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February 27, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Being loud isn't nearly enough in heavy metal. A bad attitude helps, but for the bands collected under Megadeth's touring mini-festival Gigantour, some distinctive style and vision made all the difference Friday at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Though each of the three top-billed acts — Megadeth, Motorhead and Volbeat — were dependably loud, confrontational and contained elements of classic metal and punk, each delivered something vastly different from the next. While headliner Megadeth stood in front of a big wall of Marshall amplifiers, the real power was less in volume than in the details of the band's dense sound.
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April 4, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Three recent records by artists playing at the Coachella are worthy of pre-festival attention: The Knife, "Shaking the Habitual" (Rabid Records) Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary. Their most recent album, "Shaking the Habitual," came out in 2013 and landed on many best-of-the-year lists.
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October 22, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Where would the world be without Capricorns? Stubborn as goats, but fun, too. Who can forget Mao Tse-tung? Josef Stalin? Nixon? Also, Ben Franklin, Cary Grant, Elvis, Jesus, Rick Nelson were noted Capricorns. One thing is clear, the world would've been a much quieter place without one Capricorn, Ian Kilminster, a.k.a. Lemmy, the brain to blame for Motorhead. This guy is the ultimate rock 'n' roll Party Animal.
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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On Jan. 1, concert promoter Goldenvoice posted a video online of a giant incandescent snail motoring its way around revelers at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since then, Goldenvoice has been hinting at artists performing at its annual desert festival at the calm, leisurely pace of a mollusk, albeit a hype-generating mollusk, averaging about one reveal per day. Last night came the first real surprise, as a video from hard rock outlaws-turned-legends Motörhead was placed on the official Coachella site and all its social media tentacles.
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February 13, 1996 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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October 13, 1986 | KRISTINE McKENNA
"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.
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December 16, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM
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.
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July 15, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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).
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October 10, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
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.
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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On Jan. 1, concert promoter Goldenvoice posted a video online of a giant incandescent snail motoring its way around revelers at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since then, Goldenvoice has been hinting at artists performing at its annual desert festival at the calm, leisurely pace of a mollusk, albeit a hype-generating mollusk, averaging about one reveal per day. Last night came the first real surprise, as a video from hard rock outlaws-turned-legends Motörhead was placed on the official Coachella site and all its social media tentacles.
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May 11, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
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.
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February 27, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Being loud isn't nearly enough in heavy metal. A bad attitude helps, but for the bands collected under Megadeth's touring mini-festival Gigantour, some distinctive style and vision made all the difference Friday at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Though each of the three top-billed acts — Megadeth, Motorhead and Volbeat — were dependably loud, confrontational and contained elements of classic metal and punk, each delivered something vastly different from the next. While headliner Megadeth stood in front of a big wall of Marshall amplifiers, the real power was less in volume than in the details of the band's dense sound.
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May 26, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Ah, to be a single-name star, those anointed ones for whom no further identification is necessary. There's Elvis, there's Marilyn, there's Kobe — and then there's Lemmy. Motörhead's indefatigable frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, is being honored for his long and illustrious music career on VH1 Classic's "Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Award," airing this week, where he'll also perform a killer version of "Ace of Spades" with Lemmy fans Slash and Dave Grohl. He's also working on a new album and beginning a world tour.
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February 13, 1996 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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February 13, 1996 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Knowledge is invaluable. There's no replacement for it," claims Lemmy, singer-bassist-grisly-figurehead of Motorhead. But, ye fans of this deathless metal band, don't be too concerned that Lemmy's going professorial on you. He might like to include a bit of social comment and world history in his lyrics, but he also likes to say [expletive] a whole lot.
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December 16, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
With a demure curtsy, Motorhead mainstay Lemmy Kilmister accepted the crowd's well wishes from the Whisky stage on Thursday as he celebrated his 50th birthday and the seminal band's 20th anniversary with grace . . . in his own heavy-metal fashion. "It's not my fault," he barked of reaching the landmarks. "I didn't ask for it." He apparently didn't expect to make it this far--a not uncommon opinion regarding the gnarled, notorious fast-liver. But he's not slowing down to mark the occasion.
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April 4, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Looking to cram this weekend for the upcoming Coachella festival? The below records by artists playing at the annual festival, which begins April 11, are worthy of pre-festival focus: The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual” (Rabid Records) Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
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.
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