Nigel Planer Recalls Lemmy Kilmister’s ‘Safety Warning’ For Bad News

In a recent Kerrang! interview, actor Nigel Planer recalled playing with his band Bad News at Monsters of Rock in Donington in 1986. He explained that Bad News, who took the same stage as bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead and Def Leppard, were very scared by the massive audience throwing objects on stage. Planer shared his experience going up to 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 realising, ‘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 gave them a heads-up about how dangerous it can get with 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 Released A Track After 30 Years… Almost

Bad News was a comedic heavy metal band created for the series ‘The Comic Strip Presents.’ Its members were actors who stayed in character all the time. They continued outside the context of the series, and the members eventually performed a series of live concerts.

Now, three decades later, they released a new song called ‘Axogram’ under the name ‘Almost Bad News.’ Nigel Planer explained that the idea was born out of a lasting love for the show and the band. It was also an old track that didn’t make it onto their first album. He told Kerrang! about the development of the song and how Brian May refused to release it in the eighties. He said:

“Well the song was actually written at the time, 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!”

You can listen to ‘Axogram’ by Almost Bad News below.