Video of the Day: IMMORTAL’s Abbath Tears It Up with MOTORHEAD Tribute Band

Big time IMMORTAL nerds are aware that vocalist/guitarist Abbath also has a side project called BOMBERS.  The band is a great tribute to classic MOTORHEAD with Abbath doing the best impersonation of Lemmy possible.  Pretty awesome that BOMBERS has been around since ’96 and is still playing shows.

Check out this clip from a show they did in 2011.  They run through “No Class,” “Killed by Death,” “Jailbait,” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)“:

Video of the Day: The Godliness of Lemmy at Wacken 2013

Despite battling health issues, MOTORHEAD frontman Lemmy decided to go forward with the band’s performance at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany this past Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Here is the band’s official statement:

“The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down. They kicked ass in the 100+degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before, Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, MOTORHEAD will be back, don’t you worry!”

MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Live DVD, Appear on Gigantour

In celebration of MOTÖRHEAD 35 years on the road, on January 24th Motörhead Music/UDR is proud to present: The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else, a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s last tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn.

Songs from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digipack set, along with a series of extensive, in depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (including selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.

On January 26, MOTÖRHEAD make their return to the U.S. and Canada on the multi-bill festival, Gigantour, with MEGADETH, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. The tour will kick off on Jan. 26 in Camden, NJ and run through Feb. 28 in Denver, and will include stops in NY (Jan. 28) and Los Angeles (Feb. 24).

Concert Memories: METALLICA, MOTORHEAD @ The Whisky (12/14/95)

Back in 1995, I had heard on the radio of an upcoming MOTORHEAD show to celebrate 25 years of MOTORHEAD and Lemmy‘s 50th birthday. But the thing that made me really want to go to the show was the fact that there were other famous rock stars expected to make an experience. My initial guess was that someone like Slash would show up since he’s always been into live guest appearances in LA, and hey, that was good enough for me.

So back then I was a senior in high school and by then, hardly anyone was into metal and if they used to be, they had moved onto punk (i.e. PENNYWISE) or something else. The prospect of going to a show alone wasn’t as bad as it could seem to appear simply because my absolute love for heavy music more than compensated. So with a recently purchased MOTORHEAD No Remorse compilation in my cassette tape deck and a Thomas Guide map to guide me, I set off for my first trip to The Whisky.

I guess word had spread about the possibility of famous guests at the show as there was a line formed outside the venue when I arrived early. So as we were all standing in line along the wall of The Whisky, you could hear a band doing sound check. Out of nowhere you hear James Hetfield‘s unmistakable voice roaring over the music. Holy fuck! I wanted to scream out in excitement. My favorite band in the world was going to appear at the tiny little Whisky! I heard some other people in line wondering out loud whether that was James Hetfield or not but it didn’t seem to stir up any outward excitement.

Once we were all let in, the first band to go on was LA’s own DEMOLITION PIT. The band had made some headway in the local LA scene, especially with their appearances on 105.5 FM KNAC (the world’s first all hard rock/heavy metal radio station). The band’s PANTERA-influenced style went over well with the packed house.

The Whisky had TV screens around the club that would announce the next band to take the stage. As the crowd waited around for the next band, the words “METALLICA” came up on the TV screens. People went apeshit! Everyone had to pinch themselves. This was a dream come true. So I did what any metal maniac would do, I fought my way to the front of the stage to get the best view possible.
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Volcom Announces The Volcom Tour 2008 With MOTÖRHEAD, MISFITS, AIRBOURNE, VALIENT THORR and YEAR LONG DISASTER

Volcom Tour 2008 is almost upon us! Making a considerable move up in venue sizes and the inclusion of “legend” status bands, this year’s tour kicks off September 2nd and will be headlined by MOTÖRHEAD. This is MOTÖRHEAD’s first U.S. headlining tour in 7 years that will feature support from the MISFITS, AIRBOURNE and two Volcom Entertainment artists, VALIENT THORR and YEAR LONG DISASTER.

Tour dates:
Sep 02, 2008 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues *no MISFITS
Sep 03, 2008 San Diego, CA – House of Blues *no MISFITS
Sep 04, 2008 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Sep 06, 2008 Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
Sep 07, 2008 N. Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s Voodoo
Sep 09, 2008 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Sep 10, 2008 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Sep 12, 2008 St. Paul, MN – Myth
Sep 13, 2008 Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
Sep 14, 2008 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sep 16, 2008 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Sep 18, 2008 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Sep 19, 2008 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
Sep 20, 2008 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
Sep 21, 2008 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Parking Lot

Free JUDAS PRIEST Tickets with Album Purchase

While supplies last, when you purchase any configuration of the initial pressing of JUDAS PRIEST’s double disc concept album, Nostradamus (release date – June 17th), specially marked CD’s will contain an insert with a exclusive code inside the CD package for one free lawn ticket to see JUDAS PRIEST on selected dates of the Metal Masters Tour this summer. Visit www.judaspriest.com for details on this special offer. This seemingly too-good-to-be-true offer will be good while supplies last. Also, this offer will not pertain to all the dates of the Metal Masters Tour (see below for complete list of dates that the offer is good for).

The Metal Masters Tour will undoubtedly be the top metal concert attraction of the summer. In addition to a headlining performance by JUDAS PRIEST, fans will also be treated to sets by HEAVEN & HELL, MOTORHEAD, and TESTAMENT. “As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road,” enthuses PRIEST singer, Rob Halford. “The PRIEST is back!”

