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.
March 3, 1994 |
When Motorhead first revved up its cacophonous engine back in the mid-'70s, many critics chided the group for its exceptionally brutish delivery and sound. Nearly two decades later--now that Motorhead has influenced a plethora of speed and thrash demons, from Overkill to Slayer--it is clear that the heaviest of the British metal bands actually was a pioneering outfit, years ahead of its time.