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MOTÖRHEAD To Unleash Official RÖAD CREW Beer In The U.S. On June 23rd!

MOTÖRHEAD To Unleash Official RÖAD CREW Beer In The U.S. On June 23rd!

MOTÖRHEAD are excited to announce June 23, 2018 as the official U.S. launch date for their Röad Crew beer, brewed by Kalamazoo, MI’s Arcadia Brewing Company.

Music fans and beer lovers alike are invited to the official launch party, taking place at Arcadia’s Riverfront Brewery, Pub and Beer Garden, incorporating Lemmy’s Loungein Kalamazoo, MI. The party will begin at 3:00 PM and will include live music from the rock band Bonehawk, MÖTORHEAD tribute Band Kilmister, and Detroit metal band Anguish. In between bands, the Bangarang Circus group will entertain with burlesque, aerial and fire-breathing acts.

Please click this invite link to reserve your spot as space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-brewing-company-8527351525

I’m very happy to say that Röad Crew beer is now out in the U.S.,” says MOTÖRHEADdrummer Mikkey Dee. “It’s been way too long, but now it has arrived. I encourage our North American friends to get out there and enjoy it right now!” 

Röad Crew is an American IPA and sits around 6.2% ABV. This is a crushable hop-forward India Pale Ale with attitude that showcases a floral and citrussy hop character with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Röad Crew beer is perfect for all rock, beer and hop heads and goes down especially well whilst listening to MOTÖRHEAD at a wonderfully obscene, lawn-killing volume. Röad Crew will be available in bottles, cans, keg and even cask.

Röad Crew will be available initially in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.. There will be further regional launches throughout the U.S. in the near future, with the goal of providing every rock and beer fan with the beer that’s “LÖUDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE”.

For further information regarding Röad Crew coming to your favorite retail location, please check www.motorhead-beer.com for updates or the official MOTÖRHEAD Beer FacebookInstagram pages.

ABOUT MOTÖRHEAD:
An English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, MOTÖRHEAD quickly rose to great prominence in the British punk and heavy metal scenes. Although they changed their line-up several times, MOTÖRHEAD never compromised or changed their unique, raging sound, which saw the band and their music become a lifestyle for many people from all genres, whether rockers, punks or alternative.

As a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40. The albums OverkillBomberAce of Spades and particularly No Sleep ’till Hammersmith cemented MOTÖRHEAD‘s reputation as a top-tier rock band. The band is ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. As of 2018, their Grammy-winning sound has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide. Road dogs extraordinaire, for the last 20+ years of their career, MOTÖRHEAD were Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell, and drummer Mikkey Dee. In early 2015 they entered the studio to begin work on Bad Magic, which was released in late August 2015. It quickly became one of the band’s most successful albums, but sadly, Lemmy passed away on December 28, 2015. The band’s last record turned out to be a recording of two typically blistering sold-out shows from the Bad Magic tour, at Munich’s Zenith concert hall only a month prior to his passing.

MOTÖRHEAD released 22 studio albums, 13 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and four EPs over a career spanning 40 years. The MOTÖRHEAD legacy (and lifestyle) lives strongly on through their music and loyal fans.

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ABOUT ARCADIA BREWING COMPANY:
For over 22 years, Arcadia has been committed to a British-inspired American-brewed stable of beers. Arcadia aspires to brew beers that achieve brilliance through balancing ingredients that satisfy the senses with complex flavors whilst providing pure refreshment that leaves you wanting more.

Established in 1996, Arcadia’s commitment to creating world-class beers has been recognized with medals from the World Beer Cup (Silver-Loch Down Scotch Ale), Great American Beer Festival (Gold-Barrel Aged Cereal Killer Barleywine, Silver-Cereal Killer Barleywine and Silver-Arcadia IPA).

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Motörhead’s Röad Crew Beer Is Set To Take America By Storm!

Motörhead’s Röad Crew Beer Is Set To Take America By Storm!

