All interviews conducted by Luxi Lahtinen
Date online: July 7, 2019
Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Animal Taylor formed the legendary Motörhead line-up that recorded two highly respected albums in 1979; Overkill and Bomber. It's been forty years since those loud, rough and heavy records that are considered some of the finest pieces in the band's catalog were recorded. Both albums have played a major role in shaping heavier music for decades. It's no wonder Motörhead's name pops up many times when rock/metal musicians talk about bands that were true inspirations.
The importance of these two brilliant Motörhead albums cannot be underestimated. That's the reason we here at the The Metal Crypt decided to ask a bunch of musicians what Motörhead, and those two albums in particular, meant to them when they first heard them.
Raise your iron fists now for one of the finest bands ever... long live Motörhead...!!
My sincere thanks to Kragen Lum of Aim High Mgmt, Hannu Korhonen of Dex Viihde Agency and Heta Hyttinen of Ginger Vine Management & PR for helping me out with some contacts, plus of course all those nice people who contributed to this special Motörhead feature.
Luxi: When you heard Overkill and Bomber for the first time, what were your initial thoughts?
King Fowley (DECEASED): As a crazy kid of 12 in the streets in 1980 I was walking to 7-11 store one day when I saw a bunch of dubbed tapes in a car. So, I reached in and grabbed a couple. Some of them were The Ramones and Motörhead. Bomber and Overkill were the dubs. I put 'em on and fell in love with the raunchy yet memorable Motörhead sound. Savage yet with melody, whether they admitted it or not.
Pekka Montin (JUDAS AVENGER): I was a teenager who was going through some rough times back in the '90s and the year was probably '97 when I heard Motörhead for the first time. "Overkill" as a song itself is full of energy and the verse of the same song reminds me a lot what they did to "Ace of Spades" (probably their biggest hit) one or two years later. Bomber has a song called "Dead Men Tell No Tales", which is one of their classic songs, too.
However, it was my longtime friend Marco Schauman who really got me into digging this band and you can't really enjoy Motörhead without drinking a beer or two! For that, you need good friends, too! Motörhead for me means friends and beer.
T. Nikki (PEER GÜNT): The albums I heard first about 1980 after I'd seen the band at Punkarock in Finland back in 1979. I thought the albums were better than their live performance at that time.
The albums didn't change my world but I was impressed by the raw power you could feel when listening to those albums.
Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE): I heard both albums around the same time in the mid-'80s. Initially, I hadn't had much exposure to Motörhead prior to that but I knew they were basically "heavier" than what I had been listening to (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, etc.) so I was expecting it to be pretty "extreme" in terms of aesthetics. Suffice it to say I was pleasantly surprised how melodic and catchy the songs were and from that point on Overkill has remained my favorite Motörhead album.
John Gallagher (RAVEN): They were game changers. The band had improved by leaps and bounds from their debut in regard to songs and production. There was nothing like Motörhead!
Dee Dee Altar (BUNKER 66): I guess almost 15 years ago. I just had the Ace of Spades LP and at a certain point I decided to buy ALL the Motörhead albums because it's the right thing to do, isn't it? I bought the 70's and 80's albums on LP and all the rest on CD. My initial thoughts about these two albums were that they were not as strong as Ace of Spades, but they grew and grew after every listen and now I totally worship them.
Dave Overkill (DESTRUCTOR): I first heard The Golden Years live EP and then Bomber. When Overkill came out I was officially a MOTÖRHEAD. No band ever sounded like Motörhead did. The energy grabbed me by the balls.
Athenar (MIDNIGHT): Believe it or not I didn't hear Overkill and Bomber in their entirety until I was a junior in high school which was 1991. My Motörhead introduction was No Remorse in '86, then followed by Orgasmatron and various comps. I also had On Parole which I didn't like as much as the other Motörhead records I had. So I was totally satisfied with No Remorse and anthologies as my Motörhead collection, being they were both double LPs! So my initial thoughts were "why the fuck did I wait so long to listen to these?".
Bryn Jones (LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES): I heard Bomber first! Last day of school, sharing a bottle of cider with my friend. Headbanging like nutters in his bedroom! I was 12...
I was at a friend's party when I first heard Overkill. It was another level... a brilliant rock 'n' roll record!
Samuel Cornelsen (COUNT RAVEN): I'm not sure if they were the first Motörhead albums I heard, the first one might have been Iron Fist, but I remember falling in love with them instantly when I did hear them. Motörhead were heavier, faster and dirtier than anything I'd ever heard.
Mika Hankaniemi (SUPREME HAVOC): I heard those albums for the first time after Ace of Spades was already released. Overkill just blew me away! The album's track list is nothing but awesome! Bomber has its moments for sure, but the album's sound is quite thin and that fact disturbed me a bit.
Markus Makkonen (SADISTIK FOREST): The first Motörhead record I ever heard was Overkill. Got it from mid-price CD section of the local record store. This was in early parts of the 1990s. Around the time my main method of discovering new music was reading interviews from my favourite bands and then checking out the groups they had talked about in the feature. Back then, Metallica was a band of absolute worship for me and they became in a way the biggest gateway band too, as I discovered a lot of my current favourite bands through their recommendations in interviews. Misfits, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Danzig... And yes: Motörhead! As I saw Overkill at a record store in a reasonably affordable price (which was the case with all the "untrendy and old" 1970s albums back then), I just had to get it. It won me over totally. The sound, the energy, the tunes!! Not a bad song on the album. I was getting heavily into that 1970s soundscape at the time and in my opinion Overkill sounds definitely more like a 1970s album than Bomber, Ace of Spades or Iron Fist does. I think this makes it still my favourite Motörhead record today. After discovering Overkill, I bought Bomber in the next few months. Big fan of that record as well.
Mark Ruffneck (OZ): Probably some of my friends had these albums when I got to hear them for the first time, I cannot remember precisely. But probably I heard them soon after these albums were released. To be honest these two albums never caused a "'wow -effect" for me though. The REAL "wow-effect" came with their hit song "Ace of Spades". On both albums I would say that the titles tracks - "Overkill" and "Bomber", shone over the rest of the songs.
Mike Campagnolo (RAZOR): These I had to buy on import in Canada and was totally blown away by the raw powerful energy these albums display! Like nothing I had ever experienced before.
Fredde Kaddeth (MASSIVE ASSAULT): I think it was in 1987 when I borrowed those CDs from the library and put them on tape. Later I bought those records and many other Motörhead records on CD and LP.
Garry Pepperd (JAGUAR): I was already a Motörhead fan when Overkill came out but even so when l first heard the title track l was blown away, l still am. I was 17 at the time and the album never left my turntable for months. Bomber was awesome but not quite as good as Overkill for me. I still play both albums all the time even today.
Henri Asikainen (SILVER BULLET): Awesome, hard-hitting heavy metal. The sense of danger was present on both albums, and still is!
Luxi: Did you also find the album covers appealing? If so, what elements particularly caught your attention?
King Fowley (DECEASED): The art I had seen beforehand. Very fitting for the sound of those records.
Pekka Montin (JUDAS AVENGER): Haha... of course! The cover of these two albums reminds me a lot how video game covers used to look back in the '80s and in the early '90s! They have lots of similarity with Motörhead album covers in general.
The first impression when you see these kinds of album covers always makes you wonder what kind of music it holds inside...
T. Nikki (PEER GÜNT): The album covers were great. They told us just what was inside.
Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE): Overkill has to be one of, if not the, greatest album covers of all time! Listening to an album that you enjoy immensely musically while having a badass album cover makes it all the more special.
John Gallagher (RAVEN): Very iconic artwork!! It just jumped out at you... loved the Bomber one the most!
Dee Dee Altar (BUNKER 66): Yeah, iconic stuff! I particularly enjoy the fabulous trio's faces inside the plane on the front cover of Bomber.
Dave Overkill (DESTRUCTOR): The covers spoke to me. The artwork perfectly fit the music.
Athenar (MIDNIGHT): Those album covers are fantastic, especially Overkill in the way that you have the first album being black and white then you have basically the same cover in psychedelic 3D, what a great idea!
Bryn Jones (LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES): Well I always felt Bomber was a bit like a comic's front cover - and that was cool, but Overkill's artwork has this psychedelic vibe to it which I love!
Samuel Cornelsen (COUNT RAVEN): Yes I loved the covers. I remember being a 12-13-year-old kid flipping through the vinyl at a store and seeing the Overkill cover. It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I also love the Bomber cover since I've always been interested in both airplanes and WWII history.
