Motorhead take on KISS and Judas Priest at Download Festival

Lemmy also reveals a new toy doll

Motorhead have declared that they are more than a match for Download Festival headliners Kiss and fellow metal veterans Judas Priest.

The trio, who are due to appear ahead of their metal heavyweights on the Main Stage this afternoon (June 13), said they are not “intimidated” by their peers.

“We’re not intimidated at all,” said guitarist Phil Campbell. “We’re gonna do our best and have a great time. It’ll be a lot of fun.

“If it was just a Kiss and Judas Priest tour they could have called it ‘Kiss My Ass’. No seriously though there’s something for everyone at this festival, it’s a lot of fun. There are so many bands playing and it’s early summer.”

The metal veterans also revealed that there will be no new material, and the band will stick to a greatest hits set.

Singer Lemmy explained: “It’s difficult at festivals because there are so many albums and certain songs we have to play when we’re doing our sets. You all know the songs, I’m sure.”

“There’ll be no new songs because there is no new album. I think we should play songs people really recognise and enjoy because we only have an hour and we’re at a festival,” added drummer Mikkey Dee.

Speaking about the festival’s vibe, Lemmy said Download, which was formerly known as Monsters Of Rock, has changed over the years.

“Festivals have changed a lot. When I was younger it was fucking in the bushes and people wandering around talking to the trees,” he said. “Its all less psychedelic now and there’s a lot less fucking in the bushes.”

The singer also joked a new action model of himself has hit shop shelves.

He added: “There is now an action figure available of me to buy at a most reasonable price I’m led to believe. It doesn’t have a dick on it though, so it isn’t going to see much action, is it?”

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Watch video footage taken of Motorhead earlier in the day, in a press conference backstage at the festival, below.