MotörheadCamerons Brewery, and Global have announced that Röad Crew is officially coming to the USA and being brewed by Arcadia Brewing Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This American IPA will sit around 6.2% ABV, a crushable hop-forward India Pale Ale with attitude that showcases a floral and citrusy hop character with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Röad Crew beer is perfect for all rock, beer and hop heads and goes down especially well whilst listening to Motörhead at a wonderfully obscene, lawn-killing volume.  Röad Crew will be available in bottles, cans, keg and even cask.Arcadia Brewing Co. was founded 1996 by Tim Suprise and is located on the riverfront in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a highly-regarded Craft Beer community, which is the original home to Gibson Guitars for 80+ years as well as Heritage Guitars and Kalamazoo Guitar Company.

“We began our trek into the Craft Beer world 22 years ago inspired by world-class, British-inspired beers, and becoming a partner with British icons Mötorhead, Camerons and Global Merchandising to bring Röad Crew to fans of great beer and heavy metal here in the US has our volume dial pegged to the max.” Tim Suprise – Arcadia Founder

Röad Crew was launched by Camerons in December 2015 and has gone on to be a massive success being exported to 22 countries and placed in 1200+ locations within the first 12 months in the UK, while also having major supermarket listings throughout the UK.

ABOUT MOTÖRHEAD:
An English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, Motörhead quickly rose to great prominence in the British punk and heavy metal scenes. Although they changed their line-up several times, Motörhead never compromised or changed their unique, raging sound, which saw the band and their music become a lifestyle for many people from all genres, whether rockers, punks or alternative.

As a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40. The albums OverkillBomberAce of Spades and particularly No Sleep ‘till Hammersmith cemented Motörhead’s reputation as a top-tier rock band. The band is ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. As of 2018, their Grammy-winning sound has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide. Road dogs extraordinaire, for the last 20+ years of their career, Motörhead were Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell, and drummer Mikkey Dee. In early 2015 they entered the studio to begin work on Bad Magic, which was released in late August 2015. It quickly became one of the band’s most successful albums, but sadly, Lemmy passed away on December 28, 2015. The band’s last record turned out to be a recording of two typically blistering sold-out shows from the Bad Magic tour, at Munich’s Zenith concert hall only a month prior to his passing.

Motörhead released 22 studio albums, 13 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and four EPs over a career spanning 40 years. The Motörhead legacy (and lifestyle) lives strongly on through their music and loyal fans.

www.imotorhead.com || Facebook: @OfficialMotorhead || Twitter: @myMotorhead || Instagram: @officialmotorhead || YouTube: Motörhead Official

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MOTÖRHEAD Salute David Bowie With Iconic Music Video For “Heroes” Cover

MOTÖRHEAD Salute David Bowie With Iconic Music Video For “Heroes” Cover

Celebrating their love of interpreting the music of fellow legends and giving it a thorough ‘Motörheading’, MOTÖRHEAD recently announced the release of their upcoming covers compilation album, Under Cöver – a collection of some of their best covers.

Today, MOTÖRHEAD have released a never-before-heard cover and music video of David Bowie‘s timeless classic “Heroes”. The music video features massive performance footage and heartwarming behind the scenes images and video of the band. Recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, “Heroes” was one of the last songs MOTÖRHEAD recorded together. Listen now, exclusively via Rolling Stone or check out the video below:

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent), “Rockaway Beach,” (The Ramones), Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) and “Whiplash” (Metallica) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.
 
Under Cöver will be available in 1CD (Digi pack), 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in gatefold, Super Deluxe Boxset (1CD digipack, 1x 180 grams black vinyl, patch and VIP guest pass), Digital Audio and MFiT Audio.

Pre-order here:
CD: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverCD
Vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverLP
Boxset: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverBS
iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverIT

Under Cöver Track Listing:
1. Breaking the Law (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
3. Heroes (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
4. Starstruck (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Produced by Peter Solley) 1992

6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10.Shoot ‘Em Down (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (Produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

All songs performed by MOTÖRHEAD.

MOTÖRHEAD is:
Lemmy Kilmister – Bass/Vocals
Phil Campbell – Guitar
Mikkey Dee – Drums

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MOTÖRHEAD to Release “Under Cöver” Album On September 1st

MOTÖRHEAD to Release “Under Cöver” Album On September 1st

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned ‘Motörheading’.  To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge.