Mika Hankaniemi (SUPREME HAVOC): Well yeah, Bomber's cover is badass, which speaks for itself. Overkill is cool too but I give my points to Bomber instead.
Markus Makkonen (SADISTIK FOREST): Damn, Overkill's album cover is iconic! It stares back from the record shelves, haha!! It was a big reason I decided to buy that album first. And the covers of Iron Fist and Bomber being more "mean" than Ace of Spades was the reason I went and bought Ace of Spades as the last of the early records of Motörhead. Covers were important back in the day and Motörhead got that section pretty well covered on most of their albums. One of my long-time dreams would be to have a Joe Petagno cover art for Sadistik Forest one day.
Mark Ruffneck (OZ): Well, I can't remember if these album covers got my attention more than other album covers during that time, but Motörhead's "War-Pig" (or also known as "Snaggletooth") got my attention. My friends and I thought it was a cool-looking thing. And even the Bomber album cover was cool because it was after this album when Motörhead released the Ace of Spades album and all hell broke loose. Later on, "The Bomber" light rig got its space on the top on the stage and it was really something special during that time.
Mike Campagnolo (RAZOR): Awesome artwork at the time and definitely captured the imagination of a young metalhead! You could almost tell by the covers that the music would be awesome, heavy and in your face!
Fredde Kaddeth (MASSIVE ASSAULT): Yes I did. Snaggletooth the Motörhead mascot.
Garry Pepperd (JAGUAR): Oh yeah, Motörhead's logo is still my favourite band logo ever. It's timeless and ultra cool, ha ha!!
Henri Asikainen (SILVER BULLET): I especially like the Overkill cover. What you see is what you get.
Luxi: What are some of your favorite songs off these two classic Motörhead releases and why?
King Fowley (DECEASED): I'm more an Overkill man. "Stay Clean", "Capricorn" and title track hit me hardest. Just had the hooks to draw me in. As for Bomber, the title cut and "Stone Dead Forever" latched on to me hardest. They were "my jams". :)
Pekka Montin (JUDAS AVENGER): Well, the title songs, of course. "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "Sharpshooter" etc.
For me, the atmosphere of their early albums is the thing that makes these recordings such classic material. I think they did better songs when the '80s and '90s came, but the atmosphere of these first albums is what made the band "dangerous". They sound dirty in a good way.
T. Nikki (PEER GÜNT): "Bomber", "Stay Clean" and "Capricorn". Well... "Bomber" is "Bomber" and "Capricorn" is a bit different Motörhead song, but I love it.
I was fed up with those melodic "heavy bands" of that time. Motörhead showed me that punky power was not dead in heavy rock. They also gave me the courage to mix heavy elements into Peer Günt bluesy hard rock.
Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE): From Overkill, definitely the title track, then "Stay Clean", "No Class" and "Limb from Limb" and from Bomber, definitely "Sweet Revenge" for its dark and sinister quality. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" had me at "this is it!" haha... great vibe, and "Poison" rocks hard. I love the whole album and it's one of those that I never skip around on (both Bomber and Overkill actually) but those would be the highlights for me.
John Gallagher (RAVEN): Well "Overkill" was this double kick monster!! No one had done that in metal to that effect but there's plenty of others. "Metropolis" rules! "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "Sharpshooter", "Capricorn" etc. - all killer!
Dee Dee Altar (BUNKER 66): Definitely the title tracks of each one, essential! Don't wanna bore you readers about how the double bass of "Overkill" was important for blah blah blah... Total masterpieces are also the opening tracks for each side of Bomber. Their raw and kinda sloppy approach is a lesson in attitude.
Dave Overkill (DESTRUCTOR): All of the songs were great! It's hard to pick one over the other.
Athenar (MIDNIGHT): Well hearing the songs that weren't on No Remorse such as "(I Won't) Pay Your Price" and "Limb from Limb" from Overkill was so fresh to me at the time. "(I Won't) Pay Your Price" is so bouncy and lyrically so very Lemmy and clever. The section in "Limb from Limb" when Philthy takes it up a few notches from the groovy part to the fast part just rips! Bomber though has a couple of underrated masterpieces with "Poison" and "All the Aces". "Poison" should've been a hit on FM radio with those background vox on the chorus.
Bryn Jones (LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES): From Bomber, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" - a great lyric - and "Bomber", the title track, for the raw energy.
From Overkill, "Metropolis" and "Capricorn" are my favorites!
