Tour Feb 2014: “I have to let you know that sadly Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014. We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don’t worry – I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fit and strong. It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn’t quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would’ve disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble. Your patience and understanding is appreciated…and know that I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then. Thank you all, Lemmy”
On November 25th, Motörhead’s 21st studio album will be on sale in the shops in the UK. Aftershock was recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, and is a true leveller, a crushing confirmation of everything Motörhead stands for, fourteen belting statements which see Motörhead in perhaps their best writing form for years: there’s swagger, there’s punch, there’s speed and there’s dirty filthy grooves – Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee showing clearly that Motörhead is not simply a band, it’s a genre! That genre, more than ever, resonates with hearty independence and swashbuckle. Whether it’s “Heartbreaker” throwing hooks and riffs into your head, the double-kick concussiveness of “Paralyzed” with Campbell’s fuelled attack, or the thunderous ride-off-the-Rickenbacker Motörcharge of “Going To Mexico”, Aftershock takes gleeful twists and turns which re-announce the Motörlegend. There’s the smokey biker bar blues in the shape of “Dust And Glass”, Lemmy’s late-night vocals evoking last-call and melancholy, the pogo-powered punk-spiked stab of “Queen Of The Damned” and the deliciously steamy, humid mournful “Lost Woman Blues” which midway through decides to kick over the stool and stomp out the saloon door.
“Steal it if you must, buy it if you can!” says Lemmy, who’s pride in the album is so immense that guests to his home and dressing room in the last couple of months have been treated to extremely loud airings of the rough mixes, while Phil Campbell adds, “I really think the variation on the album shows that we’ve dug deep and produced some of our best work for a long time.” “It is,” says Mikkey Dee, “a really, really strong Motörhead album, one that really does define everything this band stands for.” He’s not wrong. Because Motörhead are Motörhead… and their Aftershock will be felt worldwide…
In October Classic Rock Magazine presented Motörhead’s ‘Aftershock’ as a limited edition fanpack which features the new album in full plus a 132 page magazine that forms the ‘ultimate sleevenotes’ to the new album, with extensive and exclusive interviews with Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. Inside is everything you need to know about ‘Aftershock’ and the world of Motorhead in 2013: the making of the album, new features covering all eras of the band’s career from 1975-2013, and tons of unseen pics. Plus a giant Motorhead poster and exclusive car sticker.
AFTERSHOCK is available in the shops and online on November 25th, on the UDR label. Track listing: Heartbreaker / Coup de Grace / Lost Woman Blues / End Of Time / Do You Believe / Death Machine / Dust And Glass / Going To Mexico / Silence When You Speak To Me / Crying Shame / Queen Of The Damned / Knife / Keep Your Powder Dry / Paralyzed
REVISED UK TOUR DATES 2014
Thursday, February 13th GLASGOW Academy
Friday, February 14th NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sunday, February 16th MANCHESTER Apollo
Monday, February 17th WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Wednesday, February 19th LONDON Brixton Academy
Thursday, February 20th NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall