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With a career now spanning four, fast-and-furious decades and counting, England’s Motorhead aren’t just the forefathers of all varieties of speed metal, but undoubtedly among the most influential and revered heavy metal bands of all time — just don’t call them “heavy metal” to their faces. Motorhead’s long story is essentially the story of its leader, vocalist and bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister — except that Lemmy’s story is even longer, as he put in time as Jimi Hendrix’s roadie and a member of bands like the Rockin’ Vic-ars and space rockers Hawkwind long before even founding Motorhead in 1975. Then, for three long years, Kilmister struggled to keep Motorhead alive, but after having their first album rejected and re-recording it for another label in 1977, the band finally caught fire in 1979. That year, Lemmy, guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clark and drummer Philthy ‘Animal’ Taylor delivered a pair of speed metal benchmarks in ‘Overkill’ and ‘Bomber,’ and then followed them with two of heavy music’s most essential albums in 1980’s ‘Ace of Spades’ and ’81’s ‘No Sleep ’til Hammersmith’ (which went to No. 1 in the U.K.). Clarke left Motorhead after ’82’s ‘Iron Fist’ and Taylor followed after ’83’s ‘Another Perfect Day’ (featuring Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson), but Lemmy expanded the band to a quartet with guitarists Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston and Phil Campbell, plus former Saxon drummer Pete Gill, for 1984’s double career retrospective, ‘No Remorse,’ featuring an iconic new single named ‘Killed by Death.’ Taylor returned after 1986’s ‘Orgasmatron’ but left again in ’92 and was soon followed by Wurzel, thus returning Motorhead to its classic, power trio formation built around Lemmy, Campbell and former King Diamond drummer Mikkey Dee. From this point forward, Motorhead remained an ever dependa-ble recording and touring proposition, year in and year out: always respected for their blue-collar work ethic and colossal influence, while remaining firmly (and frustratingly) entrenched in the heavy metal underground. But in 2005, the band was awarded their first Grammy, and in 2010 Lemmy was celebrated by a feature-length, star-studded documentary that deservingly elevated both his and his band’s mainstream profile. And, though he had long before swapped dingy London for sunny Los Angeles, Lemmy remained the embodiment of the drinking, drugging, skirt-chasing rocker until health issues finally forced him to retire some bad habits in 2013. All the while, Lemmy insists on categorizing Motorhead, not as heavy metal, but as just another rock and roll band, yet, whatever they are, they are still, for the moment, indestructible.

 
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Ian Gavan, Getty Images / Micah Gummel

Motorhead Call Out Black Stone Cherry Over Cocaine Story

Black Stone Cherry's Jon Lawhon recently stated the band was offered cocaine every day while on tour with Motorhead, a claim the band's representatives deny.

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Motorhead’s Final Munich Shows to Be Released as ‘Clean Your Clock’ Live CD/DVD

Motorhead's final two perfomances in Munich, Germany will be released as the 'Clean Your Clock' live album and DVD in May.

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Motorhead Online Slot Machine Arriving in September

Motorhead will complete the 'Rocks' trilogy of online slot machines from EntNet in September of this year.

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Motorhead Members Joining Saxon for Lemmy Kilmister Tribute at Swedish Race

Motorhead's Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell will join Saxon to pay tribute to Lemmy Kilmister at the V8 Thunder Car racing finals, dubbed the 'Lemmy 500.'

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37 Years Ago: Motorhead Paved the Way for Thrash With Second Album ‘Overkill’

On March 24, 1979, Motorhead influences generations of rockers to come with the release of their 'Overkill' album.

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Mastodon’s Brent Hinds + ‘The Walking Dead’ Actor Norman Reedus Get Lemmy Kilmister Tattoos

Mastodon's Brent Hinds hung out with 'The Walking Dead' actor Norman Reedus and got Lemmy Kilmister memorial tattoos.

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Phil Campbell Plays Motorhead Classics With Robert Trujillo’s Mass Mental

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell joined Robert Trujillo's Mass Mental onstage to perform 'Ace of Spades' and '(We Are) the Road Crew.'

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Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead Tracks Selected as Theme Songs for WWE’s ‘Wrestlemania 32′

Avenged Sevenfold and Motorhead songs have been selected as two of the theme songs for the WWE's 'Wrestlemania 32.'

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The End / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Anvil’s Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow on Turning Down Motorhead Opportunity: ‘I Don’t Regret the Decision’

Anvil mainman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow turned down a chance to tour as the guitarist for Motorhead in 1983, but doesn't regret the decision.

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Lemmy Kilmister’s Threat to Motorhead’s Mikkey Dee: ‘The Day You Try Drugs, You’re F—ing Fired’

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee tells a story about Lemmy Kilmister threatening to kick him out of the band if the drummer ever tried drugs.

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