Thursday, December 1, 2011

Duff McKagan writes about touring with Motorhead

In this week’s blog, Duff McKagan writes about being on the road with his band, Loaded, as they tour Europe with the legendary Motorhead.

Here’s a sample:

“We are ending up this tour run, with seven sold-out shows in Germany, opening for Motorhead. If you are a rock band of Loaded's size and ilk, playing Germany with Motorhead is like making it to The Show when you get called up to the major leagues in baseball. We have been "called up," and even my wife and daughters from afar revere the great Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee.

This past 10 days away from home have been the hardest, but playing with Motorhead makes things OK. We would have said "no" to any other offer and simply gone home after South America.

Motorhead came to be sometime around 1979. With a perfect mix of all the good parts of punk and heavy metal, Motorhead forged the way as leaders to all of the rest of us who would shortly form bands.

From Metallica to Megadeth to Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Guns N' Roses, and on and on … they all have noted Motorhead as a key influence.

And it's not just the music of Motorhead that sets them apart from all of the rest of us. Lemmy's no-B.S. attitude toward touring and making records, and his relentless touring stamina, make everyone else rather pale and weak in comparison. He is like the Brett Favre of rock 'n' roll … well, except Lemmy Kilmister is still playing and doesn't cry.”

Read Duff's full column at here.

Motörhead Motörhead

Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Berlin, Germany – November 23, 2011

See also:

VIDEO: Motorhead rock German TV
Motorhead live DVD due next month
VIDEO: Motorhead drummer interviewed at Rock In Rio
VIDEO: Watch full Motorhead set from Rock In Rio 4
VIDEO: Motorhead rocks Wacken Open Air 2011
Motorhead: Lemmy has 10 songs done for solo album
Motorhead: Lemmy’s HeadCat returns
VIDEO: Slash and Lemmy rock Buenos Aires
Motorhead: Lemmy movie tops US chart
Motorhead skis are now available
VIDEO: Motorhead - The making of ‘Lemmy’