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Lemmy: Heavy metal icon passes away aged 70

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Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister AT Glastonbury music festival 2015. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister AT Glastonbury music festival 2015. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

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.

Metallica were one of many bands to pay tributes.

Metallica were one of many bands to pay tributes.

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.”

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Quo rock Llanelli

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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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St Davids Day concert Llanelli

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LLANELLI celebrated St Davids Day in style  as choirs and performers came together in concert at Theatre Ffwrnes on Saturday (Feb 28). Read the full report and see all the photos in next Friday’s Llanelli Herald. You can also watch The Herald’s film of the evening here.

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Have a peak at this week’s films in Llanelli Odeon

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IF YOU are thinking about visiting the cinema this week, The Llanelli Herald has compiled a guide of the films that are available to watch when visiting.

Below are the films listed for this week’s showing in Llanelli Odeon:

 

Daddy’s Home

220x320_5d3c25db791e9cea289f064198131b62Sarah has recently married Brad, a mild-mannered radio executive who’s trying to be the best step-dad he can to her kids. But now, ‘Daddy’s Home’, when Sarah’s ex-husband Dusty returns.

Brad is dedicated and kind, but a little uptight and not exactly cool. Dusty rides a motorbike and seems determined to make Brad look like an idiot. Soon, the two of them are locked in a dad versus step-dad battle for the children’s affection.

See Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell engage in an increasingly absurd display of one-upmanship in ‘Daddy’s Home’, and be thankful for the relative normalcy of your own family.

Joy

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Jennifer Lawrence reunites with her ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ director David O. Russell for the true story of ‘Joy’ Mangano, who founded a business empire that spanned four generations.

Joy grew up with a domineering father and put her life on hold when her parents divorced. But she eventually got sick of dealing with her family and struck out on her own, founding a hugely successful business. But big money always attracts the interests of the Mob.

Reuniting Lawrence, Russell, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ‘Joy’ is the story of one woman’s determination to take on the world, no matter the cost.

The Danish Girl

220x320_b47d6486a773b6ee735149f42cd97ee0Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne takes on his next great acting challenge for ‘The Danish Girl’, playing Lili Elbe, one of the first known people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Born Einar Wegener, she gradually realised that she was a woman trapped in a man’s body. In the 1920s, such a thing was unheard of. The surgery had never been attempted before. But it was Lili’s only chance to be the person she was supposed to be.

A moving drama about a timely, untold story, ‘The Danish Girl’ also stars Alicia Vikander and is directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper.

In The Heart Of The Sea

220x320_7947f65b8a684386ee6ba446989b6237‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ is the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which was attacked at sea by a terrifyingly large and ferocious bull sperm whale.

Shipwrecked over 1000 miles from land, the crew spend 90 days marooned on the ocean, desperately trying to escape the whale and get to South America. But with little in the way of food and water, they must turn to desperate measures to survive.

From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville, whose book ‘Moby-Dick’ was inspired by these events.

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

220x320_a764f3e828ef501d7c83ea272022b5f0One of cinema’s truly legendary franchises finally returns with the eagerly-awaited ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which sees a new generation of heroes fighting for the freedom of the galaxy.

We return to George Lucas’ beloved universe to find it dramatically changed, and a new enemy has risen from the Empire’s ashes. Fresh faces Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron must unite with old warriors Luke, Han and Leia. The Dark Side has awoken. But so has the Light.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ promises a heart-stopping return to the Galaxy Far, Far Away, bringing the iconic franchise roaring back. May the Force be with you.

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