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Motorhead: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

JUST GONE 7.30 and the punter queue is already half in. About a thousand punks, bikers, 'Awkwind 'Eadbangers and 48 hour fun-makers have turned up ...

Motorhead Guitarist Is Running On All Cylinders

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 10 October 1986

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 ...

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Motörhead (1981)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, 29 March 1981

The classic Lemmy, Fast' Eddie Clarke, Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor line-up talk talk about getting hammered in the press (and the studio!), staying close to their fans, and their friendship with the Damned.

File format: mp3; file size: 8.5mb, interview length: 10' 35" sound quality: *****

Lemmy (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1991

From his arrival in swinging London in the mid-'60s, through Hawkwind and on to Mötörhead, with asides on drug dealing (and taking), the Ladbroke Grove scene, and discussions on WW2 and tattoos!

File format: mp3; file size: 93mb, interview length: 1h 41' 32" sound quality: **

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Motorhead: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 26 July 1975

A PRE-RECORDED tape of Adolf Hitler shouts and jack boot stomps heralded Motorhead's debut concert act London's Chalk Farm Roundhouse on Sunday and, indeed, the ...

Motörhead: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 26 July 1975


Motorhead: Running In

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 16 August 1975

'Loud, raucous, arrogant, fast, city, paranoid, speedfreak rock and roll. But mainly very loud'. That's what Lemmy says Motorhead's music is. Geoff Barton reports ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

Heavy metal fatigue ...

Blue Öyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 25 October 1975

SUPPORT ACT Lemmy's Motorhead played the second worst set I've ever seen. The only past concert I can think of that surpasses it, in terms ...

Pink Fairies, Motorhead, Strife: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 13 November 1976

Oh, wart a night ...

The Damned/The Adverts/Motorhead: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 30 April 1977

I FIRST saw the Damned at the Roundhouse last November. Shortly after the release of 'New Rose'. Although the 45 had been successful the set ...

Motorhead, Mighty Diamonds et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 25 June 1977


Motörhead: Pulling Out of the Pits

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 2 July 1977

"GET OUT of the f––––– way. We’ve got a concert to do." ...

Motorhead: Motorhead (Chiswick WLK 2)*****

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, 20 August 1977



Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

Sunrise, wrong side of another day,Sky high, and six thousand miles awayDon't know, how long I been awakeWound up, in an amazin 'state Can't get ...

Is Gaye Well Equipped? Will These Boys Show You Their Equipment?

Report and Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, 1 October 1977

How easy is it to start your own band? How much does it cost? Rosalind Russell looks at 999's equipment and goes round the shops ...

Motorhead: Motorhead

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, December 1977

I'VE FELT A LOT of things about a lot of bands over the years, but pity isn't one of the most common. ...

Various Artists: Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chriswick Chartbusters Vol. 2) (Chiswick)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 April 1978



Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 23 September 1978


Motörhead: The Unholy Three

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 3 March 1979


A State of Semioutofitness — 12 Hours on the Road with Motorhead

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 14 July 1979

MOTORHEAD'S DRUMMER Phil Taylor was bent double with his backside pressed against a window, his head down by his knees, his flies open and his ...

Motorhead: Oy Lemmy, Is It True?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 25 August 1979

AH, the sheer classicism of the three-piece rock band. ...

Motorhead, Saxon: City Hall, Newcastle

Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 24 November 1979

Beyond the wall of sound ...

Motorhead: The Year Of The Gory Boys

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1980

IT'S STILL ONE of the greatest pleasures known to man: dig out the Motorhead albums, crank every knob, climb every wall and blister blissfully in ...

Motörhead: Bomber (Bronze BRON523)

Review by Jim Green, Trouser Press, March 1980

LISSEN, HOW the b'jeezus can these guys be considered hip by anyone besides a Hell's Angel (and an English one at that)? I mean, look ...

Motörhead: Must We Fling This Filth At Our Pop Kids

Interview by Ronnie Gurr, Record Mirror, 7 June 1980

RONNIE GURR thinks we should and MOTÖRHEAD want to get even dirtier. ...

Motorhead: Ace Of Spades (Bronze)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 25 October 1980

BUZZARDS CIRCLE high above the heads of the three outlaws standing silently waiting far out in the arid badlands of New Mexico. Suddenly, the tranquility ...


Report by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, 27 November 1980

Pete Silverton (brave man) takes his gas mask (phew!) and his earplugs (that's better) to meet Motörhead (well known environmental hazard). Talk about angels with dirty ...

Monsters Of Rock (Polydor PD-1-6311); Motorhead: Ace of Spades (Mercury SRM-1-4011)

Review by Jim Green, Trouser Press, February 1981

HEAVY METAL at its stalest has few rivals in the all-time tedium stakes. Monsters of Rock, recorded live at Castle Donington in Britain, is not ...


Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Trouser Press, May 1981

"NOISE IS A big part of Motorhead mania" says the stark black lettering inside one of the band's tour brochures. Immediately below it is a ...


Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 6 June 1981

TWO LUVLY black eyes, oh what a surprise. Or more to the point, OWWW! what a surprise. I know it's traditional for hacks to liken ...

Motorhead: Scumbags Over USA

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 6 June 1981

Mick Farren and Motorhead Lemmy, long time partners in slime and former Ladbroke rogues, meet up in a bar in Passaic, New Jersey, to discuss ...

Motorhead: No Sleep Til Hammersmith (Bronze)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 13 June 1981

AXES ON their shoulders, blood on their palms, grease in their hair, gaps in their teeth, something or nothing on their mind, squeezing the universe ...

Motörhead: No Sleep 'Till Hammersmith (Mercury)

Review by Jim Farber, Creem, December 1981


Motorhead/Tank: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 3 April 1982

HOLY MIGRAINE, Batman, howcomes my brain feels like Ardiles just borrowed it for a kickabout and put it back upside down? And who the hell ...

