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1-4-11 METAL MESSAGE (Lemmy The Movie Premiere feat. Doro Pesch, New ESP Signature Hetfield and Hammett Guitars, Remembering Phil Lynott on 25th Anniversary of His Death, Billy Corgan Smashes Major Labels)

PitCam Production has uploaded video footage from the December 6, 2010 Berlin, Germany screening of the acclaimed rock documentary “Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch”. You can now watch the two-minute clip below.

Additional U.S. theatrical screenings have been confirmed for documentary “Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch”. On top of already announced dates in New York, Austin, Seattle, Portland, and Atlanta, the film will make theatrical runs in Los Angeles, California (Laemmle’s Sunset 5, opening January 21); San Francisco, California (The Roxie, February 1-2); Long Beach, California (The Art Theatre of Long Beach, January 15, one night only); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Times Cinema, January 17-20); Nashville, Tennessee (Belcourt Theatre, January 23-24), San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, January 26, one night only), and Chicago (The Music Box Theatre, exact date to be determined). In addition, Cinema Village in New York moved up the film’s opening one week to January 21. Additional dates and cities are forthcoming.

Critics around the world can’t get enough of “Lemmy”. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the In Edit Film Festival in Santiago, Chile last weekend, and it’s been a major hit at dozens of other international festivals, including screenings in France, England, Germany, Spain, Australia, The Netherlands, and South Korea. Currently in theaters in the U.K., “Lemmy” has recently sold out screenings in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, where it was rated by one firm as the second most popular film in theaters last weekend.

The DVD, a-two disc set packed with more than four hours of bonus features, will be released February 15 and will be available for digital download and on Blu-ray. Filmed over more than three years, and directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, “Lemmy” features appearances by artists spanning the musical spectrum, from METALLICA, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash to Peter Hook (NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION), Mick Jones (THE CLASH) and Jarvis Cocker.

Orshoski told BLABBERMOUTH.NET, “We can’t wait for the fans to get their hands on the DVD, which will be a two-disc set in most of the world. The North American version of the film will be the only one to carry all of our bonus content, which we slaved over night and day for something like 35 days straight last summer. We wanted to really serve fans and give them everything that we could. Basically, we designed the U.S. DVD release to be a treasure trove of everything Lemmy. People will get the movie, and then something like four hours of bonus content. More details on that coming soon, but needless to say, the fans will be stoked!”

“Lemmy” will be released in the U.K., Germany, France and Scandinavia on DVD by Entertainment One on January 24, 2011. The film premiered in the U.S. in March 2010 during the South by Southwest at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin.

Check out reviews of the film:

* Inside Pulse Movies
* Hollywood Reporter
* Variety

Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski spent three years following Kilmister around the globe — from his Hollywood home to the hockey arenas of Russia.

Hailed as a godfather of heavy metal, 64-year-old Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of rock and roll over the past four decades. After stints with popular Mersey beat band THE ROCKIN’ VICKERS and influential psychedelic rockers HAWKWIND, and even a brief time spent as a member of Jimi Hendrix‘s road crew, Lemmy formed MOTÖRHEAD in 1975.

Going on to record such influential metal classics as “Overkill”, “Ace of Spades” and “Bomber”, the Grammy Award-winning MOTÖRHEAD and Kilmister‘s fusion of punk and metal registered a major influence on such bands as METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES and NIRVANA.

ESP has announced two brand new guitar models from METALLICA‘s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett

The James Hetfield Snakebyte is a brand new body style for ESP and LTD in 2011. It has a set-neck construction at 24.75″ scale, with a mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ frets.

The Snakebyte comes with a bunch of high-end components, including Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, a Tonepros locking bridge/tailpiece, and EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups.

You can get the James Hetfield Snakebyte both in ESP and LTD versions, and both are available in two finishes: Black and Snow White, featuring a pearloid snake inlay on the fingerboard.

Another limited edition Kirk Hammett Signature Series model is also being introduced in 2011. The ESP KH-2 SE and LTD KH-SE are special edition guitars that will be limited to just 100 and 300 pieces worldwide respectively.

Highlighted by a brilliant Metallic Greenburst finish, the ESP KH-2 SE offers neck-thru-body construction, a 25.5″ scale, an alder body, and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets (with frets 17-24 scalloped), and green pearloid skull inlays.

Other high-performance features include Gotoh tuners, EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups, and an original Floyd Rose bridge. The LTD KH-SE has a bolt-on maple neck, a basswood body, ESP tuners and pickups, and a Floyd Rose Special bridge.

