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Motörhead is a British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, its follow on, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's foremost heavy metal groups.[1] More recent exposure has included providing wrestler Triple H's entrance music, performing live at WrestleMania events, and in 2005 receiving their first Grammy.


While Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, speed metal or thrash metal (and often regarded as a foundational influence on the latter two styles),[2] Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band's music simply as "rock n' roll".[3] Motörhead's approach has remained the same over the band's career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best; their appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs. Motörhead's lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and "life on the road." The band's distinctive fanged-face logo, Snaggletooth, with its oversized boars' horns, chains, and spikes, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums.


Motörhead picked up their first Grammy in the awards of 2005 in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash" on Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute.[30] From March until early May, the band toured the USA, and in June and August were on the '30th Anniversary' tour in Europe.[20] On 22 August, the band were the subject of an hour-long documentary entitled Live Fast, Die Old which was aired on Channel 4 as part of The Other Side series of documentaries, filmed by new and established directors.[31][32] On 20 September, a compilation album containing the band's appearances on BBC Radio 1 and a concert recording from Paris Theatre, London was released as BBC Live & In-Session. In October, the band toured Europe with Mondo Generator before returning to Great Britain to tour with In Flames and Girlschool in October and November. During the show at the Brixton Academy on November 19, Lemmy joined Girlschool on stage to play "Please Don't Touch". Motörhead finished the year's tours in December, with two gigs in New Zealand and five in Australia with Mötley Crüe.[20]


In 2006, the band performed a four date House Of Blues tour in the States in March with Meldrum and from June until early August playing at European open-air festivals with some indoor headlining shows. On October 28, the band performed at The Rock Freakers Ball in Kansas City before heading off to tour Great Britain with Clutch and Crucified Barbara. While that tour was still going, their next album, Kiss of Death, was released on 29 August via Sanctuary Records, a video was made for the song "Be My Baby". The tour ended with a gig on 25 November at the Brixton Academy, where Phil Campbell was guest guitarist for "Killed By Death" played during Crucified Barbara's support set. A further twelve shows in Europe with Meldrum took them through the end of November to early-December, the first two shows also featuring Skew Siskin.[20] In November, the band agreed a sponsorship deal with the Greenbank B under-10s football team from North Hykeham, Lincoln, putting the band's name as well as Snaggletooth on the team's shirts. The under-10s also run out to the "Ace of Spades" song. The deal was made due to Lemmy knowing Gary Weight, the team's manager, from years before. Weight "sent an email off to them and they came back and said it was a great idea" and hopes the deal will draw inspired performances from his team.[33] In June 2007, Motörhead played a gig at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown.


From March through to June 2008, the band convened in Los Angeles, California, with producer Cameron Webb to begin work on the Motörizer album. The drum tracks were recorded at Dave Grohl's studio. In an interview on the band's official site, Lemmy confirmed that the album will not feature artwork from Joe Petagno, the artist who designed many of their classic album covers. The album is to be released August 26th.


It has also been announced that Motorhead will be taking part in the Metal Masters Tour, alongside Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell and Testament.

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