Samuel Cornelsen (COUNT RAVEN): For Overkill definitely the title track. A timeless classic and I never get tired of it. I also love "I'll Be Your Sister", "Capricorn", well basically all of them! I think Bomber on the whole is a bit weaker, but there are some really strong tracks on there such as "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "Lawmen" and "Stone Dead Forever."
Mika Hankaniemi (SUPREME HAVOC): "Stone Dead Forever" and title track are my faves from Bomber. Overkill, on the other hand, is full of killer tracks so it's hard to pick any favorites from there. It's always a pleasure to sing those songs with the tribute band called Dead Men Tell No Tales. We've been doing it since 1995!
Markus Makkonen (SADISTIK FOREST): My favourite song from Overkill is "No Class". It is such a force of nature kind of song. Unstoppable. ZZ Top were the first ever band that got me into rock 'n' roll and there's a bit of "Top" in "No Class", obviously. But then again, there are really no bad ones on the album and even the bit more obscure songs like "I'll Be Your Sister", "(I Won't) Pay Your Price", "Capricorn" and "Limb from Limb" are all spot on perfect. This is probably amongst my ten most played albums of all times.
Out of Bomber, my absolute favourite is "Poison". The power chord mania in it and the tempo are just right. It is the ultimate bullet belt anthem, that makes one want to swing fist in the air and drink beer. I guess all the best rock 'n' roll in the world does that, you know?
Mark Ruffneck (OZ): As I said before, these albums did not get any that great "wow effects" from my side, but I can say that both songs "Overkill" and "Bomber" are killer Motörhead songs for me. And even later on when I have seen Motörhead on stage, these songs were a crucial part of their set lists and have fitted there really well.
Mike Campagnolo (RAZOR): "Overkill" is a pure classic with its teaser endings and pummeling double bass attack. "Bomber" is just a freight train and perfect extension into what would be the next album, Ace of Spades.
"Stay Clean", "Damage Case", "Stone Dead Forever", "Tear Ya down", all killer songs! What's not to love about those?
Fredde Kaddeth (MASSIVE ASSAULT): "Poison", "Bomber", "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "No Class", "Overkill", "Damage Case" and "Tear Ya Down" all have that drive and energy, Motörhead can make songs with the same structure, but never sound boring. Overkill is my favorite album of the two.
Garry Pepperd (JAGUAR): I don't think there is any filler on Overkill at all, l can play it all without skipping any songs, for me it's that good. On Bomber the title track stands out because it's just such an awesome riff...!!
Henri Asikainen (SILVER BULLET): On Overkill, the title song of course! Double bass and speed, what else do you need? On Bomber, "Stone Dead Forever" is a good rocker.
Luxi: How did the Overkill and Bomber albums change your viewpoint about heavier music?
King Fowley (DECEASED): Showed me a less slick more raunchy side to metal and rock and roll. Venom came to me a pinch later on and showed me how extreme this sound could go.
Pekka Montin (JUDAS AVENGER): I was born in '83 so I heard Motörhead first time in the '90s.
For me, Motörhead was (and still is) what a REAL rock band should look and sound like: it has to be nasty and dirty, but it needs to be done with a good sense of class and style.
They were real and they lived the life they deserved.
T. Nikki (PEER GÜNT): I was fed up of those melodic "heavy bands" of that time. Motörhead showed me that punky power is not dead in heavy rock. They also gave me the courage to mix heavy elements into Peer Günt bluesy hard rock.
Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE): Basically, it opened up another side of "heavy music" as compared to the more "polished", "smoke and mirrors" arena type "heavier" acts of the time. There was more honesty in one Motörhead song than the entire catalog of just about any other mainstream "heavy" band that existed at that time, haha! Motörhead came across to me as a band that I personally could relate to and connect with... it wasn't all fantasy and show, dungeons and dragons and medieval castles and what not. Motörhead conveyed an attitude that was easy to identify with and totally embrace. It was a lot easier for me to relate to a band like Motörhead and internalize the lyrics and overall vibe rather than some of the other heavier bands at the time that seemed to WANT to put themselves above their audience. Basically, because of Motörhead the floodgates basically opened up for me and I started to check out other bands that had "Motörhead-like" qualities such as Venom, Sodom, Exciter and so on and so on...