In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release Under Cöver, a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie’s timeless classic “Heroes”.  Recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, and was one of the last songs the band recorded together.

Under Cöver will be available in 1CD (Digi pack), 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in gatefold, Super Deluxe Boxset (1CD digipack, 1x 180 grams black vinyl and VIP guest pass), Digital Audio and MFiT Audio.

Pre-order links as follows:

CD: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverCD

Vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverLP

Boxset: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverBS

iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverIT

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”
To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent), “Rockaway Beach,” (The Ramones), Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) and “Whiplash” (Metallica) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.

“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now!” affirms Campbell, whilst Dee says, “We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”

If that doesn’t have you scrambling for your music delivery device, then check your pulse pronto. Or just start scrambling for a copy of Under Cöverimmediately. You won’t be sorry.

Under Cöver Track listing
1. Breaking the Law (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
3. Heroes (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
4. Starstruck (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Produced by Peter Solley) 1992

6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10.Shoot ‘Em Down (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (Produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

All songs performed by MOTÖRHEAD

MOTÖRHEAD is:
Lemmy Kilmister – Bass/Vocals
Phil Campbell – Guitar
Mikkey Dee – Drums

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Rainbow Bar and Grill Patio Dubbed “Lemmy’s Lounge” In Honor of Rock Icon

Rainbow Bar and Grill Patio Dubbed “Lemmy’s Lounge” In Honor of Rock Icon

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Heavy rock legends MOTÖRHEAD, in collaboration with West Hollywood’s famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip, have agreed to dedicate their patio to Lemmy Kilmister and re-name it ‘Lemmy’s Lounge’ in memory of rock’s greatest frontman. It is a fitting gesture from the Rainbow, as when Lemmy wasn’t touring or recording, the majority of his waking hours were spent on said-patio. There is already a life size bronze statue immortalizing Lemmy at The Rainbow, which attracts fans from all over the world, and Lemmy’s Lounge will allow hardcore fans and casual patrons alike to sample the wares and atmosphere that Lemmy loved so much.

To celebrate Lemmy’s Lounge, Roxy owner Nic Adler and Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett have kindly agreed to allow the painting of a celebratory mural commemorating the life of Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD on the side wall of the Roxy, opposite Lemmy’s Lounge and statue.

MOTÖRHEAD‘s management are seeking a local LA muralist painter that is interested in the opportunity to provide their services to paint this immortal artwork in celebration of our fallen hero’s life. Interested parties should fill the form at www.lemmyslounge.com to submit their resume.

The closing date for submissions is December 24, 2016.

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THAT METAL SHOW: The Biggest Names In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Confirmed For Season 14

THAT METAL SHOW: The Biggest Names In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Confirmed For Season 14

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With the recent announcement of Geddy Lee and John Petrucci on the season premiere of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show,” more guests have been confirmed for what promises to be the most diverse season in the show’s history. Recently confirmed guests for this season are “That Metal Show” alumni Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian of Anthrax, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali. This season marks first-time appearances for punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides. Motörhead and David Coverdale from Whitesnake are confirmed to appear on the show via the “Metal Modem.” More guest confirmations will be announced at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 14 will continue the trend with John Petrucci of Dream Theater making his first-ever appearance on the debut episode. Other confirmed performers are TMS alumni Alex Skolnick of Testament, John 5 of Rob Zombie/John 5 Trio, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, and Frank Hannon of Tesla. Making their TMS musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, and TMS favorite, the berserker, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. TMS first timers will be double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, and Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens.

Kicking off what’s guaranteed to be the best season of “That Metal Show” yet, Rush’s Geddy Lee has been confirmed for the debut episode. He will be making his second appearance on the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. The episode will premiere on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening.

Season 14 will also mark the return of some notable segments including “TMS Top 5,” “Rank” and “Take It Or Leave It.” The popular “Stump The Trunk” segment will also be returning as audience members go out of their way to test Eddie Trunk’s vast knowledge for a chance to win a prize and see everyone’s favorite Ms. Box Of Junk, Jennifer, who is also returning for the new season. Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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MOTÖRHEAD To Release New Album “Aftershock” On October 22nd

MOTÖRHEAD To Release New Album “Aftershock” On October 22nd

Coming In October

Coming In October

Like the juggernaut you prayed would keep on crushing you, like the friend that still royally pisses off your parents and like a loyal standard of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy screw-you rock’n’roll, MOTÖRHEAD stride out through their 38th year brandishing more swagger and attitude then your ears could begin to comprehend.

