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15th December 2016


There's plenty of Motörhead news to catch up on this month, so sing it loud, sing it out, make the people shout and let's do this...

Tomorrow, Friday 16th December 2016, sees the launch of Motörhead Road Crew beer and MetalTalk were given the honour of pouring and drinking the very first bottle to be consumed in a public bar last Thursday evening on a joyous and memorable night. Well, memorable until after the first case had been consumed that is.

We did a full preview of the evening which you can see right here and we'll have competitions and details of how you can get your hands on Motörhead Road Crew beer very, very soon. In the meantime, here's a short video of the first bottles coming out of production.

A Twitter user called Christhebarker, and that's all that is known about him, has created a beautiful piece of artwork as a touching tribute to the long list of celebrities who have died this year. More than forty leading musicians, actors, sportsmen and other personalities appear in this new version of the famous sleeve of the 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' record, released in 1967.

Some observers noticed that Lemmy had been wrongly included, since he passed away in December 2015 but one quipped: "His liver didn't acknowledge the fact until the following week."

Here it is, with a numbered list of who's who below. Click the image for a larger version.

1 Denise Robertson, presenter and ITV agony aunt, died March 31 aged 83.
2 Keith Emerson, musician who formed the band The Nice, died March 11 aged 71.
3 ED ‘Stewpot’ Stewart, Radio DJ, died January 9 aged 74.
4 Carla Lane, sitcom writer who wrote The Liver Birds, died May 31 aged 87.
5 Garry Shandling, American stand-up comedian, died March 24 aged 66.v 6 Johan Cruyff, Dutch footballer and coach, died March 24 aged 68.
7 Prince Buster, Jamaican singer and songwriter, died September 8 aged 78.
8 Sir George Martin, music producer known as the Fifth Beatle, died March 8 aged 90.
9 Anton Yelchin, actor who played Chekov in Star Trek, died June 19 aged 27.
10 Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter and poet, died November 7 aged 82.
11 Arnold Palmer, champion US golfer, died September 25 aged 87.
12 Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, died February 19 aged 89.
13 Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor, died January 5 aged 90.
14 Gareth Thomas, Welsh actor (Blake’s 7), died April 13 aged 71.
15 Erik Bauersfeld, actor who voiced Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars, died April 3 aged 93.
16 Glenn Frey, singer who founded rock band The Eagles, died January 18 aged 67.
17 Burt Kwouk, actor in Pink Panther fims, died May 24 aged 85.
18 Sir Jimmy Young, DJ and veteran BBC radio presenter, died November 7 aged 95.
19 Paul Daniels, magician and TV personality, died March 17 aged 77.
20 Howard Marks, Welsh former drug smuggler and author, died April 10 aged 70.
21 Terry Wogan, TV and radio presenter, died January 31 aged 77.
22 Cliff Michelmore, Veteran TV producer and presenter, died March 17 aged 96.
23 Jean Alexander, Coronation Street actress, died October 14 aged 90.
24 Alan Rickman, British-born Hollywood actor, died January 14 aged 69.
25 Zaha Hadid, world-famous British-Iraqi architect, died March 31 aged 65.
26 Muhammad Ali, veteran boxer and black activist, died June 3 aged 74.
27 Frank Kelly, actor famous for his role in Father Ted, died February 28 aged 77.
28 Caroline Aherne, comedian and writer, died July 2 aged 52.
29 George Kennedy, US actor famous for roles in Naked Gun and Airplane movies, died February 28 aged aged 91.
30 Maurice White, musician and founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, died February 4 aged 74.
31 David Gest, US producer and TV personality, died April 12 aged 62.
32 Gene Wilder, Oscar-winning actor, died August 29 aged 83.
33 Lemmy.
34 Prince, Flamboyant US singer, died April 21 aged 57.
35 David Bowie, British singer and actor, died January 10 aged 69.
36 Pete Burns, musician who founded the band Dead Or Alive, died October 23 aged 57.
37 Ronnie Corbett, diminutive comedian, died March 31 aged 85.
38 Victoria Wood, BAFTA-winning comedian, died April 20 aged 62.
39 Robert Vaughn, US stage and screen actor, died November 11 aged 83.
40 Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, died June 16 aged 41.
41 Sylvia Anderson, British radio and TV producer, and the voice of Lady Penelope, died March 15 aged 88.
42A Kenny Baker, actor who played R2D2 in Star Wars, died August 13 aged 81.
42B Tony Dyson, designer who built R2D2, died March 3 aged 68.

Metallica paid a fantastic tribute to Lemmy with the video for the song 'Murder One' from their new album 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct'. You've almost certainly seen this by now but just in case...

Hetfield said: "It was the name of his amplifier on stage. I loved being murdered every night by that thing, man. He was such an inspiration to us as a band. There's certainly no way we'd be around if there was no Motörhead.

"And, you know, to see your idol, your immortal one, actually be mortal, it hit us pretty hard. So I felt it makes sense to acknowledge how much he's meant in our lives."

Hetfield also called for Lemmy to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying: "It's just a nod, a tip of the cap. What does it really mean to be in there? I don't know. But to some of these bands it might mean the world.

"With the passing of Lemmy, it's really, really important for me to see Motörhead acknowledged in that – because there's no more rock'n'roll person on this planet than Lemmy."