John Gallagher (RAVEN): It was in an odd way... "Overkill" was so raw and energetic that I imagined the band would be crazy and running around onstage. I saw them at the Reading Festival in the U.K. in 1979 - and was disappointed in that they were obviously mortal drunk; out of it and barely able to stand up!!! Which reinforced our credo of "go out and go mental" *lol*
Dee Dee Altar (BUNKER 66): As I'm pretty young I listened to those albums in the early 2000s and I already had a more "extreme" background. Nonetheless, they were extremely important for my better understanding of the "evolution" of heavy music. Thinking about the speed and heaviness of such music during the late '70s is mind-blowing.
Dave Overkill (DESTRUCTOR): I was so obsessed by the Overkill record that I adopted my nickname from it. Two of the very best hard rock/heavy metal albums of ALL TIME!!!
Athenar (MIDNIGHT): Well the songs that I had from No Remorse were ingrained in my brain. They were just great songs, nothing to think too much about. Every aspect of the band was unique. who sounds like Philthy on drums? Lemmy on bass? Lemmy's vox? Fast Eddie's style? Nobody sounds like that! They never really changed my viewpoint, I just always identified with their sound.
Bryn Jones (LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES): I think I looked at Motörhead as a blues/rock 'n' roll band - just a bit louder than the rest! I was only a kid, so I didn't know anything...
Samuel Cornelsen (COUNT RAVEN): Well at the time they were the heaviest thing I'd ever heard, absolutely brutal. I started listening to metal by listening to Maiden, Saxon etc., but when I heard Motörhead I thought now this is a bit different! I could not believe that you could sound that brutal!
Mika Hankaniemi (SUPREME HAVOC): I must say that Overkill is probably the best Motörhead album. Try to beat that if you can!
Markus Makkonen (SADISTIK FOREST): As years passed, Motörhead did eventually become a pretty crucial band for me. I suppose they are part of my "unholy trinity", in which I rely on everything in music; Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Celtic Frost. That is all I need really. Sabbath had the riffs, Motörhead the drive and Frost the darkness and experimental attitude. Many people call Venom the first extreme metal band, but to me they sound a lot like Motörhead, so should that make Motörhead the first real extreme band in the world? Well, to me they are at least.
Mark Ruffneck (OZ): I think, at that time, these albums had a rather small effect on my own view of heavy music. I listened to other bands back then - and, as I told you earlier, Motörhead and their Ace of Spades album gave a more "wow effect" to me personally some years later. Of course, later on, Motörhead and their way to play heavy rock also influenced me, and overall OZ's way to play heavy rock/metal.
Mike Campagnolo (RAZOR): Although these were lumped into the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they stood out from the rest as sort of a less polished sound almost on the verge of punk but with grinding bass and relentless pounding. You either got it or you didn't but rest assured you had to crank it to really appreciate it. And Lemmy's lyrics were awesome and sometimes very comical, which made you believe they didn't take themselves too seriously and act like cool rock stars, they were truly a working-class people's band.
Fredde Kaddeth (MASSIVE ASSAULT): Their style didn't change much throughout the years. It's like Motörhead used the same song structure template for all those years, and this also proves that a band doesn't have to be progressive to be good.
Garry Pepperd (JAGUAR): Well I was already seriously into metal, (and punk), by then anyway, those albums just reinforced my view that this was my music. I could relate to the power and speed of it which is what I loved about it.
Henri Asikainen (SILVER BULLET): I heard the albums only in the late '80s but they definitely made an impact back then with being ugly, mean, drunk and loud! The albums capture the essence of the band well, I think.
Luxi: Did you manage to catch Motörhead live when they were touring for these 1979 albums?
King Fowley (DECEASED): I didn't see Motörhead 'til 1984 and after Fast Eddie. A bit before my time as far as age and being able to get into bars/clubs to see them.
Pekka Montin (JUDAS AVENGER): Unfortunately not, because I was born in the '80s. However, I got to see them at Seinäjoki Vauhtiajot in Finland back in 2007.
At first, I was going to see Uriah Heep (because I am a big fan of the band), but I was very disappointed. It just did not work for me anymore. So, I walked out in the middle of the show and was very pissed off because as we all know, Uriah Heep in the '70s and in the '80s is NOT the same band anymore. But hey, nothing lasts forever.
Anyway, then one or two hours later I heard some aggressive music invading the mainstage. It was Motörhead. They were doing a quick soundcheck before their show. And the rest was history...