On October 22, 2013, MOTÖRHEAD will deliver their 21st studio album, an enormous and prophetic Aftershock. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, it is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 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 thatMOTÖRHEAD 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 smoky 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.

Aftershock 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

Aftershock is available in four different formats, wherever music is sold! The album can be purchased in CD (limited edition digipack), CD (jewel case), Vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP), and digital formats. A North American pre-order will be announced in the coming weeks.

“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 are MOTÖRHEAD…and their Aftershock will be felt worldwide…

Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:

Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy

Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead

Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com

 

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RAISE YOUR FIST: Doro Pesch Discusses Her Career, New Album and More!

RAISE YOUR FIST: Doro Pesch Discusses Her Career, New Album and More!

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Doro Pesch burst onto the metal scene during its prime in the early ‘80s as the front woman of Warlock. Armed with an amazing voice and dazzling good looks, Doro took the testosterone heavy musical genre by storm. Sixteen albums and 30 years later, she continues to deliver some of the best metal tracks in the business and plans to continue – there is no rest for the wicked. Her latest album, “Raise Your Fist,” covers the full spectrum of her talents including ballads, old school metal, head bangers, and stadium anthems. Clocking in at just over 52 minutes, it includes guest spots by Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, a blazing guitar solo by Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne fame, and an amazing song dedicated to her good friend Ronnie James Dio. Steve Johnson of Icon vs Icon recently sat down with Doro to discuss her influences, her evolution as a musician, her tribute to Dio, and, of course, all things concerning “Raise Your Fist.”

First off, I want to give our readers a little background on you. How did music first come into your life?

At a very early age. I fell in love with music when I was 4 years old. The first song I really went crazy for was “Lucille” by Little Richard. There was no stopping it. I wanted to become a singer and form a band. It took many, many more years and when I was 16 I had my first band. It was called Snakebite. Then I had many more bands. In 1982 we formed Warlock. With Warlock we actually had really big success. We had our first record in 1983 called “Burning the Witches.” We did more records, then I went to America in 1986 for a little promotion tour. I fell in love with New York! It was the first city I stayed in! I wanted to stay! There we recorded one of our best records, it was called “Triumph and Agony.” It came out in 1987. We played tons off of this record. One of the songs is called ‘“All We Are,” which was put on MTV in heavy rotation. That song did so much good for us. We did another record and then we had some legal problems where we changed our manager. The old manager wanted to keep the name. We had a couple of lawsuits and it got pretty ugly. We loved the name Warlock, but we couldn’t perform anymore under the name Warlock. It was very disappointing to us. The record company said, “Hey. How about you call it DORO and when everything gets solved you can call it Warlock again.” We said, “OK. Let’s do that.” So, we did many records under the name DORO. It took 20 years to get the name Warlock back. I have it back now, but we continue under the name DORO. Now record number 16 just came out. It’s called “Raise Your Fist.” For 30 years I’ve been doing hard rock and metal and loving it. I’ve totally dedicated my life to the music.

Metal Legend Doro Pesch

Metal Legend Doro Pesch

Who would you cite as your greatest musical influences?

