LEMMY’s Health Issues Force MOTÖRHEAD To Cancel Salt Lake City Concert After Four Songs

MOTÖRHEAD was forced to cancel its concert in Salt Lake City earlier tonight (Thursday, August 27) after playing only three or four songs due to the fact that the band’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, was not feeling well. Various reports indicate that he complained to the crowd that he couldn’t breathe and/or was experiencing severe back pain prior to stopping the show and leaving the stage.


A statement on the official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook page gave the following explanation for why the Salt Lake City concert was cut short: “The people are great, but the air is just too thin. The high altitude makes it difficult for breathing, and that’s what happened with Lemmy tonight in Salt Lake City. He feels very bad to have cut the show short, but being that high up, he had some trouble breathing well. Lemmy appreciates everyone’s concern. The fans always rally round!”

Lemmy’s problems with the air in Salt Lake City raise concerns about his ability to perform at Friday’s (August 28) scheduled show in Denver, Colorado. Salt Lake’s altitude is listed at 4,300 feet, which is approximately lower than that of the “Mile-High City,” which rises to about 5,300 feet above sea level.


Lemmy, who turned 69 years old in December, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band’s European festival shows. The band has since scrapped a couple of tours and, during last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, abandoned its set midway through so Lemmy could be taken to the hospital.


“I’ve had some health scares,” Lemmy told Kerrang! for last week’s issue of the U.K. magazine, “and I’ve had to really cut back on smoking and drinking and whatever. But it is what it is. I’ve had a good life, a good run. I do what I do still. I’m sure I’ll die on the road, one way or another.”


Asked if he is afraid of death, Lemmy said, “No.”


The rocker told Classic Rock he didn’t expect to still be here at 30,“I don’t do regrets,” he said. “Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.


“There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference.


“I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”


Asked if his illness in 2013 has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

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CD REVIEW: Pete Berwick: “The Legend of Tyler Doohan……and Other Tales of Victory and Defeat”


With his sixth studio album and debut on the Little Class label, Pete Berwick who has been compared to a lot of legends manages to top himself. Most of this recording I’ve only heard Berwick perform live, by himself with only a guitar and some harmonicas, so nothing could possibly prepare me for this masterpiece recorded at Electric Cat Studios in Kansas City.


He’s been compared to Cash, Earle, Waylon and some others, and it’s true, but this platter earns him the rightful title as “the last outlaw”.


The 13 songs recorded with a full band with some top notch production range from emotional as in the title track an ode to the late Tyler Doohan (google the name) and rebel rousing tracks the likes of “The Proof is in the Whiskey”, “She’s Too Wild for Me”, and “Keep Your Socks on and Don’t Look Down”. And the roller coaster ride of blues based honky tonk shines with staples of his live shows fan favorites “See You in Hell” and “Ain’t Goin’ Back to Memphis”. 


The background vocals, piano, mandolin and lap steel add that extra punch that pushes  “The Legend of Tyler Doohan….” over the top and leaves me thirsty for a Pete Berwick holiday special where the songs are performed live in their entirety. From the first time I played the 13 tracks I could practically visualize it’s recording process. It’s also nice to hear the return of his alter ego, the road weary bar singer as he croons the ballad “Check Out Time” as well as some others.


The one thing that really stands out about Pete Berwick is he’s not so much of a songwriter as he is a storyteller which is very reminiscent of Tom Petty and that’s what gives his showmanship and passion that much more of a kick.


Also worth noting is that he pulls off a very Dylanesque vocal delivery on the closing number “Everything’s Waiting” and I’ve never been a fan of Bob Dylan, though I’m scolded for it, he was never quite Leonard Cohen enough for me. Whether Pete purposely did a Dylan inspired vocal doesn’t make me like him any less, he just does Dylan better than Dylan when it comes to his vocal delivery. Berwicks vocals are more gravelly than nasal whining.


I have Pete Berwick’s entire catalog, including four very well written and entertaining novels. With his latest offering he’s somehow eclipsed his previous critically acclaimed efforts. This one has been playing at home more than any other release this summer. A fact that should pretty much sum up how much I truly dig this record.

- Alex Zander/mk ultra magazine


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LEMMY On State Of Rock And Roll: ‘I Think It’s Pretty Poor Right Now’

In last week’s issue of U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine, MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister was asked for his opinion on the current state of rock and roll. “I think it’s pretty poor right now,” he responded. “We’re waiting for something, and I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s for the death of rock ‘n’ roll, y’know? I really don’t know. I don’t understand what we’re waiting for at the moment, because we’ve been waiting for a long time. We deserve something, but we ain’t getting it.”


He continued: “I don’t know why half of [modern bands] are together; ’cause they don’t deserve to be. All they do is make a fucking racket. I think we’re still looking for an answer to punk, to be quite honest with you, ’cause NIRVANA wasn’t it, y’know? They were the closest, but that didn’t last. I like some bands. I like FOO FIGHTERS and EVANESCENCE and stuff. But I don’t know if we’re going to get a real thing like punk again.”


