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Motörhead, known as the loudest band in rock 'n' roll, celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2015. Before the new year party begins, though, Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee will undertake a short UK tour which includes a show at Birmingham NIA on November 6, 2014. And just to ensure maximum volume throughout they have invited their pals The Damned to support them.

Motorhead, The Damned, Birmingham NIA
No sleep 'til Birmingham NIA: Motörhead

At the beginning of the year fans feared for the future of Motörhead. Their November 2013 tour had been postponed due to founder Lemmy's ill-health. The dates were rescheduled for February and March 2014 but were cancelled as Lemmy had not recovered sufficiently.

A summer of European festivals and shows in America, however, saw the band back to their best.

Motorhead, The Damned, Birmingham NIA

They re-released their 2013 album, Aftershock, under the title Aftershock - Tour Edition, on August 4. This expanded release contains a bonus disc of live material from the band's appearances on their 2014 American West Coast Tour which was a warm-up for the European festivals.

"It is a really, really strong Motörhead album, one that really does define everything this band stands for," says drummer Mikkey Dee.

Guitarist Phil Campbell adds: "I really think the variation on the album shows that we've dug deep and produced some of our best work for a long time."

Bass player and vocalist Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister formed Motörhead in 1975 after being fired from Hawkwind. He remains the only original member.

Motorhead, The Damned, Birmingham NIA
Aftershock: Motörhead

The tour dates are November 4 at Manchester O2 Apollo, November 6 at Birmingham NIA and November 8 at London's Wembley SSE Arena.

The main support is The Damned. Formed a year after Motörhead, they were the first punk band to release a single, New Rose, in the UK.

The current line-up of singer Dave Vanian, guitarist Captain Sensible, keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, drummer Pinch and bassist Stu West, have been together since 2004.

Motorhead, The Damned, Birmingham NIA
Maximum volume: The Damned

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Why? The loudest band in rock 'n' roll.
When: November 6, 2014
Phone: 0121 780 4141
Where: Birmingham NIA
Cost: Ł41.58 plus fees
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