News Segment


February 16, 2004

LONDON (Reuters) – Instead of the usual fluttering of tutus and trilling of sopranos, London’s Royal Opera House will resound to the strains of skull-loving heavy metal group Motorhead for a one-time gig Sunday.

Motorhead, in The Guinness Book of Records as the loudest band ever, will rock the grandiose Vilar Floral Hall with hits such as “Ace of Spades.”

It will be the first time that a heavy metal act plays at Covent Garden’s refined venue, which normally stages classical ballet and opera.

Motorhead songs include “Iron Fist,” “Killed by Death” and “I Ain’t No Nice Guy.”

The gig is a curtain-raiser for Visit London’s “One Amazing Week,” a series of events showcasing London’s cultural life.

Visit London’s Chief Executive David Campbell hailed the gig, saying “Here is the chance to witness music history with one of London’s world-famous venues playing host to rock royalty.”

Courtesy of Reuters

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