Motorhead fans hoping to get third time lucky as band plan Newcastle show

Motorhead are planning to return to Newcastle next year.
Motorhead are planning to return to Newcastle next year.

Motorhead fans looking forward to the show the band have lined up at Newcastle City Hall in January will be hoping to get third time lucky.

The veteran rockers’ last two scheduled dates at the Northumberland Road venue, in November 2013 and February the year after, had to be cancelled due to health issues affecting frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

The 69-year-old was also forced to cut short and cancel shows in the US last month, but he is hoping to be back to full fitness in plenty of time for the trio’s six-date UK tour next year. They are due to play in Newcastle on Saturday, January 23, then continue to Glasgow, Manchester, Swindon and London.

He has since got back on the road in Canada and the US, so hopes will be high that his Newcastle gig will go ahead as planned.

Tickets for their North-East show cost £40.25. Go to newcastlecityhall.org or www.imotorhead.com for further details. Fellow rock veterans Girlschool will be supporting.

If the show does indeed go on, it will be Motorhead’s first in Newcastle for almost four years, their last one having been at the same venue in November 2012. The band – currently consisting of Kilmister on vocals and bass, Phil Campbell on guitar and Mikkey Dee on drums – are on the road to celebrate their 40th anniversary and also promoting their 22nd album, Bad Magic.

Bad Magic was a No 10 hit upon its release last month, giving the band their highest chart placing since Iron Fist made it to No 6 back in 1982.

Its 13 tracks feature a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on a cover of the Rolling Stones classic Sympathy for the Devil.

Following his return to the road, Kilmister told a US website: “Any gigs we’ll miss, we’ll redo, and we’ll try not to miss any more.

“Here we come again, 40 years. If you’re gonna die, die with your boots on.

“This is what I’m supposed to do, not be in hospital. If it isn’t too bad to stop me from being there, I’ll be on stage, you know.”

Staffordshire-born Kilmister had a defibrillator implanted in his chest in 2013 to send an electric shock to his heart in the event of cardiac arrhythmia and later suffered a haematoma.