My first rock concert was Whitesnake and David Coverdale. It was 1980 and oh … I was blown away! My second concert was Judas Priest and Accept. My third concert was Ronnie James Dio. I was so inspired by them. Then there were the bands of the new wave of British heavy metal like Saxon, Motorhead, Raven and WASP. I love them all. I would say every single band had a tremendous influence. I was a big KISS fan. I was in the KISS Army when I was 13 years old. Later on, I had the great chance to meet the guys in KISS and to work with Gene Simmons. He produced one of our records, which was a dream come true. All of these great musicians and bands left a big impression. Once you listen to them, it influences you in a way that you want to do really good and that you want to do something that makes people happy or captures people’s heart and soul. I loved Ronnie James Dio’s records. We had the great chance to tour with him in 1987, which was awesome! We got to tour with Judas Priest in 1986. There was a time when I quit my job. I wasn’t only a musician. I was a graphic artist. Ever since then, every day I am doing music. It’s great! The best part of it is that the people you admire come watch you and eventually you meet them, or you get to tour together, or play together. It’s the reason Lemmy is on this album. I love Lemmy! He’s one of my best friends. We did the song “It Still Hurts” together. I met him in the early ‘80s in a club and he said, “You want to have a cigarette and a little bit of whiskey and cola?” Then we became friends. Ever since then our friendship is growing. Now we talk all the time. He’s so funny and has such a great sense of humor. In the beginning of the ‘80s, I had no idea that it would last that long and now it’s been 30 years.

How do you think you evolved as a musician since starting out?

I always try to get better and better and try to improve. It’s basically still the same. The foundation is still the same. I follow my heart. I follow my gut instinct. I belt it out. I sing my heart out with lots of soul, passion and energy.Then I try to make things nice lyric and arrangement wise. I always try to make the fans happy or feel something. I try to make it mean something to them. Sometimes people come up and say, “Man! That song helped me so much to get over something really sad.” If someone was grieving or dying of something music can sometimes help in so many ways. To give you energy and hope in all kinds of ways. If it’s a great rock song, it takes away all of the burdens and stress of everyday life. It’s a good tool. I love it all from anthems, to hardcore, to speed metal, everything, the whole spectrum.

Being in the music industry as long as you have, are there still any surprises?

Actually, every day is a new adventure! Everyday is a new challenge. It never became a routine. Everyday is a new day and you want to give your best, small or big. If it is a small crowd, it’s a great challenge to make a couple of hundred people think you are great, or make them stage-dive, bang their heads or go crowd surfing. The same thing goes for big festivals like Wacken, which is a big metal festival in Germany. All of the metal heads go there once a year. It’s a big thing. It’s a great show. It’s something unforgettable. I’m so happy. Everyday is something new. I always try to do better than the last year, or the last tour, or the last show. I like to keep it fresh and exciting. The people never have the feeling that they are seeing the same show or tour. It’s always something new and outrageous. I guess I try to create magic.

DORO - "Raise Your Fist"

DORO – “Raise Your Fist”

You mentioned your new album “Raise Your Fist.” How would you describe the album to people who haven’t heard it?

It covers a wide spectrum from great traditional old school metal songs, songs like “Revenge” or “Take No Prisoner,” to head bangers, to really great anthems that empower you and make you feel really great, like “Raise Your Fist in the Air” or “Rock Till Death.” There’s stage and anthem material for people that remember “All We Are.” There are ballads. They are very heartfelt, very sensitive and very soulful. One of my favorites is the duet with Lemmy from Motorhead, “It Still Hurts.” He sings so soulful, it always gives me goosebumps. It’s so good and so deep. It’s all there from hardcore to super sensitive emotional ballads. It covers the whole spectrum. That’s the reason I always have to put so many songs on a record. I couldn’t do just nine or 10. It’s always like 14 or 15 songs.

Could you tell us a little about the writing process for the album?

