Join Motorhead in January to help celebrate their 40th anniversary. See the group live in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Swindon and London.
Motorhead 40th anniversary UK tour
Updated: 12 March 2015
Motorhead will play a limited number of shows in January to mark the band’s 40th anniversary.
The loudest rock’n’roll stars are set to perform at Newcastle City Hall (23), Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium (24), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (26), Swindon Oasis (27) and London’s Eventim Apollo (29) throughout January.
Along with new tracks from their brand new album, Bad Magic, the band will power through their mass of hits on their 2016 tour. Motorhead will be joined by Saxon and Girlschool. Find your tickets now to see the Brit rock’n’roll greats live on stage.
Motorheard’s tour continues their 40th anniversary celebrations. They will continue the party into Europe during February.
Ace of Spades, Hellraiser, Built for Speed, Born to Raise Hell… The list of Motorhead hits goes on.
Formed in 1975 by Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, Motorhead have become one of the most successful, iconic and loudest rock’n’roll bands in history.
Motorhead was the brainchild of Lemmy who, in 1975, returned to London after being fired from the band Hawkwind. The original Motorhead line-up included drummer Lucas Fox and guitarist Larry Wallis with Lemmy on vocals and bass.
The following year, Phil Taylor was recruited to replace Fox, and Larry left for the band for Pink Fairies to be replaced by Eddie Clark. Gigging and rehearsing ensued. The band recorded White Line Fever and Leaving Here in attempt to receive an elusive record deal with Stiff Records.
In 1977, the band was given two days in a studio to record a single by Chiswick Records. Motorhead recorded their entire live set and were granted a single and album release. To promote the album, Motorhead toured with Hawkwind and The Count Bishops.
The next year Motorhead headlined their first full UK tour but it had come with struggles. The band missed out on a second album with Chiswick Records and left their management of the time, Secunda. Instead, they teamed up with Hawkwind’s manager Doug Smith. It was a good choice. Motorhead released Louie, Louie / Tear Ya Down with Brown Records, while Chiswick re-issued their Motorhead album.
The momentum continued with the release of their second album, Overkill, on Bronze Records. A tour followed, and shortly after, their third album Bomber was released.
Motorhead were firmly established in 1980; they were touring around Europe, receiving silver status for Bomber and recording their hit Ace of Spades album, which was accompanied by an autumn UK tour. Motorhead enjoyed their heyday period during this time and released their live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith and 1982’s Iron Fist.
Motorhead line-up changes
Guitarist Eddie Clarke left the band in 1982 to be replaced for a short time by Thin Lizzy’s Brian Robertson. With Brian, Motorhead released the album Another Perfect Day and toured Europe and America.
In 1984, there was another line-up change. First, a change in guitarist and for the first time Motorhead became a four-piece with Phil Campbell and Wurzel. However, drummer Phil Taylor quit and joined a new band with Brian Robertson. Peter Gill, whose previous bands include Saxon, stepped in.
It was at this time the band went through a feud with Bronze Records. Leaving Bronze, Motorhead joined Doug Smith’s record label, GWR, and celebrated their tenth anniversary at Hammersmith Odeon.
The late 80s saw the release of Orgasmatron (1986), Rock’n’Roll (1987) and No Sleep At All (1998), while Lemmy starred in the movie Eat The Rich for which Motorhead provided the majority of the soundtrack. Motorhead toured extensively with the biggest names including Megadeath, Onslaught, Alice Cooper and Slayer.
The start of the new decade brought another record label dispute, this time with Doug Smith and GWR Records, which resulted in a court case. Following the case, Motorhead signed a deal with Sony / Epic records, and they recorded their 1916 album in LA.
The album was nominated for a Grammy Award and was followed-up with 1992’s March or Die. Motorhead went on tour with more rock legends, Gun ‘n’ Roses and Metallica, but were dropped from their label in 1993.
In 1995, following an American tour with Black Sabbath, Motorhead released Sacrifice before reverting back to a three-piece with the departure of Wurzel. They ended the 90s with the release of Overnight Sensation (1996) and Snake Bite Love (1998).
In 2000, Motorhead celebrated their 25th anniversary at Brixton Academy and went on to release a further seven albums. The releases include We Are Motorhead (2000), Hammered (2002), Kiss or Death (2006), Motorizer (2008), The World Is Yours (2010) and Aftershock (2013).
The turn of the millennium saw Motorhead tour with the likes of Anthrax and Iron Maiden, perform live at Wrestlemania, play a one-off show at London’s Royal Opera House, and win a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2005.