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11th August 2016

Bloodstock 2011

Bloodstock is finally here and Motörhead dominate todays opening day with this evenings events certain to be very, very special.

At 5.00pm, Phil Campbell formally opens Bloodstocks main bar which has been renamed Lemmy's Bar and he will take the very first drink ever to be served from the splendidly named on-site boozery.

We're hoping that in the absence of Mikkey Dee, who is in China with The Scorpions this weekend, fabled Motörhead manager for 24-years, Todd Singerman, is there to take the second. He was certainly present at Wacken last week when Phil's band played a storming set just before Iron Maiden closed out their world tour.

Todd appeared on stage with Phil and Mikkey Dee during the emotional Motörhead tribute where Mikkey announced that the Bomber had flown for the very last time. You can read all about last Thursday night's monumental occasion right here.

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The love and respect shown by Phil and Mikkey to Todd on the Wacken stage last Thursday was heartwarming, genuine and touching, especially given the bad press that music managers generally receive and the problems that Lemmy had over the years with the business and executive side of the industry. Were you watching Wacken Doug Smith?

Todd, who hosted Lemmy's memorial service back in January and did the great man proud, is keeping the Motörhead flame burning with Motörhead Music, the label that Lemmy and his colleagues founded some years ago and is now fully operational. More on Motörhead Music further down the page. Meanwhile, back to Bloodstock.

Photo credit: Mariane Harris

As mentioned earlier, Phil opens Lemmy's Bar at 5.00pm and at 9.45pm he takes to the stage with the band formerly known as Phil Campbell's All Starr Band. Just an hour before they hit the Wacken stage last Thursday they changed their name to Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, a little too late for Bloodstock to change their posters.

Most of you will know that Lemmy originally wanted to call his then new post-Hawkwind outfit Bastard, as we mantioned in last week's No Sleep 'Til Hamburg article.

Phil gave an interview to recently and in it he tells of how the newly monickered five-piece band - Phil, his three sons Todd, Dane and Tyla and vocalist Neil Starr - were formed.

"We had a big party for Todd's birthday a few years ago and we played a few cover songs and had a jam. It sounded so good we decided to start a band!"

You can read the full interview with Moshville right here.

phil campbell

The band are currently putting the finishing touches to a new EP of original music which will be out before the end of the year while tonight's gig at Bloodstock will see one new original song aired and a mixture of some classic Motörhead songs, some Motörhead songs that were rarely played live and some of Phil's favourite covers. We'll be reporting on today's events as they happen so keep checking back.

Bloodstock founder, Paul Raymond Gregory, established an on-site RAM Gallery when the festival moved to Catton Park some years ago and this year Paul has paid tribute to Lemmy with a stunning new portrait exhibited in a custom, hand-carved frame, as well as other choice installations from his world-renowned portfolio of work that includes numerous album sleeves for Saxon, Dio and Molly Hatchet.

Bloodstock founder and renowned fantasy artist Paul Raymond

The portrait was created to commemorate the festival bar being renamed Lemmy's Bar and also on display at Bloodstock will be two bass guitars created by regular RAM Gallery contributor Iuthier Cynosure.

The Lemmy Bass, which brings Snaggletooth to life, and the more traditional Motörhead Bass, which pays homage to Lemmy's huge military interest, particularly WWII-era German military, will be on show.

Iuthier told Music Radar: "It was a sad day for the world when Lemmy passed. Upon hearing the tragic news, Paul Raymond Gregory immediately approached me in regards to creating a very special unique type of guitar that signified the vision and general atmosphere of the band, but more specifically the prominent, legendary force that is Lemmy."

The Lemmy Bass

The Motörhead Bass

As mentioned earlier Mikkey is in China with The Scorpions this weekend. He'll be busy with the Scorps for the rest of the year and could even become a permanent member after the Germans' current 50th Anniversary tour ends, if regular sticksman James Kottak does not return.

Last weekend at Wacken Mikkey bumped into an old friend and fellow drummer who was just about to play the evening's headline show. Mikkey posted this picture on Instagram after the Motörhead tribute.

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Wacken unveiled a Lemmy statue last weekend which will be on public display at the festival next year.

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Several years ago, Motörhead (together with UDR Music) formed their own label as Lemmy and the boys were concerned about where the support was for rock n' roll bands trying to get a leg up, so they decided forming their own label would be the way to help.

In 2014, they finally chose a few bands to support and the very first Motörhead Music release was the new Barb Wire Dolls album which is reviewed in full right here.

The Budderside debut album, produced by none other than Lemmy's son Paul Inder Kilmister, is released on September 23rd and releases from Other and Seek Irony are on the way and we'll be covering them all on MetalTalk.

In the meantime, the opening day of Bloodstock 2016 is going to be memorable and it all takes place just two days after the thirtieth anniversary of the day we went deaf forever with the release of the seventh Motörhead album, 'Orgasmatron', which was the very first Motörhead album that Phil played on.

We'll leave the last word to Phil himself. See you all at Catton Park, Derbyshire at 5.00pm for a very large Lemmy, easy on the ice.

"People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it?"
Lemmy, The Independent, 15th October 2005


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