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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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Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Walks Off Texas Stage Mid-Show: “I Can’t Do It”

“I can’t do it.” That’s what Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister told the crowd in Texas last night (Sept. 1).

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Motorhead, ‘Bad Magic’ – Album Review

Lemmy Kilmister's performance on the band’s latest opus 'Bad Magic' shows he has plenty of gas left in the tank.

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Motorhead Forced to Cancel Utah Gig Mid-Show as Lemmy Kilmister Has Trouble Breathing

Motorhead were forced to cancel their Salt Lake City, Utah performance last night (Aug. 27) after Lemmy Kilmister experienced health concerns.

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Motorhead Honored by Los Angeles City Council

Motorhead's latest album Bad Magic will be unleashed tomorrow (Aug. 28), and they were also honored by the Los Angeles city council on Wednesday.

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Hear Five Songs From Motorhead’s ‘Bad Magic’ Album

Get a listen to 'Victory or Die,' 'Evil Eye,' 'Shoot Out All Your Lights,' 'Sympathy for the Devil' and 'Electricity' before the 'Bad Magic' album drops.

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Motorhead, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ – Song Premiere

Get your first listen to Motorhead's cover of the Rolling Stones classic 'Sympathy for the Devil.'

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10 Unforgettable Lemmy Kilmister Moments

Revisit some rocking performances, have a few laughs and check out some of Lemmy Kilmister's awesome cameos in this Loud List.

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Feel the ‘Electricity’: Motorhead Week Starts on Loudwire!

We kick off a week of Motorhead song previews with the official audio for Motorhead's 'Electricity.'

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38 Years Ago: Motorhead Release Their Self-Titled Debut Album

On Aug. 21, 1977, Motorhead began their career ascent with their self-titled album.

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Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Talks ‘Bad Magic’ Album, Motorboat Cruise + More

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister also discusses the band's 40th anniversary, Motorboat Cruise, touring with Saxon and Anthrax and more.

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