The record took about two and a half years. It was recorded and written all over the world, from New York, to L.A., to Hamburg, Germany. I started out with a song that meant so much to me and I know so many millions of fans feel the same. That song was “Hero,” which was about Ronnie James Dio. When he passed away I was so shocked. It was so painful. For a couple of weeks I was talking to many fans and many people, and nobody could believe it. That was coming out of total sadness and desperation. I was in the dark in my apartment falling asleep and suddenly I had a melody and lyric in my mind. You were a hero, our only hero. I thought, “That’s for Ronnie.” I got up and I wrote it. The next day I called Joey Balin. I said, “Hey Joey. I have this song and I want to get it right. Can you help me with the verses?” He said, “Sure.” Ronnie and Joey knew each other because we were on tour together. In 1987, on my first tour with Ronnie James Dio, Joey Balin came with us on the tour. So, the next day we finished it. Then we went into the studio in New Jersey. Then I finished it in Germany. That’s the first song for this record. It was the most important song for me to get on the record so I could give thanks, and honor, and respect to Ronnie James Dio. We all loved him so much and we still do. He was the most kind and talented person. His voice and songs are unforgettable. They influenced a generation. So, the song “Hero” was important. Then I started to write all of the other songs. There is another special guest on the record, Gus G, the guitar player of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne. He plays a killer solo. There’s some songs on it like “Freiheit (Human Rights).” That’s a song I wanted to dedicate to a human rights organization called Terre Des Femmes, which is an organization within Terre Des Hommes. It’s an organization that supports young women and young girls in countries where there are problems and a lot of things to work on. I was always free to say and sing whatever I wanted. I love America and I grew up in Germany. In touring, I saw men and women who didn’t live to the level we have experienced. So, that song is for Terre Des Femmes. There are also a lot of metal tunes. One of the big power ballads is called “Free My Heart.” It’s for a movie. I’m filming a movie in Switzerland called “Anuk – The Path of the Warrior 2.” The first movie I ever did was the first part in 2007. I wrote the title track and some more songs for the movie. I’m doing that again now. “Free My Heart” is one of those songs. I will write some more songs for this movie, which will probably be out in late 2013 or 2014. You have the Lemmy song “It Still Hurts.” “Hero” for Ronnie. “Raise Your Fist in the Air” is the first single. Live, it is going over so well. All of the songs live are wow … it’s better than anything when the fans sing along and you can feel everyones energy. It’s something to die for!

Doro Pesch

Doro Pesch

You mentioned you wrote and recorded this album in several different places and countries. Was that the biggest challenge to making the album?

This record represents my 30th anniversary. For the 30th anniversary I wanted to make sure that I included stuff I loved to do in the past and what the fans loved in the past. I also wanted to have some new and exciting things. The goal was to put out an album where you go, “Yeah. That’s the 30th anniversary.” It has great anthems like we would expect in Warlock times. It has some really cool and serious statements. That was actually the biggest challenge. I love to work all over the world. You get the best part of each place and studio. It’s very inspiring. I love working in Scandinavia. Scandinavia feels like England was in the early ‘80s. There was the British wave of new heavy metal. Tons of great metal bands came out of the U.K. Now it’s Scandinavia. That’s the big metal scene with great energy and great studios. There are many great bands. Scandinavia is a very inspiring place right now. I love working all over. It’s cool.

Are there any bands out there right now that excite you and do you think rock ‘n’ roll lost any of its flair from the past?

Actually I think today is great for metal. There’s lots of variety and lots of great bands. It’s almost as great and big as it was in the ‘80s. The ‘90s were very difficult for all of the metal heads and for all of the metal bands. Grunge hit it big and made is very difficult to survive. In 1999 to 2000 metal came back and nobody will ever let it go so easily again. It’s a great time. Sometimes it’s good when something goes up and down, up and down. You learn to appreciate it much more. Times are great now. There are many great new bands out there. There are tons of bands I love in Scandinavia. For example, Sabaton. We actually play together on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise in a couple of days. I think they are a really hot band. Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy. I love Angela. She’s from Germany and the guys are from Scandinavia. I love another band from Germany, they’re pretty new. They are called Saltatio Mortis. I did one song with them on their last album. I love all of my great metal bands from the ‘80s. I love Motorhead, WASP, Metallica, Megadeth. Everybody! I still love them and many more, which would probably take too long to mention them all. I’m a big Rammstein fan. I think Rammstein rocks! Their shows are like, “Wow!” They remind me of when I saw my first KISS show. I was like, “That’s the best and the biggest!” No one has blown my mind like Rammstein. When I saw them the first time many years ago I thought, “Wow!” It was so spectacular and bigger than life.

Speaking of live shows, you are going on tour after the cruise. What can people expect from your live show?

