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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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John Owen-Jones announces a special Christmas Concert in Llanelli.

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AWARD winning John Owen-Jones (Les Miz/Phantom) will be performing at a special Christmas concert at Theatre Ffwrnes in his hometown of Llanelli to support the release of his new Christmas album. 

The recording has some traditional Christmas tracks, some personal favourites and two brand new Christmas songs.  One co-written with Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar/The Storys) and a previously unheard song from the vaults of the legendary Les Reed (It’s Not Unusual/Delilah) and Bill Martin (Puppet On A String/Congratulations). 

The album also includes a duet with West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis (Wicked/Cats) and will surely be the must have Christmas cd for fans of John’s unique voice!

John says: “I have wanted to record an album of Christmas songs for a very long time and finally found the opportunity to do it this year. I have put together an album full of classic Christmas songs that I love to listen to (and sing!) during the festive season, alongside a couple of not-so-well-known festive tunes that I adore. I also had the opportunity to co-write some new songs for this album which is something I am really excited about. I can’t wait for people to hear this album and I hope that they love the songs, both old and new, as much as I do – and that after listening, they have a very merry Christmas!”

John Owen-Jones celebrated his 50th birthday this year and to mark the occasion he performed two sold out special concerts at Cadogan Hall that were also live-streamed internationally. 

Fans all over the world watched online the West End’s youngest ever ‘Jean Valjean’ and longest-running ‘Phantom’ perform some of his favourite tunes, with a live band. This summer John performed around the UK in a series of outdoor concerts with Only Men Aloud and Katherine Jenkins.

John is currently developing his own theatre-based podcast with fellow Broadway and West End star Alistair Brammer called ‘The Last Show on Earth’ that asks the important question: What show would you see if you had one night left on Earth?

At just 26, John became the youngest actor ever to play the role of ‘Jean Valjean’ in the West End and was the first British actor to play the role both in the West End and on Broadway. John Owen-Jones has also played the role of ‘The Phantom’ in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ nearly 2000 times – more than any other actor in the history of the West End production. 

John has so far released five albums, ‘John Owen-Jones’ (2009), ‘Unmasked’ (2012), ‘Rise’ (2015), ‘Bring Him Home’ (2016) and ‘Spotlight’ (2019).

https://s.disco.ac/qhggeseuywhg – ‘Now More Than Ever’ – lead track

https://s.disco.ac/mzmmzuzrbtza – ‘That Holiday Feeling’ (duet with Kerry Ellis) – Xmas track

Tickets for this very special Christmas concert are available from Theatr Ffwrnes Box Office from Midday on Wednesday 3rd November via Calling the Box office on 0345 226 3510 or online at  https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en and www.gigantic.com

The Christmas Album – Tracklisting:

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season

That Holiday Feeling (Featuring Kerry Ellis)

Holly Jolly Christmas

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland

Lullaby For Christmas Eve

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

On Christmas Eve

Please Come Home for Christmas Day

Now More Than Ever

Bonus Tracks:

River

May Each Day

O Holy Night

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Llanelli’s big night is back with a bang

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LLANELLI’S annual Christmas carnival is back, with a weekend of festive celebrations.

This year the town’s Christmas carnival capers will be a two-day event which will launch on Friday, November 19.

The carnival procession will leave Festival Fields, Pwll, at 6.15pm, taking its usual route and will arrive in town shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.45pm.

There will be a fun fair in Spring Gardens with a fireworks display marking the finale at 7.40pm.

This year the council has purchased a mixture of fireworks – traditional and low noise as part of its commitment to firework safety and to reduce the noise they can bring.

The road closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will start at 5.45pm until 8pm.

Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.

The festivities will continue into Saturday, with a Christmas themed food and drinks market.

There will be street entertainment (outside Boots) from 10am with guest artists including a Tom Jones tribute, Ysgol Y Strade choir and Burry Port’s Cor Meibion. Drag artist Ruby Slippers will be making an appearance along with local singer Hayley Paultyn and others.

The largest Christmas carnival in Wales, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Llanelli Round Table. 

The popular reindeer parade organised by Ymlaen Llanelli will be held on December 4 in the town centre.

Last year the carnival went virtual for the first time in its 43-year history due to the Covid pandemic and in line with national regulations.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for more info nearer the time.

Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We are delighted that the carnival is able to return this year and locals and visitors who travel to see this event deserve to have an occasion they can enjoy, however, we must remember that Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. We need to continue to remain vigilant and enjoy responsibly and by taking some simple steps such as wearing a mask will help protect ourselves as well as others around. And if you do have any symptoms then please stay at home.”

Anyone interested in entering a float in the carnival should contact Roger Bowen at Llanelli Round Table on 01554 750008.

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Excitement builds as Bollywood comes to Carmarthenshire

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LLANELLI’S Ffwrnes theatre is to host the red carpet premiere of a new Bollywood film that was partly shot in the town’s rugby stadium.

Bollywood Hollywood Production has chosen Carmarthenshire for the first Welsh screening of its new film Jungle Cry, based on the inspiring true story of 12 underprivileged and orphan children from Kalinga Institute in India’s Odisha region, following their triumphant journey to the International Junior Rugby Tournament held in the UK in 2007.

The rugby scenes were filmed in Wales, including at Llanelli’s Parc y Scarlets where the film’s match final was shot.

It features cameos by some of the sport’s top names, including international referee Nigel Owens, and Scarlets, Wales and British Lions fly half Phil Bennett – both from Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council, University of Wales Trinity St David and the Scarlets have joined the project as brand partners, and the council is hosting the exclusive invitation-only premiere at Y Ffwrnes on March 10 ahead of the film’s release to cinemas worldwide in April.

Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, said: “It’s an honour to host the Welsh premiere of Jungle Cry at Y Ffwrnes. We have been delighted to support the making of this film, which is based on a remarkable true story.

“We have worked hard to grow Carmarthenshire as a location for film and television productions because of the huge economic benefits it brings to the area, as we have seen with the likes of BBC drama Keeping Faith which has brought so much interest to Laugharne and Carmarthen.

“It is fantastic to see Llanelli taking pride of place on the silver screen as part of Jungle Cry. The Bollywood industry is massive and there will be a huge amount of interest in this film, which we hope will put Carmarthenshire on an even bigger international map.”

Jungle Cry tells the incredible true story of the 12 underprivileged children who came from one of India’s most tribal areas, playing sports bare foot, who went on to win to the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England, making Indian and British history.

It was produced by veteran Mumbai and Hollywood producer Prashant Shah, who has also produced the likes ofMy Name is Khan, and The Bruce Lee Project.

Bollywood comes to CarmarthenshireHe said: “Jungle Cry is truly an inspiring film that promotes education, sports and helps eradicate poverty and create patriotism for every nation and we are very excited to release it to a global audience of cinemagoers in April.”

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