December 2015


Born To Lose… He Lived To Win: Lemmy Kilmister (1945-2015)

On Christmas Eve, he celebrated his 70th birthday. On Boxing Day, he learned he had extremely aggressive cancer. Yesterday, the rock icon sadly passed away. It was a whirlwind final few days for the Motorhead lead singer. Today though, many fans across the world will mourn the passing of Ian Fraser Kilmister. Unsure of how he actually gained the nickname of Lemmy, it was claimed it came from the phrase “lend me a quid ’til Friday” (the “lend me” part being slurred to say “Lemmy”) – due to a habit... Read More


Imagine All The People, Living Life In Peace…

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world can live as one…” – John Lennon On this day 35 years ago, we lost an icon of the music industry in the cruelest manner possible. Coming home late in the evening to his New York apartment with Yoko Ono, John Lennon was shot four times in the back by Mark Chapman (a man who’d received Lennon’s autograph mere hours beforehand). He was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt... Read More


Some Stupid with a Flare Gun…

The second you hear the riff, you know you love the track. You get the air guitars out. No matter how bad you sound doing it, you sing it too. Ba-ba-baa-ba-ba-babaa, ba-ba-baa-ba-baaaaa… So the inspiration behind Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” is well-known – heck, the giveaway is in the song lyrics (and this blog title) – “some stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground”. It tells the story of Switzerland’s Montreux Casino being set on fire during a Frank Zappa gig, which took place... Read More