It's been 40 years since Motorhead dropped their iconic album Ace of Spades, but its legacy is ageless.
Motorhead's fourth studio album, their first to be released in the U.S., turned 40 years old this week. Sadly the main protagonist of the band, and its characterful lead singer Lemmy is no longer with us to celebrate this milestone having died from a combination of prostrate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure in 2015. His legacy, however, lives on and is no better represented than in his band's biggest selling album, Ace Of Spades.
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Prior to the release of Motorhead's tour de force in 1980, Stoke-On-Trent's finest export Ian Fraser Kilminster had certainly done his ground work and put in the time. After joining Hawkwind, as a bassist instead of the guitarist he intended to be, and helping them record their stand-out track Silver Machine, Kilminster went on to form Motorhead in 1975. Having released their eponymous debut album in 1977, Overkill and then Bomber both in 1979, Motorhead were already being hailed as one of the best of the "New wave of British Heavy Metal" bands.
The musician was in hospital being treated for pneumonia.
With another shocking blow to the music world, it's been announced that the last surviving member of the classic Motorhead line-up, Fast Eddie Clarke, has passed away at the age of 67 during a short stay in hospital. His death comes just over two years after that of frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
The classic Motorhead line-up
Motorhead fans everywhere will be mourning the sudden and unexpected death of the band's guitarist, who was the last remaining member of what most deem to be the 'classic' line-up, following the death of Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor in November 2015 and singer Lemmy in December 2015.
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Lemmy’s funeral was also streamed live on Youtube with over 280,000 fans watching worldwide.
Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was laid to rest on Saturday, in a ceremony befitting a rock and roll legend at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Over 280,00 fans watched the ceremony live on the band’s Youtube channel as names including Dave Grohl and Slash paid tribute to their friend and hero.
Lemmy, who passed away in December, filmed a short advert for Finnish dairy company Valio shortly before his death.
The late Motörhead frontman Lemmy is posthumously starring in an advert promoting milk, which was filmed less than a month before his untimely death.
Lemmy, whose real name was Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away on December 28th, just two days after being diagnosed with what the band’s Facebook page described as “extremely aggressive cancer” and only four days after his 70th birthday, shot the 40-second ad in Finland for dairy company Valio last month.
The legendary Lemmy in concert in 2013
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‘Lemmium’ would of course be a heavy metal.
Fans of the late Mötorhead frontman Lemmy have launched a petition to name a new periodic table element in honour of the singer. Lemmy, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister, died on December 28th, aged 70, just two days after being diagnosed with cancer.
Fans want a new periodic table element to be named after Lemmy.
The petition, launched on change.org, asks that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry name one of the four new discovered Heavy Metals in the Periodic table ‘Lemmium', after the iconic frontman.
Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of rock legend Lemmy, who passed away on Monday aged 70.
Tributes are being paid to Motörhead frontman Lemmy, who died yesterday after a short battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. The rock legend’s passing was announced in a post on the band’s official Facebook page and within minutes fans and friends began to express their shock and sadness.
Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died aged 70.
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne led the tributes on twitter writing: ‘Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.’
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Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
Coachella is litterally the hottest festival of the year, so if you're off to soak in the sun, here's 10 acts you really can't afford to miss.
The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.
Beck will be preforming at this year's Coachella festival
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Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
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The remainder of the European leg of Motörhead's tour has been cancelled due to lead singer Lemmy suffering with haemotoma.
Motörhead have been forced to pull out of French, German and Russian dates due to Lemmy reportedly suffering with haemotoma - a blood disorder where blood collects outside a vessel due after damage. The cancellation was announced on the band's website, "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."
Lemmy Kilmister Is Out Of Action With Haemotoma.
Lemmy's identical condition caused the heavy rock band to call off three dates in June and the gravelly-voiced frontman is, according to drummer Mikkey Dee speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (reported in The Guardian), "devastated beyond belief" "[Cancelling a tour] has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It's like chopping off a piano player's hands, " Dee added "he's not doing so well right now," sending ripples of concern throughout the 'Ace of Spades' band's massive fanbase who have already had to face the concern brought about by unfounded rumours that the 67-year old had had a defibrillator fitted due to heart problems.
Continue reading: Motörhead Tour Cancelled Due To Lemmy's Poor Health