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  DOWNLOAD TO RENAME 2016 MAIN STAGE AFTER LEMMY PLUS LOTS MORE MOTÖRHEAD NEWS
8th February 2016



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Download Festival's main stage will be named "The Lemmy Stage" this year in honour of the iconic Motörhead frontman who passed away in late December.

Motörhead were booked to play the main stage on the Friday afternoon and where the band's name previously appeared on the billing, there is now a graphic of Lemmy's hat.

One idea for a tribute that was previously muted on these pages was that Motörhead's Download slot could be used to honour Lemmy with a one-off band made up from the selection of musicians available on the day, which would be quite some line-up. It looks as though this might now actually happen, however renaming the stage for just one year only has not gone down too well with the fanbase. The general consensus of posters on the Official Download Facebook page is that this should be a permanent move and not just for 2016 only.

The statement from the Download organisers reads as follows: "Whilst we're saddened to say Motörhead will no longer be performing at this year's Download Festival, we will honour a true rock n' roll icon who inspired so many others on the bill, Lemmy Kilmister. For one year only, Download Festival's Main Stage will be named 'The Lemmy Stage' in tribute to a much loved and missed legend. We are working with Motörhead's management on a tribute to the great man during the slot he would have performed on, more information to follow."

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Motörhead were due to tour the UK in January with Saxon and Girlschool in support with the last two nights scheduled to be at Hammersmith Odeon, however the tour was cancelled after Lemmy's passing.

Hammersmith paid it's own tribute on the two nights the band were scheduled to play (Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2016), as you can see from these great pictures.

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As previously reported (here) Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee will be playing with Thin Lizzy this year as they commemorate thirty years since Phil Lynott passed away and forty years since the release of the 'Jailbreak' album.

In the summer of 2016 going into 2017, Thin Lizzy will stage a handful of special shows to commemorate these important milestones, including The Ramblin' Man Fair in Ashford, Kent on July 23rd.

Last week Phil Campbell was interviewed by Chris Jericho of Fozzy in his first interview after the death of Lemmy.

Phil said: "I'm still in shock actually. It's like Slash told me, he was a constant. He's always been here in our lives. At least he did it his way. I'm really proud of him. He lived as he wanted to live and there's not a lot of people who can do that 100 percent."

Phil was not present at Lemmy's funeral as he was advised not to travel after experiencing his own health issues in recent months but along with around a quarter of a million Motörhead fans he watched the moving ceremony online.

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"I watched it, but I haven't watched anything else," Phil said. "I haven't read any more articles or anything because it's really difficult for me at the moment. It will come. It's just going to take a lot of time.

"I've broken down a few times and my wife's like, 'C'mon Phil, get over it.' But I expect to be packing [for tour] now. Every two weeks I was going away for three weeks."

Phil also said that Lemmy had spoken to him about the idea of Motörhead continuing after he was no longer around, but Phil says that's something that will never happen.

"I know Lem told me that he wouldn't want anything to stop me or anything like that, but nothing's ever going to be called Motörhead again. I can tell you that. I wouldn't do that. I wouldn't disrespect. It's not Motörhead without Lem, is it?"

When asked what he'd miss most about Lemmy, Phil said: "I'd have the room upstairs and he'd be downstairs, and I'd come down in the middle of the night for a pee or whatever and he'd be at his table downstairs and I think I'll miss the late night talks a lot.

"I just miss being able to call him up and tell him he's playing too fucking loud onstage. 'Turn it down you a–hole.' I really miss that. And he'd be like, 'What do you mean, you're louder than me? You turn it down first.' And I'd say, 'No, you fuckin' do it.' It was brilliant."

Phil also revealed that he's planning on doing a solo album and that Rob Halford has agreed to appear on said disc but no other details were given. Phil Campbell's All Starr Band have announced that on April 29th they'll be playing a headline show in Tilburg 013, Holland. More live shows are expected to be announced soon.

Check out Phil's full interview with Chris Jericho on Podcast One's Talk Is Jericho in the player here.



It has also been announced that there will be a musical tribute to Lemmy performed by the Hollywood Vampires at this year's Grammy Awards on February 15th in Los Angeles. Alice Cooper founded Hollywood Vampires with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp. The band's live line-up has also included Guns N' Roses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum as well as guitarist Tommy Henriksen and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Witkin.

Alice Cooper told Rolling Stone: "We started this band as a means to toast our 'dead drunk friends' at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too.

"Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys," Cooper said. "Find me somebody who didn't love Lemmy. He's just one of those guys that's impossible not to like. He was always funny."

Cooper says the band are still planning what they'll play but he'd definitely like to do 'Ace Of Spades'. "I might do it more 'Alice Cooper style', but it would still have to have that growl, that guttural voice to make it work. I can't picture, like, Creedence Clearwater doing that song."

Keep posted for much more Motörhead news throughout the coming weeks and months. The band may be no more but the train will most certainly keep rollin' and the legacy will never, ever die.

Motörhead for life. Lemmy forever.











 


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