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Nigel Planer Reflects on Lemmy Kilmister’s Safety Advice for Bad News

In a recent Kerrang! interview, actor Nigel Planer reminisced about performing with his band Bad News at Monsters of Rock in Donington in 1986. He recounted the fear that struck Bad News as they shared the stage with bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, and Def Leppard, especially with the massive audience throwing objects on stage. Planer vividly shared the nerve-wracking experience as they approached the stage:

“Yeah, that bit where the camera follows us, then goes to the crowd. That still puts my bollocks up into my stomach. It was very, very scary, actually. You can see on our faces just realizing, ‘This is suicide.’ And they were throwing things. The guy who introduced us, Tommy Vance, he went onstage wearing an American football helmet.”

Lemmy Kilmister even offered them a cautionary note about the potential dangers of fans throwing items on stage. Planer explained:

“Lemmy was telling us, ‘You’re insane, letting them throw things at you. You have to stop them cos you could get a coin in your head!’ It was seriously frightening, and then the equipment didn’t work for the first 20 minutes. Some comedian thought they would add to the fun. But I’m glad we did it. It was good fun. What a treat.”

Bad News Drops a Track After Nearly Three Decades… Almost

Bad News, the comedic heavy metal band from ‘The Comic Strip Presents,’ recently resurfaced after nearly three decades with a new track titled ‘Axogram’ under the moniker ‘Almost Bad News.’ The idea sprouted from a persistent fondness for the show and the band, and the song itself was an unreleased gem from the eighties. Nigel Planer shared the backstory with Kerrang!, recounting:

“Well, the song was actually written at the time, around 1985/6, something like that, but it never made it onto the album. It was a bit more complicated than most Bad News songs. I wrote the song, and it’s the only one that wasn’t collectively written. We learned it and played it to the producer, who went, ‘I don’t think so,’ because it’s quite a difficult one to play. And the producer was Brian May, so we had to do what we were told!”

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