They played a hell of a show and at the same time, they were showing people why they were headlining the whole festival. It was a night to remember.
T. Nikki (PEER GÜNT): Yep. I saw their first gig at Punkarock summer festival in Finland in 1979. Quite an experience for me...
I was backstage, watching how they drank themselves out of this world. It was quite chaotic show even before they got on stage. The gig was quite bullshit, from a musical point of view, but their show was stunning: a hell of a volume, you could hardly recognize what they were playing. Three dirty guys who gave no mercy to the audience. Smashing their backline totally was something never seen before in Finland at that time. Absolutely amazing chaos and I did love it. There were lots of teddy boys in the audience, and they had no fucking clue what was happening.
Lemmy said in his book how they put their backstage trailer on fire and pushed it into the lake. Well... if so, they had to push it 100 meters through thick bushes and trees - and we didn't see it happen. The trailer was still at the backstage after they had left the place. There was a fire on the lake, but it was midsummer fire, that we Finns burn in the midsummer night. Maybe their "medication" was then at that point that they thought it was the trailer. Who knows.
But it is a very good story nevertheless. :)
Darin McCloskey (PALE DIVINE): No, unfortunately, I didn't hear either one until about five years after they were released. It goes without saying how much I would've loved to!
John Gallagher (RAVEN): Only on that show at Reading. We did get to play with them not long after that on the "Iron Fist" tour for 2 shows, which were awesome!
Dee Dee Altar (BUNKER 66): Only in my dreams! Born too late, unfortunately, but I was lucky enough to see them during their "Motörizer" tour, better than nothing.
Dave Overkill (DESTRUCTOR): Unfortunately no but I did see Motörhead opening up for Ozzy on the "Ace of Spades" U.S. tour. Still to this day, it was a show of a lifetime.
Athenar (MIDNIGHT): Fuck no, I was 6 years old and mainly concerned with Darth Vader at that time. They didn't play Cleveland until 1981 with Ozzy. I didn't see them until the fourth time they had played Cleveland, which was in 1988 with Slayer and Overkill. I was so happy to hear the loudest band... ever!!! I still have the shirt from that gig and still wear it - genital warts and all!
Bryn Jones (LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES): Unfortunately, I never got to see them live on these tours. I was still young and it took a few years longer until I would experience the band in concert.
Samuel Cornelsen (COUNT RAVEN): No. In 1979 I was 8 years old, it wasn't until 1983 that I started listening to metal, and it wasn't until 1984 I started going to concerts. I've seen Motörhead 14 times I think, and I was never disappointed!
Mika Hankaniemi (SUPREME HAVOC): Nope, I was born too late so to speak. I saw Motörhead live for the first time in late 90s in Nummirock festival in Finland.
Markus Makkonen (SADISTIK FOREST): The first time I saw Motörhead was 20 years later, when they played at the Nummirock festival in Finland in 1999. The same year they came in for the second time with the "Monsters of Millenium" -tour with Manowar and Dio. So, saw them twice that year. There was a period of time in the 1990s when Motörhead did not come up here for quite some time, so when there was finally a chance to see them I was first to go. Large part of their set in those days was still from these two albums we have been speaking of, which I'd say speaks volumes of the quality in them.
Mark Ruffneck (OZ): In 1978, I lived in Finland, and can't remember which years Motörhead visited Finland back in those days. I just remember that they played in their early years at the Helsinki Icehall, but if it was part of their 1979 tour or later one, I can't say. After moving to Stockholm, Sweden in 1983, I saw Motörhead on stage several times.
Mike Campagnolo (RAZOR): Unfortunately no, I did not manage to see them till the "Ace of Spades/No Sleep..." tours in Toronto, Canada but Razor fortunately had the chance to open for them in Canada in 1986 during their "Orgasmatron" tour and the year later - and Lemmy was a really cool guy!
Fredde Kaddeth (MASSIVE ASSAULT): No, at that time I was 4 years old, but over the years I have seen Motörhead live a total of five times. Also an inspiration for me how excellent a rock band with three men can sound.
Garry Pepperd (JAGUAR): Yep, saw them at the Colston Hall in Bristol many times back then including when they toured both albums. They were fucking awesome and made a huge impression on me....they still do!!
Henri Asikainen (SILVER BULLET): Unfortunately, I wasn't even born at that time, hehe!
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