Lemmy told A.V. Club earlier this month that the definition of success in the music industry has changed from what it was in 1975 when MOTÖRHEAD was first formed. “Sure it has, yeah,” he said. “People who play in a different fashion don’t get signed anymore. I mean, you can still make it through word of mouth in the clubs, but it’s a lot harder. I remember before Chuck Berry, and I remember that early world of rock ‘n’ roll, so, yeah, it’s been weird. It’s been all right. Now is the worst time for rock ‘n’ roll, I think. There’s no radio time for a new band. All the radio stations have been bought by five guys, and Ted Turner owns three of them. That doesn’t leave much room for choice.”


MOTÖRHEAD’s 22nd studio album, “Bad Magic”, will be released on August 28. The CD was recorded at NRG Studios with longtime producer Cameron Webb. Lemmy told A.V. Club about the source material for the new CD: “More war, death, sex, and drugs. [Laughs] There’s plenty of writing material in there. There’s always things that people want to hear, like war, death and love. You can keep them going forever, and I do. I’ve done the other stuff like ’1916′, but more or less it’s all been war, death, sex, and murder. [Laughs] But really, we seem to have it down now to a fine science, and it’s a good album.”

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West Memphis Three & More Announced For Riot Fest Speaks Stage

To continue the tradition that began last year with our inaugural Riot Fest Speaks panel we are very excited to announce the details for this year’s Riot Fest Speaks stage in Chicago!

Saturday, September 12: Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three will take stage as part of a panel moderated by Henry Rollins to discuss their history, journey to freedom after over 18 years in jail and the way music activism contributed their release. Arrested in 1993 as teenagers, Echols, Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted of the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, AR and sentenced respectively to death and two life sentences, despite a dearth of physical evidence. Police and prosecutors advanced the theory that the boys were killed in a satanic sacrifice, using the Three’s love of metal music and Echols’ interest in the occult as ‘proof’. Eventually the case caught the attention of activists like Henry Rollins, who worked with other vocalists from various rock, hip hop, punk and metal groups and members of Black Flag and the Rollins Band on the compilation albumRise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three. Others like Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam and Patti Smith performed at benefits. Criticism of the prosecution grew louder and DNA science advanced, excluding them. In 2011, the Three agreed to a plea bargain and were freed.

A second panel, named Basement Screams, will take place on Sunday, September 13 and will feature Joe Principe (Rise Against), Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun), Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Nan Warshaw (founder, Bloodshot Records), Daryl Wilson (The Bollweevils) and Dem Hopkins (owner of the legendary club Oz). Moderated by independent stalwart Joe Shanahan (founder/owner of Metro), the panel will focus not only how Chicago’s independent and punk rock scene has taken shape over the last several decades and created its own unique identity, but also the trials and tribulations in maintaining independence despite hardships.

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Search warrant served at home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons



A search warrant was served at the Los Angeles home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, but the rocker and his family are not considered suspects, authorities said.

The division that handles online crimes against children executed the warrant Thursday, according to Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.


“No members of the Simmons family are suspects in the case and were extremely cooperative,” he said.


The rocker’s wife thanked fans for their support, and said the family is stunned.


“We couldn’t be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes,” Shannon Tweed Simmons tweeted. “Law enforcement is on it.”


She did not provide any details on the alleged crime. Nor did authorities, citing an ongoing investigation.


The rocker’s publicist said the police visit was connected with a crime that may have occurred on the property last year while Simmons was away touring with his band.


Authorities requested Simmons and his family not to discuss the case to avoid undermining the investigation, publicist Cheyanne Baker said in a statement.


Simmons is best known as a front man and co-founder of the rock band Kiss, but he wears many hats, including record producer and songwriter.


He also starred in a reality television show on A&E, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” that documented life with his wife and two children.

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DISTURBED’s ‘The Vengeful One’ Tops BILLBOARD’s Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay Chart

According to Billboard.com, DISTURBED has topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, dated August 29, with “The Vengeful One” rising 2-1. This marks the fourth Number One for the Chicago-based band, which last topped the chart five years ago with “Another Way To Die”. Other Number Ones for DISTURBED were the band’s remake of GENESIS’s “Land Of Confusion” (2006) and “Inside The Fire” (2008).


“The Vengeful One” is the first single from DISTURBED’s sixth studio album, titled “Immortalized”, which will be released August 21 through Reprise. The track was accompanied by an animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci.


Beginning with a bombastic drum beat and jarring riff, “The Vengeful One” bares its teeth with an unabashedly metal refrain that’s instantly unshakable.


“Basically, ‘The Vengeful One’ is the personification of The Destroyer, the Angel of Death, Gabriel, or the Hand of God looking over humanity,” explains DISTURBED singer David Draiman. “In the song, it’s the End of Days. Things are getting worse, and we’re becoming more destructive. The media is playing everyone against one another and baiting the entire world. It’s judgment day. This is that entity’s voice speaking and passing judgment.”


“I wanted to lay down a big spacious beat to give the guys room to play,” DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren goes on. “It’s something slightly different for us, but it’s got that signature syncopation we love.”


“Musically, it’s got that old-school metal sound,” adds guitarist Dan Donegan. “It’s definitely DISTURBED!”


DISTURBED’s first show in four years is scheduled for August 21 at the House of Blues in the band’s hometown of Chicago.

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