Legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has come out swinging against the band’s new boxset, “The Complete Early Years,” over its steep price tag: $600. The set, which the band had no hand in creating, contains 16 discs, none of which contain new material. But it comes in a skull that lights up, which is totally (not) worth $600.
“Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head,” said Kilmister in a statement on Motörhead’s website, urging fans to not buy the new set. For those dedicated to owning the entire Motörhead discography, he notes: “I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!”
The band’s statement added, “Motörhead have no control over what’s done with these early songs, and don’t want fans to think that the band is involved in putting out such a costly box set.”
One Motörhead fan has already taken to the set’s Amazon.com page, given it a one-star rating and left a review detailing Kilmister’s wishes.
Rabid fans can ease their need for new Motörhead merchandise with the Lemmy-approved new material: A CD, The Wörld Is Yours. and a DVD, The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else.
Is Lemmy changing the industry? Will he lead a charge of metalheads against big-label exploitation? While you answer that question in the comments, check out Universal’s video explaining how there is various memorabilia (mostly CDs) in their light-up skull.