Hell-raising bassist and Motorhead front man, Lemmy, is today cock-a-hoop following an unplanned world record breaking attempt for the longest bass solo ever having been officially recognised.
The marathon slapathon started, totally unexpectedly, on Friday during the band's gig at London's Royal Albert Hall, as Motorhead were about to bring the show to its conclusion with the crowd-pleaser Ace of Spades as the second encore of the night. But then fellow bandmembers and fans got an unexpected surprise as the band's guitarist Phil Campbell takes up the story.
"We were just getting ready to finish Ace when suddenly Lemmy started give us all a look and then began to improvise a bit around the last chorus. We stuck with him for half and hour or so but in the end we couldn't hack it. It had been a long show and we were bloody knackered, so we just finished the gig and left Lem to it. In the end the roadies started to break down the gear and lights and the audience all got fed up and left but Lemmy kept at it. He's a real trooper."
It has since been confirmed that the larger than life 4 stringed maestro finally fell silent at around 1.30 pm on the following afternoon. A new world record.
Speaking today from his 14 bedroomed Mock Tudor mansion in Rugely, Lemmy said, "I was sorta in the zone guys. To tell the truth when I finished I was surprised that 14 hours had actually passed. I was just getting into it when my amp blew up so that's why I had to knock it on the head so quickly. But I've had it confirmed that it's a new world record so that's brilliant."
Lemmy's record of 14 hours, 20 minutes and 12.7 seconds beats that of the previous holder, Mark King, from pop-funksters Level 42 by more than a full minute.