Edward "Ace" Annese,
Monday, May 5, 2003 @ 2:37 AM
Almost A Year Later, Lemmy is
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Lemmy's Hat Recovered Nearly a Year After Being Plundered from SF Show.
Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the Legendary band Motorhead, revealed that his long-lost Cowboy Hat was returned to him by a fan. "It's got everything still on it!" waxed Lemmy enthusiastically, referring to the various ornaments the hat had on it. Apparently, an unamed fan "saw it at a party in Portland (Oregon), and when no one was looking, nicked it back", said Lem, beaming. The fan then drove all the way from Portland to Seattle, Washington to deliver it personally, gaining Lemmy's eternal gratitude. "Now that's dedication, man!", exclaimed Lem, who was in great spirits all night long, even after Motorhead delivered another scalding performance at San Francisco's newest venue, Avalon Ballroom. Also on the bill were SF-based acts The Dwarves and High on Fire, who are on a short West Coast swing with the Mighty MH. Motorhead then will continue on w/ Anthrax, segueing to a high-profile jaunt with Dio and Iron Maiden in large outdoor venues later this summer.
The Hat in question was mysteriously plundered from the Backstage Area of Motorhead's last SF show, nearly a year ago at the now-defunct Club Townsend. A hat jokingly purported to be Lem's surfaced at Amoeba Records in SF, with a sign reading "Lemmy's Hat, $1000", which momentarily was thought to be the real thing by some fans. Now the real deal is back with its rightful owner!
The Avalon is a resurrected venue dating back to the early days of SF's "Psychedelic Era" in the 1960's. It recently has been home to performances by Halford/Testament and Voivod, among other heavy acts. For more info on upcoming shows, hit morningspringrain.com.