January 4, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of the THIN LIZZY legend Philip Parris Lynott. As the members of THIN LIZZY‘s current lineup get ready to embark on a European tour, guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, singer Ricky Warwick (THE ALMIGHTY), guitarist Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD) and keyboardist Darren Wharton share some memories and thoughts of Phil below.

Scott Gorham: “25 years on and I still miss the guy. Hell, we all miss him. It’s a major reason why we go out and play the songs. But standing next to him for 11 years through all the ups as well as the down periods always brings back memories, especially at this time of year.

“As you can imagine, Phil and I got to know each other like brothers on a mission. Maybe not always a successful mission, but we always gave it a hell of a shot. He was a good friend, so I tell you what, when we introduce Phil each night… TAKE THE ROOF OFF!!! I’m pretty sure he’s watching.

“Looking forward to meeting up with a lot of you out on the tour.”

Brian Downey: “Phil songs bring back some special memories to me especially at this time of year. ‘Cowboy Song’ instantly transports me back to when Phil and me were kids going to see the Lone Ranger or Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers at the Apollo Cinema in Dublin for Saturday afternoon cowboy matinees. ‘Emerald’, where Phil wrote about the myths and stories we were taught at school about ancient Gaelic wars and disputes. Or ‘Black Rose’, where Phil mentions the great literary figure Brendan Behan who lived on Bangor Road not far from where we both lived in Dublin.

“An abundance of personal memories, Phil, 25 years on. Always sadly missed.

“Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas da anam. Róisín Dubh.”

Ricky Warwick: “Phil Lynott was the real deal, a true rocker, a criminally underrated lyrical genius, a unique vocalist and probably one of the best frontmen ever.

“When I first saw THIN LIZZY on ‘Top Of The Pops’, I was ten years old and Phil scared the hell out of me, but at the same time who was this person? What a voice and the music, oh man, I was hooked. My sisters had the albums, they didn’t get them back.

“For any kid wanting to be in a rock band, I suggest going to YouTube and absorbing Phil and LIZZY. Watch, listen and learn how to be a true rock n roll star in every way. ‘Cuz Phil Lynott was.”

Vivian Campbell: “I have many, many memories of Phil Lynott, but the one that sticks out in my mind was the last night of the ‘Renegade’ tour. SWEET SAVAGE were opening and, as was customary, pranks were played on the opening band. After various objects had descended upon us from above — courtesy of the road crew — Phil suddenly appeared on stage during our last song with my spare guitar around his neck. He grabbed the cable out of my guitar and plugged it in to his. For a split second, I stood there dumbfounded. He had proceeded to center stage and was rockin’ out with the other guys. I don’t know what came over me, but I automatically ran up to him, looked him in the eye, and then took my cable back… Unfazed, he just mimed the rest of the song with us, looking as rock-star cool as he always did. He didn’t know how to play the song anyway.”

Darren Wharton: “Being a member of THIN LIZZY has been a fantastic and life-changing experience. Not only has it had a profound impression on me as a person, but also looking back, I’ve realized how much my own music with DARE has been greatly influenced by Phil, Scott, Brian and THIN LIZZY. Not so much in the style of writing, but more importantly in the sincerity and passion they brought to their unique music.

“As the years go by, I think about Philip most days, and when I do, I whisper a quiet ‘thank you’ to myself. So now, as I look forward to seeing you all soon at the forthcoming concerts; as we honor and pay tribute to the genius of Phil Lynott, and the music of THIN LIZZY… as we take the stage, I’ll whisper once again, ‘thank you for letting me be part of one of the best rock bands there ever was.'”

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman and sole original member Billy Corgan blasts the major labels in a new interview with, saying, “Something about the need for the major label system to corner the market has squeezed the excitement out of music. It’s almost like the restaurant where the prices are too high — you can’t enjoy your food. You feel like you’re getting ripped off, but you don’t know why. Fans overall have rebelled.” 

Corgan has been out of the system since 2008, when the PUMPKINS became free agents following the disappointing response to the PUMPKINS‘ 2007 comeback album, “Zeitgeist”.

The PUMPKINS have been recording and posting songs online for free on a regular basis since last year, with a total of 44 tracks scheduled to be completed and collected in a massive set called “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope”.

Corgan says that posting the tracks online has brought back freedom and a sense of community to the listening experience, explaining, “I grew up in the ’70s and listening to the radio was important. We all listened and we all had a common experience . . . We’ve kind of lost that.”

Corgan adds that the music industry continually refuses to catch up to the times: “Now we have a system of middle-of-the-road non-risk-takers that seem to be risk-takers but aren’t really. It’s systemically rewarding the wrong end of the art world.”

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