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Died On This Date (December 28, 2015) Lemmy Kilmister / Motorhead

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2015

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister
December 24, 1945 – December 28, 2015

LemmyLemmy Kilmister was the lead singer, bassist, primary songwriter, and only original member of Motorhead, the legendary English rock band he formed in 1975.  Over the course of four decades, the band, which was equal parts punk rock and heavy metal, released over 22 albums, which sold upwards of 30 million worldwide.  Kilmister was born in Straffordshire, but spent most of his early years in North Wales.  After leaving high school early, he worked various menial jobs while learning to play the guitar.  When he was 16, he saw one of the Beatles‘ iconic Cavern Club shows and instantly knew he wanted to make music.  The next day, he bought Please Please Me and learned to play the guitar while playing along with it.  After performing in a series of local bands, Kilmister moved to London where he shared a flat with Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the band’s manager.  They hired him to roadie for them throughout the UK in 1967.  In 1968, Kilmister joined Hawkwind, a space rock band that would later prove to be highly influential to countless prog rock, metal and punk bands.  He sang lead on several Hawkwind records, including their biggest hit, “Silver Machine,” which reached #3 in 1972.  He was ultimately fired from Hawkwind after being arrested trying to carry drugs across the Canadian/US border in 1975.  He ended up not being charged or convicted of a crime once it was determined that he was holding speed, which was legal in Canada at the time.  Kilmister soon formed Motorhead, who quickly found a cult following for its hard, fast, and loud rock – a sound that appealed to the growing punk scene of the UK as well as the older hard rock fans of Hawkwind and such. Motorhead, and particularly Kilmister’s fierce playing and vocal delivery has been credited for laying the foundation for what would be called thrash and speed metal.  On the other side of the metal spectrum, Motorhead was arguably flash point of what would later be known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.  Over the next 40 years, the band’s lineup changed several times, while their music fell in and out of favor as tastes around the world changed.  But Kilmister forged on and seemed indestructible in spite of his vices.  In 2010, the documentary film, Lemmy was released to both critical and fan acclaim.   The poignant film focused on Kilmister’s private life, which was mostly spent either on tour or sitting at the bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip.   The documentary introduced and reintroduced Motorhead to fans around the world, leading to the two critically acclaimed and commercially successful late-career albums, Aftershock (2013) and Bad Magic (2015).  And although he suffered a few health setbacks over the past few years, Kilmister seemed as if he’d continue to outlive many of his peers.  On December 26, 2015, he reportedly learned he was suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer.  Lemmy Kilmister was just eight days past his 70th birthday when the cancer took his life on December 28, 2015.

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Died On This Date (May 18, 2015) Dean Schachtel / Industry Veteran

Posted by themusicsover on May 18, 2015

Dean Schachtel
DOB Unknown – May 18, 2015

dean-schachtelDean Schachtel was a beloved music industry veteran who spent the latter part of his career working as the GM for Wendy Dio and Ronnie James Dio‘s Niji Entertainment. Schachtel, who also served on the board of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, was a major force behind the annual Dio celebrations that raised money for the fund.  A tireless ambassador for the industry as a whole, his enthusiasm for all types of music was on display every single day.  A regular presence at concerts, festivals, and other music related events, Schachtel shared his enthusiasm with anyone within earshot.  Earlier in his career, Schachtel worked at Rhino, the Warner Music Group, and the Jewish Music Group, as well as KDSK radio in Southern California.  In recent years, Shachtel also managed the social media campaigns for Motorhead and Territory League Wrestling.  Dean Schachtel was 49 when he passed away on May 18, 2015.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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The Music’s Over’s Favorite Albums Of 2013

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy checking out some NEW music here on The Music’s Over for a change. Here were our favorite albums of 2013.

1. David Bowie / The Next Day

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2. Dropkick Murphys / Signed And Sealed In Blood

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3. Jason Isbell / Southeastern

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4. Black Sabbath / 13

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5. Charles Bradley / Victim Of Love

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6. Johnny Marr / The Messenger

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7. Bobby Rush / Down In Louisiana

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8. Daniel Romano / Come Cry With Me

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9. Motorhead / Aftershock

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10. Will Hoge / Never Give In

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11. Sturgill Simpson / High Top Mountain

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12. Arctic Monkeys / AM

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13. The Thermals / Desperate Ground

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14. Paul McCartney / New

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15. Carrie Rodriguez / Give Me All You’ve Got

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16. Fates Warning / Darkness In A Different Light

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17. The Slide Brothers / Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers

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18. Kylesa / Ultraviolet

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19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Push The Sky Away

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20. Big Harp / Chain Letters

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21. Valerie June / Pushin’ Against A Stone

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22. Johnny Flynn / Country Mile

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Died On This Date (June 22, 2013) Kevin McDade / Singer & Bassist For Behold! The Monolith

Posted by themusicsover on June 22, 2013

Kevin McDade
DOB Unknown – June 22, 2013

kevin-mcdadeKevin McDade was the bassist and lead singer of the up-and-coming Los Angeles stoner metal band, Behold! The Monolith.  With a sound influenced by such acts as Celtic Frost, Motorhead and Black Sabbath, Behold! The Monolith were no strangers to positive press from the likes of Decibel, Terrorizer, blabbermouth.net and Metal Hammer.  They self-released their debut EP in 2008 and their self-titled full-length album in 2009 Defender, Redeemist in 2012.  McDade had been part of the trio since 2007.  Kevin McDade was killed in a car accident on June 22, 2013.

 

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Died On This Date (December 6, 2012) Huw Lloyd-Langton / Hawkwind Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton (Born Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton)
February 6, 1951 – December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton was an English guitarist and singer who is perhaps best remembered as a three-time member of space rock pioneers, Hawkwind.  The band, which famously included Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at one time, was a direct influence on the likes of Al Jourgensen of MinistryHenry Rollins, Monster Magnet, and the Sex Pistols, who covered their “Silver Machine.”  Born outside of London, Lloyd-Langton joined Hawkwind in time to play on their debut self-titled album of 1970.  Although the long-player was not a commercial success, it is held in high regard since it was one of the first space rock albums in history.  Lloyd-Langton left the band two years after its release due to an illness.  Aside from Hawkwind, he played  with Leo Sayer, the Bonzo Dog Band, Pretty Things, Widowmaker, and his own Lloyd-Langton Group.  He re-joined Hawkwind in 1979, and played on their albums, Live Seventy Nine and Levitation.  He left the group again during the late ’80s only to rejoin in 2001 until a bout with Legionnaires Disease forced him to depart for good.  In later years, he could be heard opening for the Hawkwind as a solo act.  On December 6, 2012, Huw Lloyd-Langton passed away following a 2-year battle with cancer.  He was 61.

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