LEMMY LANDS AT NO.1, JUAN CROUCIER SAYS “COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE” OF RATT BAND MEMBERS “IS NOT THAT HIGH,” REVOLVER GOLDEN GOD AWARDS 2011.
The acclaimed documentary examining the life and career of the MOTÖRHEAD frontman and rock icon Lemmy Kilmister, “Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch”, sold around 3,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on Billboard‘s “Top Music Videos” chart. In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray disc were among the top 10 best-selling documentaries on Amazon.com. The New York City theatrical release was also extended into its sixth straight week due to popular demand.
Fans and critics alike are devouring the DVD and Blu-ray extras, which stretch to a staggering 4.5 hours of bonus content. Leading the list of extras (the full list is below), is Lemmy and METALLICA‘s full intimate backstage rehearsal and riveting performance of the MOTÖRHEAD classics “Damage Case” and “Too Late Too Late” — all in 5.1 Surround Sound. (Only “Damage Case” appears in the film.) Also included is 40 minutes of live MOTÖRHEAD, interview outtakes, extended and deleted scenes, Lemmy‘s full, uncut conversations with Dave Grohl and Billy Bob Thornton, featurettes on Lemmy‘s longtime MOTÖRHEAD bandmates Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, a special featurette on Lemmy‘s 50th birthday featuring never-before-released footage of METALLICA dressed as Kilmister and performing as “THE LEMMYS,” and much, much more.
“Lemmy” U.S. bonus features:
* The Making of Lemmy
* Motörhead Live
* Lemmy & Metallica in Nashville
* (We Are) The Roadcrew
* Lemmy Interview Outtakes
* The Sweet Side of Lemmy
* Funny Stories
* Lemmy’s 50th Birthday Featuring Metallica
* Marshall Stack Prototype Test
* Phil Campbell Featurette
* Mikkey Dee Featurette
* Full Dave Grohl & Lemmy Conversation
* Clarke/Kilmister/Taylor – The Early Days of Motörhead
* Meet the Superfans
* Matt Sorum Joins Motörhead
* The Making of “Motörizer”
* Triple H Interview Outtakes
* Everything Louder Than Everything Else
* Lemmy’s Bass Playing Style
* Fans Around the World
* Full Billy Bob Thornton & Lemmy Conversation
* The Rocking Vickers (Extended Scene)
* Hawkwind (Extended Scene)
* Who Would Play Lemmy in a Movie?
* Lemmy World Premieres at South by Southwest 2010
Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski create an intimate portrait of a man revered by his longtime fans as well as musicians spanning the musical spectrum. Lemmy has more than a few stories, often littered with drugs and alcohol, to share about his electrifying career with MOTÖRHEAD. He’s paved the way for countless metal bands, and from his favorite barstool at the Rainbow to his cluttered apartment filled with memorabilia, Lemmy continues to inspire a new generation of metalheads.
Even before MOTÖRHEAD began, Lemmy had a lifetime of experiences under his belt — he saw THE BEATLES at the Cavern Club, served as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and played in both Merseybeat and psychedelic rock bands. Although he’s 65, this rock god still acts not a day over 25 and doesn’t plan to put down his Rickenbacker bass anytime soon.
Filmed over the course of three years, “Lemmy” made its world premiere at the 2010 South By Southwest Film and Music Festival, and has since collected rave reviews at film festivals around the globe. Other interviews featured in the film include musicians Dave Grohl, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, THE CLASH‘s Mick Jones, JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER‘s Peter Hook, Ice-T, David Navarro, PULP‘s Jarvis Cocker, as well as actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton and professional wrestler Triple H, all of whom make the case that Lemmy is more than just a tremendous musician: he symbolizes what metal is, what it was, and what it should be.
Guitar International: What have you been up to lately with your solo bands and with your recording studio?
Juan Croucier: I have a band called DIRTY RATS, and we play the RATT catalogue and a few original songs that never made it to any of the RATT LPs. It’s a three piece. I have Pete Holmes from BLACK ‘N BLUE on drums and Johnny Love from LOVE/HATE on guitar. Then, I have another band that I’m working with called the HARDROCK ALLSTARS. It’s the same lineup except with Jaime St. James from BLACK ‘N BLUE on vocals. For that band we’re just doing covers and having a good time. We play locally but hope to start touring more maybe in Vegas or Phoenix. I would love to get out there and play. I’m also working on a solo project similar to LIQUID SUNDAY, and beginning to put together some new songs for it. That’s just me and Pete Holmes. I record the bass, guitar and vocals. I handle the engineering and production. I’m a song writer and I have a ton of songs that I need to get recorded and out there. I also want to do an acoustic CD and redo some RATT songs which never made it on the RATT LPs. Maybe call it “Demos From The Ratt Years”! Who knows? I have so many of these RATT demos, it could be a few volumes.
Guitar International: I think the big question was why you turned down the reunion with RATT so many times. What was the decision behind that?
