February 13, 1996 |
Lemmy doesn't worry a lot about offending anybody's sensibilities. When a record label head once complained that Motorhead offended too many people, Lemmy's response was: " 'What the [expletive] are they doing that I shouldn't offend them? Tell me that! Why do you keep offending me telling me this [expletive]? I'm on your label.' He should have been sticking up for me, but of course that was too much to hope for. Everybody's so scared of everything, afraid of offending this lobby and that lobby."
October 13, 1986 |
"Not bad for someone old enough to be your father," boasted Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister to a full house of tanked-up head bangers at the Santa Monica Civic on Saturday. Now pushing 40, the guiding light of the British heavy-metal quartet has been slogging the concert trail for nearly two decades and still has enough attitude and energy to fuel an army--an extremely belligerent army.
December 16, 1988 |
Motorhead lives by the sword, or, more precisely, by the sonic truncheon. Playing at UC Irvine on Wednesday night, the venerable British heavy-metal band, reputed to be the loudest on earth, died by the sword--or, more precisely, by its own faulty electric weaponry. The show in Crawford Hall, a small gym with a stage built into one wall, turned into a loud blur punctuated regularly by screeching feedback from singer Lemmy Kilmister's microphone.
July 15, 1991 |
It can't be easy trekking around the country as the tangy mustard in an otherwise bland noise sandwich, which is Motorhead's lot these days. "Operation Rock & Roll," which landed at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Friday night, finds Motorhead stuck in the middle of a heavy-metal bill whose headliners are a dated caricature (Judas Priest) and a rock vaudevillian who remains competent but mired in the same old shtick (Alice Cooper).
October 10, 1986 |
Wurzel Burston's road to Motorhead qualifies as one of rock's more implausible success stories. Originally a drummer, Burston switched to guitar at the advanced age of 24, due mainly to the insistence of a friend. "I gave up three times but he got me back into it again," said Burston, whose band appears Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic, Sunday in San Bernardino and next weekend in Long Beach and San Diego.
May 11, 2013 |
A week after the Rolling Stones played a semi-secret club date as a musical publicity stunt, reggae scion Ziggy Marley did the same -- performing a short set of his father's standards and his own originals Friday afternoon at a remote roadside cafe on the Angeles Crest Highway, to an audience of several hundred motorcycle riders. The carefully staged, strategically leaked, private event was hosted by Ducati. The mashup of Marley, mountains and motorcycles was a promotion for the DVD release of "Marley Road Trip South Africa 2010," a six-part television documentary produced by David Alexanian, director of "Long Way Round," a similar TV documentary about a motorcycle trip around the world taken by actor Ewan McGregor and his fellow motorcycle enthusiast Charley Boorman.