Thanks for the info, mmotorhead, sounds reassuring. I hope we'll hear more from Philthy (Web Of Spider, Ghettoblaster w/ Chris Holmes or whatever). Somebody (I believe it was Lemmy) said that Philthy was in the US illegaly and that he couldn't go back if he left the country. It looks like we'll soon find out if it's true..?
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I have a friend who was from Canada but ended up living in the USA illegally. She's a great person and a friend of Lemmys. She was told she had to leave the US and had to do paperwork and wait for a certain amount of years before she could re-enter the US.
From what I know about US medical costs, they can be astronomical. People lose their houses to pay their medical bills sometimes, so in that respect I think Philthy did the right thing (to go to a country where they provide cheap or free health care.) In my opinion, every country should have free medical care (it's important for their citizens to be in good health), but I don't want to talk about politics.
In one example I knew a writer who had books on the bestseller list. About 10 years ago he developed problems with his breathing and had to be on oxygen permanently. Before he died he was completely broke and they had to do a fundraiser to get money just to have him buried. It's sad to hear about.
Yes.. Hm.. Here in former Yugoslavia we had free medical care (today we steal have, almost, we pay about 8 euros every month), free education (Today there is no free education), every firm for their workers gave them apartments for free forever, and every firm payed every year several trips around country for their workers etc etc...(Today we don't have that). That's what we had in Yugoslavia, political sistem was something between socialism and communism. Bad things were: freedom of the speech, private property: everything was "society" or state owner, you can't be owner almost of anything, state give you contract to use forever apartment or house etc.. but you can't own that, State owns that. Workers were much more protected, more than bosses (that was good)... You couldn't get rich, there was limit how much maximum of your money you can have, you know that was "society" of equal people. There is no rich and poor, everyone is the same, almost. There was no almost at all people without jobs, today we have about 30% people without jobs. Your pension was 80% of your paycheck from your work, today it is 40% etc etc..... So you see, some things where much better and some not. Everyone say it was better in communism/Socialism here, of course they think about jobs, good paycheck, low credits and good worker protection from your boss but they "don't remember" bad things. That's how maybe human brain works, you remember only good stuff. With demoncracy we got some things and lost some other things, I don't know which is better, maybe today because of private property and freedom of the speech? What will we eat it doesn't matter. Ah.. eating.. We had pretty much strong industry (In Europe parameters) today we have nothing. We had our own standard "JUS", today we don't have that, we have second class merchant (food) from EU, and in EU is first class. I say some things were good and some not.? What can I say...?
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People had been bullshitting about Phil for a long while now. Don't ever believe anything and don't spread rumours. Not all news should be taken seriously. I only believe in a few sources eg: Alan Burridge, imotorhead, some superfans, posts from road crew/management.
According to Chris Holmes, Philthy had a brain aneurysm last year and nearly died. He says that Philthy has been unable to continue work on their new album because the brain aneurysm "fucked up" his memory. Chris also says that Philthy recently was on holiday in Portugal and got kidney stones. Apparently, the album will still be released this fall.
This is devastating news. I suspected something was wrong after checking for a while online. I hope he makes a good recovery, if possible, and doesn't lose his good humour. A lot has been said about his drumming over the years, but I like to think of him at his peak and remember countless moments of inspired playing from him. His personality was always a welcome part of Motorhead and I will be curious to hear his most recent musical output. I really hope it's not the end of his musical contributions.
well, many people strongly disagree to my opinion, but for me Philthy is/was the best drummer Motörhead ever had.
Sure, Mikkey is a much better drummer, from a technical point of view. But Philthys rumbling sound (compare Overkill on NSTH with current recordings!) was fitting Motörhead songs and sound perfectly well!
Anyway, I hope he'll be okay, soon! I always liked that guy, don't know why
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I agree with you 100%, Iron Fist. Mikkey is a monster drummer, but Philthy had a totally unique "busy" style that was instrumental in creating the signature sound of the band. His double bass work was great (but maybe not like a clockwork) and he was a wizard with the cymbals. Philthy could also add a few surprises when playing live. Other examples of Philthy's greatness: The Chase Is Better Than The Catch and Bomber. They just don't sound the same without Philthy. His drumming on tracks like Motorhead and Iron Horse is also totally inimitable. Examples of Philthy songs that Mikkey performs really well: The One To Sing The Blues, Ace Of Spades.
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For me Motorhead are very much like AC/DC regards drummers. Phil Rudd added a kind of groove to the bands sound, that was lacking during Simon Wright and Chris Slade's tenures. Phil had an almost 'soft' way of playing the drums, especially apparent on the first few albums, which I liken to him sort of feathering the drums (if that makes sense). I know he was often beating the crap out of his kit, but it just had that smooth kind of groove. Mikkey is an excellent drummer and is a real tub thumper, in the nicest possible way. He does tend to smash the drums more to my ears, which probably works better in some of the faster songs, but as Motorola says certain songs don't sound the same when he plays them. That shouldn't be an excuse not to play them though.
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