Juan Croucier: Without adding any fuel to already existing fires, we just couldn’t reach an agreement. It’s no surprise that we had a lot of issues within the band, such as alcohol abuse and various personal issues. So I was of the opinion that it was one thing to have these issues when you’re a young man in your twenties, but it’s an entirely different thing to have these same issues when you’re in your mid-forties. If we can do things intelligently, as respectable businessmen, treating each other with respect and taking advantage of this wonderful thing we’ve and created, then I’m interested. The longer we negotiated, the more I came to see that nothing has changed. From what you’ve been reading on the Internet lately, it’s obvious. Just to be very clear, I would love nothing more than to be in RATT, let’s get that really, really clear. I love what we did and am really proud of what we accomplished. I helped build RATT. Why would I want to walk away from something that successful to play local clubs in Hollywood for a dozen people? I’m being honest here. I would love to be making records and moving forward. But with the personalities involved, we just can’t. The collective intelligence of the band is not that high. That’s unfortunate and I hate it, but that’s what really what prevented us from utilizing RATT to its fullest extent. It really comes down to mutual respect and having boundaries that you don’t cross because you’re adults. And when there are no boundaries and there is no respect, and someone can lash out at someone for whatever reason, that really damages things. I tried really hard. You have no idea how hard. For 10 years I tried. After a while you just give up. At the end of the day it’s a sad thing for the fans. They just want to see the band rock out. It’s everything behind the scenes that is so embarrassing and to be a part of that is unbearable, if you’re of reasonable and sound mind.
Guitar International: I’m sure you aware of all the recent comments lately by [RATT drummer] Bobby Blotzer against [the band’s lead singer] Stephen Pearcy. Looking in at it as an outsider now, what do you make of it?
Juan Croucier: That nothing has changed and they can’t contain the problem. There’s so much disfunctionality there I wonder why they try. Life is short, and at some point, why are we doing all this for what we’re getting?! What recently happened seems unnecessary. When you are going to say something, you need to consider the effect it’ll have and what you’re looking to accomplish. To besmirch him seems odd. He’s your band mate. In any other job, if you made remarks like that you’d probably be terminated. For me it’s still embarrassing.
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.
This year, hosting duties for the Golden Gods will be handled by WWE pro-wrestling legend and FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho. The nominees in eight different categories — plus the recipients of this year’s prestigious “Golden God Award” sponsored by Bethesda Softworks upcoming video game “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge” and the “Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award” — were revealed today at a press conference held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Alice Cooper, Mick Mars (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Sebastian Bach, Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and pro skateboarder Mike Vallely to announce the nominees.
Video footage from the press conference can be viewed below (courtesy of Richardson/Dryan Media).
Beginning today, fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Epiphone Best Guitarist,” “Drum Workshop Best Drummer,” “Best Vocalist,” “Affliction Album of the Year,” “Samson/Zoom Best Live Band,” “Most Metal Athlete,” “Best New Band” and “Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year.” Voting starts today at RevolverMag.com and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below.
The 2011 Revolver Golden Gods awards show will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations onsite that honor both the past and future of heavy music. The “Golden God Award — which is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal— will go to shock-rock godfather Alice Cooper, who is celebrating the reunion of the original ALICE COOPER group and their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. (In past years Revolver has honored metal legends Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH with the Golden God Award.) This year’s recipient of the first-ever “Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award” — renamed in honor of the late, great 2010 Best Vocalist Award winner — is none other than the Sunset Strip’s most iconic band, MÖTLEY CRÜE. Presenters and attendees include Rob Zombie, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of ALICE IN CHAINS, Vinnie Paul of PANTERA and HELLYEAH, Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED, former DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy, Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD, Taylor Momsen of THE PRETTY RECKLESS, Brendon Small of DETHKLOK, master shredder Yngwie Malmsteen, and action sports stars Mike Vallely, Chris Cole, Jason Ellis, and Carey Hart, as well as members of MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. Expect more announcements soon.
Adding to the celebration, the Revolver Golden Gods awards show will include hard-rocking musical performances by the reunited original ALICE COOPER group (in their first L.A. appearance in nearly 40 years), LOADED (featuring Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER fame), DEVILDRIVER (who will lead an all-star BLACK FLAG tribute set featuring Jamey Jasta and many others), Danish “Elvis metal” group VOLBEAT, Chris Jericho‘s band FOZZY and fast-rising metalcore outfit ASKING ALEXANDRIA who will be joined by Sebastian Bach for a rousing rendition of the SKID ROW favorite “Youth Gone Wild”. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“If you’re a fan of hard rock and heavy metal, there’s only one place to be on 4.20 this year — and it ain’t your couch, with a bag of Doritos, watching The Lord of the Rings for the 57th time,” states Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist. “Everyone who is anyone in heavy music is going to be at the Revolver Golden Gods, and unlike pretty much every other award show, you, the fans, not only get to pick the winners, but you’re also invited to the party. So vote for your favorite bands, get your tickets, and I’ll see you there!”
2011 Revolver Golden Gods nominees:
Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)
* John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE)
* Dan Donegan (DISTURBED)
* Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND)
* Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
* Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN)
* Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Drum Workshop Best Drummer
* Tommy Clufetos (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Abe Cunningham (DEFTONES)
* Joey Jordison (ROB ZOMBIE)
* Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR)
* Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
* Mike Portnoy (Ex-DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
* Glenn Danzig (DANZIG)
* Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
* Chino Moreno (DEFTONES)
* Ozzy Osbourne (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* M. Shadows (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
* Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR)
Affliction Album of the Year
* AVENGED SEVENFOLD, “Nightmare”
* BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, “Order of the Black”
* DEFTONES, “Diamond Eyes”
* OZZY OSBOURNE, “Scream”
* STONE SOUR, “Audio Secrecy”
* VOLBEAT, “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven”
Samson Zoom Best Live Band
* AVENGED SEVENFOLD
* IRON MAIDEN
Most Metal Athlete
Best New Band
* ASKING ALEXANDRIA
* BLACK VEIL BRIDES
* THE DAMNED THINGS
* THE PRETTY RECKLESS
* TIMES OF GRACE
* WE ARE THE FALLEN
Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year
* FAITH NO MORE
* A PERFECT CIRCLE
* SYSTEM OF A DOWN
Video footage below courtesy of Richardson/Dryan Media.