmy life. He's made many cameo appearances on US and British television and appears as a guest with other bands, most notably Metallica, who revere him.
This concert is the celebration of 25 years of Motörhead. "Four dates in Japan preceded the band's 25th Anniversary concert on 22 October at the Brixton Academy in London, where guest appearances were made by "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Brian May, Doro Peach, Whitfield Crane, Ace, Paul Inder and Todd Campbell.... The event was filmed, and released the following year as the "25 & Alive Boneshaker DVD" ... Lemmy states the reason for the DVD as wanting "to record it for the posterity or whatever it is. I nodded off through the tenth anniversary, we never did anything on the twentieth, so the twenty-fifth made sense." (Wiki)