THE FRONTMAN and founder of British heavy metal band Motorhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, has died at the age of 70. Motörhead announced via their Facebook page that Lemmy was diagnosed with cancer in his brain and neck on December 26, and passed away at his home with his family.
Lemmy, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister, created Motörhead in 1975 and was the band’s only recurring member, as both singer and bassist. He helped Motörhead release 23 albums who are most notably known for their 1980 song ‘Ace of Spades.’
Motörhead said on their Facebook page: “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”
The heavy metal icon has publically been struggling with his health for some time and in more recent years his illness has deteriorated. Lemmy had surgery in 2013 where an implantable defibrillator was placed into his chest.
He has previously cancelled shows due to his exhausted health and earlier this year Lemmy cut the middle of a song at a show in Texas to apologise to the crowd saying, “Sorry I can’t do it.” After rigorous chants of ‘Lemmy! Lemmy!’ from the crowd, he came back out to provide a sincere and emotional apology, and to discuss his health to his fans saying “I would love to play for you but I can’t, please accept my apology.”
Lemmy was born in Staffordshire on Christmas Eve of 1945 and lived in Anglesey as a child acquiring the nickname Lemmy whilst at school. His loud and fast paced playing style matched with his aggressive vocal growl helped place Motörhead as one of the pioneering forces for heavy metal – further influencing many bands in the following decades to start playing and creating metal music.
Motörhead’s advice to any fans or supporter of Lemmy are: “play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”
Many heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll musicians paid tributes to Lemmy after hearing of his passing.
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend.”
Alice Cooper also said: “I will see you on the other side. When we say ‘one of a kind’ in rock’n’roll, Lemmy was the epitome of that – one of the most beloved characters in rock’n’roll. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t adore Lemmy; you can’t say ‘heavy metal’ without mentioning Lemmy. Rock’n roll heaven just got heavier.”
The heavy metal band Metallica tweeted: “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We’re forever grateful for all of your inspiration.”
Queen’s Brian May also described Lemmy as “our utterly unique friend”, and Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, described Lemmy as “a true rock icon.”
Club Logic launch weekend – Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June
THIS WEEKEND is a date for your diary if you are a clubber or like live music and comedy as it is the launch of Club Logic, 12 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea SA4 4BX. Previously called The Rainbow Rooms, the venue has just undergone a full refurb with a change of decor and structural work both inside and out ready for the launch of Friday and Saturday nights at Club Logic.
There is also a new uprated sound system and a lighting rig going in so no expense has been spared to bring the venue up to date with the best that the industry has to offer. When asked about the changes Club Logic’s owner Jason Pufal said: “When we opened originally we had to make do with a large space and a simple lay out but for this refurb we wanted to make the venue more intimate. This has been done with structural changes and it should now have less of that warehouse feel to it”
This is just phase one of the improvements that they have planned for the venue and like any state of the art venue, Club Logic will evolve to meet the changing needs of its clientele thus giving their customers the best of what they have to offer, when and where it is needed. This policy of constant improvement is what gives Club Logic the edge over its competition and other late night watering holes in the locality.
Entertainment wise, they have looked at what has worked over the past 5 years and what hasn’t and have changed things round accordingly. From the launch date of Friday 28th this month there will be a monthly band night at the end of each month featuring local bands that are well loved by the audience and they will be introducing open microphone nights on the other Fridays so that anyone with a talent to perform is welcome to at Club Logic.
For the Saturdays they have looked at the nights where they bring in the big name artists and have made the decision to stop this policy and to concentrate on the assets they have already in their own resident DJs. After all it is the residents that play there every week and know the crowd and what they want to hear, so from the launch date onwards, there will just be themed nights like a monthly Trance event and House and Hard Dance etc, All under the brand name of Logic. There will be guest DJs but they will be local DJs who also understand the needs of the of the wants and needs of the customers.
With all of these changes going on at Club Logic the owners have been rushed off their feet as they are also working hard on the Logic Festival 4 which takes place on Saturday 7th September at Ynysforgan Farm and will be the biggest and best one yet with six arenas of DJ’s performing to an expected crowd of over 3000 people. This boutique dance festival offers the best in entertainment and features World class DJs and the best that Wales has to offer all under six canvassed roofs. Tickets are selling well and go up in price in July so get them while you can at the bargain price of £30.
