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Happy New Year to all from Sir Hell. You didn't know that I'm a "Sir" now, did you? Well there ya go. How you like them apples? Did you have a glorious end of year celebration, or do you consider it to be trite and amateur hour? Either way, I hope you have set some positive intentions for 2016, or at the very least you call a friend and go out to see some live music. I plan on doing all of the above, and often in 2016.
For Monday's show I felt I should pay tribute to the recently fallen rock-comrade Lemmy Kilmister of the seminal metal band Motörhead. I remember first hearing the "hit" Ace of Spades in the early 80s, and knowing pretty much immediately that this band was no joke. I enjoyed Motörhead through the hair-raising glam metal years of the 80s and 90s, and loved that they kept true to their nature: raw and in-your-face loud. Monday I played mostly early tracks and a rare live track from my bootleg library.
Did you know Lemmy was a Joni Mitchell fan? Me either.
Monday also saw the 30th anniversary of the passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy. Damn, where does the time go? I did a little tribute to him as well, including a blistering live version of "The Rocker" live, with six guitarist rocking out on stage!!!
The remainder of the how was a genre grab-bag. Take a look at the playlist below.
I am also excited to introduce my 2016 "Run for the Lilies"! You come up with a list of 10 famous people you believe will be dead by 12-31-2016, and send that list to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 01, 2016. The only rule is that you may not participate in the demise of any of the persons on your list. The winner will get a prize to be determined.
This should be a great year for music. Go out and support your local music scene, wherever you live.
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Sinnerman: Nina Simone
Big Log: Robert Plant
The Passenger: Iggy Pop
Court and Spark: Joni Mitchell
The Runaway: Danny O'Keefe
Little Girl in Bloom: Thin Lizzy
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy
Suicide: Thin Lizzy (05-14-76 Detroit, MI)
Time of No Reply: Nick Drake
All The Aces: Motöhead
Killed By Death: Motöhead
Ace of Spades: Motöhead (March 22, 1982 Newcastle, England)
Truth: Alexander Ebert
Henry Lee: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
It's A Man's World: James Brown and his Famous Flames
Little Child, Running Wild: Curtis Mayfield
That's Life: Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly: Louis Armstrong
I Get A Kick Out Of You: Tony Bennett
Enjoy some live Motörhead from "Top of the Pops" in 1983