Doro Pesch

Doro Pesch

It will be 150% energy, bigger than life, full of spirit and power. We’ll play the classics from the Warlock days, like a best of each record. We’ll also play a lot of the new record like “Raise Your Fist in the Air” and “Revenge.” There will be some surprises. Some songs that fans have never heard live. We’re sure they will really like it. The encores will be all of the songs they want to hear. As long as there is not a strict curfew, we will play as long as fans want. Like songs they especially want to hear, which are not in the set list. Each stop will be a different experience. We want to make the fans happy. We will play the whole spectrum from the early ‘80s to the new record. I will always play according to the crowd too. If I feel they want to hear more hard stuff, then we’ll play harder stuff. If I feel they want to hear a little more old school, we’ll play more old school. If fans are more into the newer stuff, we’ll play more new songs. I’ll feel it out when the band is playing and look out into the crowd. If they are into head banging, we’ll put in some more head bangers. If people seem like they want to sing along to anthems, we’ll put in more anthems. Every night is slightly different. If people want to travel along, they can be sure that they’ll never see the same show or the same setlist. There will be lots of emotion and lots of power. I want to make the fans happy.

I’m sure you’ve had your share of experiences and stories from the road. Have you ever thought of doing an autobiography?

I have so much fun doing records and touring. I want to do one or two records a year. So, I’m not ready yet. I want to do more. More concerts and records. I always feel like I could do it when I want to take a little break from touring. Playing live and seeing the people sweat is what is most exciting to me. Eventually I may want to write a book, but not now.

Do you have advice for someone who wants to get involved in the music industry?

Follow your heart, follow your instincts, follow your gut. Do what you feel is right. Surround yourself with people who will support you and believe in you. If nobody believes in you, just believe in yourself. Do what you feel, always keep at it, never, ever give up. Do whatever makes you happy. Before you sign a contract get some legal advice, get some good advice. Lawyers know their job. That will leave you free to do your music and do what you like. It’s good to get some expert to check out the contracts. You don’t want to sign something where you sign your life away. We did that! [laughs]

Do have any last words for your fans out there?

I want to say thank you so much to all of the fans for all of their love and support. I hope I can see everybody at the shows. I will give it my all and I’m so excited to tour the U.S. I would be so happy if everyone came out to check out the show. I am so grateful to have such a great fan base in the states. It’s awesome! I really appreciate it and I wish everybody the best. Keep on rocking and keep metal alive! I will if you will too!

I appreciate your time DORO. Thank you for talking to me today and we wish you all the best!

Thank you so much Steve!

For all the latest news and tour information for DORO, visit the official site at www.doromusic.de.

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Motörhead ‘The World Is Ours – Volume 2’ Available Now For Pre-Order

Motörhead ‘The World Is Ours – Volume 2’ Available Now For Pre-Order

Motörhead have announced The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else limited edition Fan PackageThis special limited edition DVD / Blu-ray and double CD comes with a 12×12” deluxe panel coffee table style photograph book. On 150 pages of high quality paper, you will be able to enjoy rare and unreleased photo material, stage shots and backstage impressions of the band, their road crew and the fans.

Steffan Chirazi, editor of the Metallica Fan Club Magazine and independent author, shares stories of his personal experiences with Motörhead and allows the reader to dig deeper into their daily routine, filled with anecdotes about the legendary rock`n`roll band.

This unique collector’s edition is limited to 1,000 units worldwide and is available only from Motörhead’s label at the UDR online shop.

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Motorhead To Release “The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else” On 10/22

Motorhead To Release “The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else” On 10/22

Available On October 22nd!

On Monday, October 22nd, the loudest, most real and raucous rock ’n’ roll Grammy-winning band in the world, Motörhead, will release The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else, the follow-up to 2011’s The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else.

Like it’s sibling, Anyplace Crazy… will come packed with more magnificent Motörmaterial from ‘The Wörld Is Yours Tour,’ including the triumphant 2011 Wacken headline appearance as well as highlights from the Sonisphere and Rio shows. The band will commence with their 2012 European Tour on November 5th in Wolverhampton, UK, ending on December 11th in Kempten, supported by Anthrax.

Learn more about the new release in the official EPK video, and head to Motörhead’s official site at imotorhead.com for tour dates, ticket information, and more.

Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else Formats:
• 2 CD + DVD + BR Combobox
CD, DVD and Blu-ray all in one digipack
• 2 CD (Jewel Case) – Wacken full show plus
Sonisphere 6 songs and Rio 5 songs
• 2 Vinyl LP 12“ (Gatefold) – Wacken show only

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