The album takes you on a nearly two-hour journey. It is without a doubt best looked at as a complete work as all true concept albums are. You can really see it living out on a stage. It sounds like PRIEST have truly created something special and once again lived up to their rightful billing as ‘Metal Gods’.”

As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Glenn Tipton explains: “We didn’t – he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!”

Tickets for all shows on sale now at www.livenation.com.

Offer good only for one of the following shows, while supplies last:

06-Aug-08 Camden, NJ
07-Aug-08 Bristow, VA
09-Aug-08 Holmdel, NJ
16-Aug-08 Pittsburgh, PA
19-Aug-08 Chicago, IL
22-Aug-08 Dallas, TX
23-Aug-08 Houston, TX
24-Aug-08 San Antonio, TX
27-Aug-08 Albuquerque, NM
28-Aug-08 Phoenix, AZ
30-Aug-08 San Bernardino, CA
31-Aug-08 Mountain View, CA

Metal Legends JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTORHEAD, and TESTAMENT Unite for Metal Masters Tour

After weeks of speculation, Live Nation has put together a killer package that is bound to go down as the heavy metal event of 2008 – JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTORHEAD and TESTAMENT will be touring together for the first time.

Dubbed “The Metal Masters Tour,” the fifteen-date U.S. trek kicks off August 6th at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning this weekend at www.livenation.com. JUDAS PRIEST will be supporting their epic concept album, Nostradamus, arriving June 17th via Epic Records, which tells the tale of the renowned 16th century prophet. A few tracks from Nostradamus will make their in-concert debut on “The Metal Masters Tour,” but the majority of PRIEST’s set list will include some of metal’s all-time classics, as well as fan favorites that span the quintet’s entire career. Without a doubt, this will be one of PRIEST’s most powerful sets ever.

HEAVEN AND HELL will be supporting the release of The Rules Of Hell, a five-CD boxed set available July 22nd from Rhino Records, which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums (Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Live Evil and Dehumanizer) in a deluxe package with new liner notes.

Perennial road rats MOTORHEAD will be offering a blistering barnstormer of a set spanning more than three decades of molar-rattling biker metal. A new studio album – the 20th of their storied career – is currently being recorded at their old pal Dave Grohl’s studio with an August release date targeted. Frontman Lemmy, named by the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper as “the nation’s greatest living Englishman,” blairs out, “Here it comes everybody, the test of your Metalness in 2008 and the years to come! Come one come all and be abused!”

Rounding out the line-up will be legendary thrash metal titans TESTAMENT, whose new album, The Formation of Damnation, (April 29th) displays TESTAMENT as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, “Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it.”

“As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road,” enthuses PRIEST singer, Rob Halford. “Thank you once again for your devotion and support. The PRIEST is back!”

This tour will be limited to fifteen very special engagements, and Citi cardmembers will have pre-sale access to tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program, available to all Citi cardmembers at www.privatepass.citi.com.

Metal maniacs seeking the ultimate concert experience can access unique VIP ticket and fan experience packages that offer premium seats, meet & greets, pre-concert parties and more brought to you by the band’s official websites,
www.judaspriest.com and www.heavenandhelllive.com.

VIP packages for the first events will be on sale by 10 a.m eastern time on Friday, April 25th. Also, not all VIP packages are the same, so be sure to pick the right one that suits you best.

See the official web sites for continually updated tour information and on-sale dates.

The dates are as follows:

Wed 06-Aug-08 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 26, 10 am
Thu 07-Aug-08 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Sat 09-Aug-08 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 26, 10 am
Sun 10-Aug-08 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 26, 10 am
Wed 13-Aug-08 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 25, 10 am
Sat 16-Aug-08 Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 25, 10 am
Mon 18-Aug-08 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Tue 19-Aug-08 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 25, 5 pm
Fri 22-Aug-08 Superpages.com Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Sat 23-Aug-08 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Sun 24-Aug-08 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Wed 27-Aug-08 Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Thu 28-Aug-08 Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Sat 30-Aug-08 Glen Helen Pavilion, San Bernardino, CA – PUBLIC ON SALE SOON
Sun 31-Aug-08 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA – PUBLIC ON SALE APRIL 27, 10 am

Drummer Adrian Erlandsson Quits CRADLE OF FILTH

Adrian Erlandsson has officially announced his departure from CRADLE OF FILTH after about seven years of service.  His announcement follows the recent release of CRADLE OF FILTH‘s latest album, Thornography, as well as his increased involvement with several new bands including NEMHAIN (which is fronted by Erlandsson‘s wife, fetish model Morrigan Hel; a.k.a. Amber England) and NEEDLEEYE.

The former AT THE GATES/THE HAUNTED drummer made the official announcement via his MySpace page:

“It’s finally official, i have parted ways with CRADLE OF FILTH. To concentrate on all other interesting musical projects that I have going at the moment.

“The main one is NEMHAIN. We have just filmed a video for the song called ‘Ana‘ so keep your eyes open for that. The music in NEMHAIN is very different to the other stuff that i have been in the past but it lies very close to bands that i grew up listening too like RAMONES, MOTORHEAD.

“The other band i am working with is currently unnamed. We have been working on songs since the beginning of this summer and believe me they CRUSH!!!!  The other members of the band will be made official very soon!! It is all serious players from across the globe that have left their mark on metal history in a big way with their past bands!!!  We are currently working on a demo and have nine CRUSHING songs to choose from so stay tuned!!!

“Metal as we know it today will be no more!!

“My official website is currently being redone and will be relaunced very soon!! In the meantime feel free to message me via myspace!!”