But is this what Lemmy would have wanted? We're not so sure because they lost his 'Ace Of Spades' tour jacket after he loaned it to them for an exhibit. In a 2012 video chat with Artisan News, Lemmy complained about the loss of his property, saying:

"They lost my 'Ace Of Spades' tour jacket. They had this Heavy Metal presentation thing and they said could they borrow a pair of boots and a bass and my 'Ace Of Spades' tour jacket, so I lent it to them, and they said they lost it. A likely story. Look me in the eye and tell me again. One of their girlfriends is wearing it, no doubt."

When asked if he would feel better about things if he was inducted into the Hall, Lemmy said: "What honour? They owe me a jacket before I'll even speak to them."

Here's the conversation in full.

One 'honour' that we are certain Lemmy would almost certainly not have snubbed is the Annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and radio icon Eddie Trunk will host the event which MetalTalk will be attending and covering.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and sponsors include Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, DAD Evans and Modern Drummer Magazine and 2017 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Inductees include Ronnie James Dio, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali, Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, Vinny Appice, Don Airey, Andy Zildjian, Randy Rhoads and of course, Lemmy.

Full details of this prestigious event, including entry details, are available right here.

Metalville Records have released a Lemmy Kilmister tribute album called 'Snaggletooth: A Tribute To Lemmy' and as well as Overkill, Destruction, Monster Magnet, Korpiklaani and others, the man himself is on the record with three tracks, a version of one of the great Queen songs, 'Tie Your Mother Down', 'Love Me Forever', a duet with Doro Pesch and a great rare track, 'Rock City Night', that Lemmy did with Richard Kruspe from Rammstein.

Motörhead songs on the album include 'Overkill', 'Bomber', 'Killed By Death', 'We Are The Roadcrew' and 'Burner'. The album is available on CD and vinyl right here.


Whilst we're on the subject of rarities, here's a video you may not have seen before. Any idea who the bass player is? We'll have more on him in early 2017...

A new book, 'Motörhead's Roadkill: Victory Or Die', is released on December 20th and it features contributions from Guns N' Roses' Slash and Queen's Brian May, including backstage pictures and commentary.

The sleeve notes say: "Paying a lasting tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, the lavishly illustrated volume of 'Roadkill' presents exciting and intimate behind-the-scenes pictures by much acclaimed Spanish photographer Pep Bonet, who accompanied Motörhead on the road during 2008 and 2011. Rock'n'roll celebrities such as Slash from Guns N' Roses and Brian May from Queen, provided their contributions to this fascinating documentary. Text in English and German."

You can pre-order 'Motörhead's Roadkill: Victory Or Die' from Amazon right here.

Phil Campbell has been having a ball out on the road this year with Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons and he gave a very revealing interview to Wales Online recently in which he recalls a poignant and heartwarming story about Lemmy.

"I remember one time he called me in my hotel room and said, 'Phil come to my room now'. I thought, 'what have I done wrong now?' I said, 'What's going on?' He replied, 'Sit down, have a drink'.

"I was expecting him to say, 'I listened back to last night's tape and you played like shit, but he said, 'I just wanted you to know never once in all this time have I regretted having you in the band. You're a good man, Phil'."

Phil also recalls another story:

"In the last few years of the band we had our own dressing rooms. So if anyone wanted a sleep or to read or whatever, they had their own space," he says.

"I remember one time coming out of my dressing room, walking down the corridor towards Lem's dressing room and hearing a commotion. I looked up and Lem is stood there throwing apples and oranges down the corridor shouting 'less fucking vitamin C in my fucking room'. That summed him up perfectly."

You can read the interview in full right here.

MetalTalk Radio On TotalRock will launch on Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 4.00pm.

The very first show will be hosted by MetalTalk Editor In Chief Steve Göldby and will feature a wide variety of music, chat, guests and what's happening in the world of Heavy Metal.

Steve said: "Being on the best independent Metal radio station and having Tony Wilson behind us, the man who produced the greatest Metal radio show of all time, Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show, for it's entire lifespan, means we couldn't be starting off bigger or better.

"I've got some big plans for my show but I'm keeping them under wraps for now, as well as the official logo and the sections of my show I have finalised. One thing I will say is that we chose the launch date of 28th December for a reason and it should give you a clue as to the first voice ever to be heard and the first record ever to be played on MetalTalk Radio."

And finally, for now, Motörhead Facebook Public Group member Stoo Harris of Caldicot, who plays in Motörlizzy, a Tribute To Lemmy and Phil Lynott told a superb story recently which we just had to share:

"I remember back in 2006 I went to see Motörhead at Cardiff University Hall. me and a few mates went to a shop located in the venue where Mikkee Dee was sat there on a table eating a sandwich and he signed our shirts.

"We sat there for a while after just talking whilst out of the door walks a very confused Lemmy, scratching his head. He walks over and says, 'Excuse me son, but where's the fucking stage door?'

"My mates stand there open jawed and in complete awe that GOD himself has just walked over to ask us a question. I stand up and walk over to him to tell him the direction towards the stage doors, he then grabs me by the hand and shakes it and says, 'Thank you son, I haven't got a fucking clue where the fuck I'm going! Enjoy the show!'

I will never ever forget that moment! Which is why I got this tattoo! R.I.P Mr. Kilmister!!!!"

Much more to come on Motörhead, always, forever. This story will never end and this band will never end. We are the future, baby, used to be the past...

"I didn't even know at the time that an 'Orgasmatron' was a contraption in some Woody Allen film - I never saw the movie - but I've been told about it quite often since..."
Lemmy, from his biography 'White Line Fever'

Sara Harding

The main cover image highlights one of Lemmy's rough-draft thumbnail sketches...

Jools Green

"It's a superb beer and you're in for a treat once it goes on sale next week..."


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