Logic festival is back with a bigger and better line up
FANS of dance music in South Wales are in for a real treat this year as Logic Festival is returnins to Swansea on Saturday September 7.
The festival is now in its fourth year, and this time its bigger and better with bigger name DJs, more arenas and three licenced bars to keep you refreshed and ready to party. New for 2019 there are also six arenas of which one is a chill out area and the bigger name DJ’s make this the best event that Wales has to offer, without a doubt.
For those of you that know the Logic Festival history it will come as no surprise that the owners have gone all out for 2019 to bring a diverse line up of world class DJs playing alongside the best that Wales has to offer in DJ talent, with some returning names that had such a great time in 2018 that they just had to come again and witness the legendary Logic Festival atmosphere for themselves, first hand.
Returning this year are headliners in the both the Trance and Hard Dance arena’s, Judge Jules and Darren Styles. Making first appearances in the Trance Arena are Dance Anthems legend Dave Pearce, German superstar Scot Project and all the way from Israel is BLiSS the DJ/ guitarist who jams along to his own tracks! Not to be outdone the Hard Dance arena features sets from UK hard dance legend Andy Whitby and flying in from Germany is the infamous Uberdruck. He will be playing alongside two Italian Hardstyle titans Technoboy and Francesco Zeta who again have flown in specially for Logic Festival 4.
And completely new for 2019 is the Clubland Classix arena where revellers can hear some of the biggest and best dance anthems ever made being played by the likes of: Ian Van Dahl who will be performing a live PA, and DJ sets from N – Trance, 4 Strings, Flip and Fill, Breeze and Scott Brown. This is a welsh festival exclusive so don’t miss out on the only chance you will get in 2019 to see so many heroes of Clubland all under one roof.
With a bigger line up, comes a higher capacity and more amenities for the public like two extra bars that have been custom built to stop the bottleneck effect that the extra numbers will bring with the event, more toilets on site so that queuing can be avoided and for the first time ever, a proper chill out arena has been added playing laid back vibes all day which has been inspired by the Balearic sound of ibiza, the party capital of Europe.
When asked to comment on all of the new improvements, the festival organiser and Logic brand owner Jason Pufal said: “No expense has been spared this year to make Logic Festival 4 the best event it could possibly be, as a thank you to all of the loyal customers who come every year and make the event so special.”
“In preparation for the bigger crowd that we are expecting this year, due to the fact that we have in effect supersized Logic Festival 4, everything about the event will be improved for 2019 and we are greatly looking forward to opening the gates for 12 hours of solid dance music based entertainment.”
So if you want to witness the best in dance music in six fully covered arenas in 2019, there is only one destination to head for and that is: Logic Festival 4, Ynysforgan Farm, Morriston, Swansea on Saturday September 7th, with the gates opening at 11am. We hope to see you there amongst a crowd of thousands!
Quo rock Llanelli
THE LAST time Status Quo were in Llanelli was at the Glen Ballroom well before most reporters at The Herald were born. The line-up of Parfitt, Rossi, Lancaster and Coghlan, as well as the outfits, remained the same for most of the band’s life.
Before the gig at Parc y Scarlets, an announcement was made which stated that Rick Parfitt sent his apologies for not being able to play at the gig. Despite Parfitt’s absence, the sound remained the same: classic hard rock boogie with a sprinkling of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Around 6,000 Quo faithfuls packed into the South Stand with around 1,000 or more in the pit, which led Rossi to invite those seated in the stands to join the hardcore fans in the pit.
There were people of all ages in the audience, many sporting Quo t-shirts and plastic inflatable guitars, which ultimately came out along with a bit of head banging for most of Quo’s set.
Quo’s set was preceded by two other fantastic bands who really did a fine job of warming up the crowd. The Jokers and The Departed raised the noise level to close to 11 and, with youth on their side, gave us all what is expected of a good hard rock band. There was plenty of noise, lots of thrashing of hair and guitars, lots of leather, tight trousers and superb music.
They were hard acts to follow but there can be little doubt that Status Quo smashed it on the night and proved why they have been in the industry for so long and are still ranked as one of the UK’s top rock bands.
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