“Some of the ones that you remember as being great really sucked, and some of the ones that you thought sucked, really were great!” That’s Lemmy talking about the challenges in deciding which concert recordings to use when putting together a new live Motorhead release.
He speaks from experience. Motorhead have a bevy of live albums: 1981’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, 1988’s No Sleep At All, 1999’s Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, 2003’s Live At Brixton Academy and 2007’s Better Motorhead Than Dead. Each of those have “Overkill” and “Ace Of Spades,” but Motorhead’s fans don’t get tired of those speed-metal classics any more than Chuck Berry’s fans tire of “Johnny B. Goode.”
Lemmy tells CBS Local that he’s not sure after a show is over if it was a keeper or not. “You can’t tell when you’re in the midst of it,” he says. “You can’t rely on the audience, because you’ll often come off stage saying ‘Jesus, that was awful!’ And other people will tell you ‘That changed my life.'”
So, the band went through hours of recordings for their latest live release, The World Is Ours: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else, which is out now. The album contains live performances recorded in 2011 from the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, the Sonisphere Festival in England and Rock In Rio. If you need three separate live versions of “Killed By Death,” this collection (available in a number of formats including CD, LP, DVD and BluRay) is for you.
(Motorheadphones with packaging. Computer not included.)
It’s not the only thing Motorhead has in the works: they are getting ready to release their “Motorheadphones.” Just as hip-hop superstar Dr. Dre has had success in the headphones market with Beats By Dre, Lemmy and crew are putting a heavy metal spin on that, with both conventional earphones, as well as earbuds. The band will be promote Motorheadphones this January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, with the headphones to hit stores that same month.
Motorhead will be on tour in November and December, but before that, Lemmy will perform at a Chuck Berry tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday (October 27).
— Brian Ives, CBS Local