MOTÖRHEAD will release a seven-inch picture disc of its cover version of David Bowie‘s “Heroes” on Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the annual celebration of independent record stores, taking place on Saturday, April 21. The single’s art will be a new “sketch” take on the classic war-pig. The flip-side will be “Heroes (The Wacken Family Choir Mix)” with previously unheard audio of the crowd at 2017’s Wacken Open Air festival singing along to the single as it was being officially launched via the festival P.A., an emotional moment of celebration and tribute which can now be shared globally.
MOTÖRHEAD‘s version of “Heroes” originally appeared on the compilation album “Under Cöver” — a collection of some of the band’s best covers — which was released last September.
Laid down during the “Bad Magic” sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, “Heroes” was one of the last songs MOTÖRHEAD recorded together.
“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”
“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be — fun!”
Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 24, 2015, learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles.
The MOTÖRHEAD frontman had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniels habits.
The band canceled a number of shows three years ago, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on December 11, 2015.