METALLICA As THE LEMMYS: In-House Video Footage Of Legendary 1995 Performance
March 22, 2013
Whisky A Go Go has uploaded in-house video footage of THE LEMMYS — the MOTÖRHEAD tribute band composed of members of METALLICA — performing at MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy‘s 50th-birthday party on December 14, 1995 at the legendary West Hollywood, California venue. Check out the clip below.
“They all dressed up as me, and I thought that was great,” Lemmy later told VH1.com. “They all had long black wigs on and penciled-in mustaches, and a tattoo drawn on one arm, with a black marker. Besides, they got their tattoos on the wrong arm, too, every one of them.”
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told the band’s fan magazine So What! about the gig: “After some initial hesitation, I also donned the wig and shades (try playing MOTÖRHEAD songs when you have a three-foot black wig on and can’t see shit!!), and as we walked towards the Whisky stage (for the first time since supporting SAXON in 1982!!), the fucking look on people’s faces… classic. I started ‘Overkill’, immediately swallowed half the wig, but… who gives a fuck?! And off we [went]!”
THE LEMMYS‘ setlist was as follows:
02. Damage Case
03. Stone Dead Forever
04. Too Late, Too Late
05. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
06. We Are The Road Crew (Jason Newsted sings, Lemmy plays additional bass)
07. Overkill (reprise)
METALLICA and MOTÖRHEAD have long enjoyed a mutual admiration of one another’s work.
“In 1981, I ended up running some of the MOTÖRHEAD appreciation stuff and also following them around on tour,” Ulrich explained in an interview. “A few years later, when they were in L.A., I went down to the hotel room to see Lemmy. I started drinking and ended up passed out in his room having thrown up over myself. He took a picture of that and put it on one of MOTÖRHEAD‘s records.”
MOTÖRHEAD picked up its first Grammy in 2005 in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the band’s cover of METALLICA‘s “Whiplash”, which was featured on “Metallic Attack: Metallica – The Ultimate Tribute” album.
A sneak peek at MANOWAR’s latest recording session is available below. More details will be revealed soon.
MANOWAR has released highlights of its “The Lord Of Steel World Tour”on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.
“From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, ‘The Lord Of Steel’ world tour was a terrific experience,” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. “Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP. ‘The Lord Of Steel Live’ is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it.”
The album was mixed and mastered at MANOWAR’s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with longtime MANOWARengineer Dirk Kloiber.
The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.
Members of SLAYER released a statement on Thursday (May 9) saying that Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The guitarist had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman’s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.