Motörhead: The Rank Organisation!

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 10 April 1982

MARK COOPER probes beneath the scum on the surface of rock's greasy snipers. MOTÖRHEAD An interview that squeezes the spots other music papers can't reach. ...

Motorhead, Saxon: Hackney Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Kerrang!, 12 August 1982

"I DON'T know if it's possible, but there is a fellow over here who wants it turned up." Lemmy has a great sense of humour. ...

Motorhead & The Plasmatics: Tammy Can You Hear Me?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 18 September 1982

A DREAM or a nightmare, in retrospect it still sounds like the kind of project so daft that both parties involved would, by virtue of ...

Motorhead Gives Good Show!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1982

SURE AIN'T NO Howard Johnsons. There's a woman in the lobby looks like a Kentucky Fried Chicken leg let loose in Freddie Mercury's wardrobe; all ...

Motorhead: Another Perfect Day (Bronze)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 4 June 1983

THE SPIRIT of this group was probably born in a flop single made Screaming Lord Sutch in 1964. It was called ‘Jack The Ripper’, and ...

Fastway: Unholy Spawn Of The Dual Metallicus

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, December 1983

NOTHING (except the last Journey single) lasts forever. Six-and-a-half years they were together. 6 and 1/2. Plenty of time to emerge as ...

The Motorhead Mode

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Creem, December 1983

HE'S BEEN USING speed for years, and he plays in a heavy metal band with the most obnoxious album cover art ever. So one doesn't ...

Motörhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, 17 November 1984


Motorhead: No Remorse (Bronze/Island)

Review by Don Snowden, The Boston Phoenix, 8 January 1985

IF THE HEAVY-METAL aesthetic boils down to regular Joes recasting themselves in larger-than-life molds, ring up a sterling success for Motorhead, who play the nightriding ...

Motörhead: Loving Them Like Reptiles

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, June 1985

MOTÖRHEAD ARE so fucking LOUD my ears are already bolting for the door so they can hop a bus and flee home to the security ...

Motorhead: Antiques Roadshow

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1985

Ten years on and Lemmy's still there with a new bunch of salacious characters. Kris Needs plays the generation game ...

No Sleep 'Til San Diego: Motorhead

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 7 October 1986

IT'S BEEN A TOUGH five years for Motorhead. The English heavy metal quartet, which appears Saturday in Santa Monica, Sunday in San Bernardino and in ...

Motörhead, Megadeth: Kaiser Centre, Oakland

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 13 November 1986

'Head Over Heels! ...

Motorhead: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Ben Thompson, New Musical Express, 27 October 1987

"IF WE moved in next door to you your lawn would die" Lemmy once proclaimed gleefully. To a 12-year-old HM fan like myself, Motorhead always ...

Motörhead: Metal Guru

Profile and Interview by David Toop, Spin, December 1987

T-shirts may change, but Motörhead goes on. ...


Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, July 1989

As we've found on occasion, it can be a dangerous thing to assign an interview to Christine Natanael. No such problem here. We've found the ...

Motorhead: Don't Lemmy Be Misunderstood

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 2 February 1991

Where would today's corpse-violating moshing madmen be without grebo gurus MOTORHEAD? Where indeed, cackles decent, fun-loving working class Tory and all-round smart geezer Lemmy and ...

Lemmy: Just Say… Yes!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1991

Lemmy did not get where he is today by shying away from all the doubtful pleasures the rock'n'roll life can offer. As the grand old ...

Motörhead: Meltdown

Review by Paul Elliott, Vox, September 1991

FIFTY-NINE MOTORTUNES in one three-CD package? Now that's overkill. Meltdown is near perfect both as an introduction to Motörhead and as a means of replacing ...

In Bed With Lemmy

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1996

When were you first aware of the birds and the bees? ...

Larry Wallis: The Importance Of Being Stiff

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, July 2002

IF YOU KNOW anything about Stiff Records, the first great maverick Indy label of the punk-era British 1970s, you’ll know Larry Wallis. Author of one ...

Motörhead: 25 And Alive – Live At Brixton ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 16 January 2004

EARLY DURING this concert – recorded in 2000 to celebrate 25 years of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister's favourite band – the music stops. "If you aren't ...

Motorhead's Phil Campbell

Interview by Steven Rosen,, 2 August 2006

FOR SOMEWHERE around 31 years now, Motorhead has been revving it up, cranking it out, and laying it down, a juggernaut of heavy metal that ...

NWOBHM: Never Mind The Bollocks

Retrospective by Paul Elliott, MOJO, February 2007

Threatened by punk, Led Zep, Sabbath and Purple came under fire in 1977. A year later Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon led a New ...

Lemmy: The Oldest Rocker In Town

Interview by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 9 June 2007

THE SUN hammers down on the French Riviera like a vengeful Old Testament god. With temperatures topping 90 degrees, the beach at Nice is heaving ...

Motörhead: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, November 2010

AS EMPIRES CRUMBLE, civilisations teeter and whole economies implode, only Motörhead remain comfortingly changeless in an ever-changing world. ...

Everything Louder: Remembering Lemmy

Retrospective by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, 31 December 2015

EVERY MOTÖRHEAD concert I can recall began with these words from Lemmy: "We are Motörhead and we play rock 'n' roll." So simple, so succinct, ...

The 30 best live concert albums of all time

Guide by Ian Winwood, Daily Telegraph, 22 April 2020

LAST WEEK, A STORY appeared in the New York Times that predicted that live music would not return to the world's stages until the autumn ...

see also Fastway

see also Hawkwind

see also Lemmy

see also Larry Wallis


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