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Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Urges Fans Not to Buy $600 Box Set

The iconic heavy metal band is outraged over the pricey release of "Complete Early Years," a box set of material they don't own the rights to.

Lemmy Kilmister Performing with Motorhead - H 2012
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Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is incensed about a new box set that he says is gouging fans for upwards of $600.

The Complete Early Years, which includes 15 discs along with band pins, posters and a photo book all inside a skull package that lights up, was recently released by by PID, which has rights to the band's early recordings. But even with all the bells and whistles, Kilmister is telling devotees not to buy it. 

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"Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head," Kilmister said in a post on the band's web site which was later picked up by news outlets. "I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!"

According to the post, the band did not have any say in the cost of the box set, although worth noting: The Beatles' 2009 Japanese remastered box set, which included 16 discs and a DVD, was similarly priced at $719 for the Mono edition.

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The members of Motörhead are directing fans to their new album, The World Is Yours, and DVD, The World Is Ours – Vol 1, instead. "The band hopes fans will choose these new releases over this outrageously expensive box set."

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