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Dutch musicians perform Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” on church bells

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Credit: Alan Ballard

Of all the many songs you might hear playing from church bells, you probably wouldn’t expect Motörhead‘s “Ace of Spades” would be one of them. Well, neither did the attendees of the Torenfestival in The Netherlands.

On July 17, residents of the Dutch town of Weert hear none other than “Ace of Spades” ringing out from their local church. The music was provided by guitarist Jitse Zonneveld and keyboardist/bell-ringer Frank Steijns.

The performance became a local phenomenon and was covered by the national Dutch news. Now, you can experience it for yourself streaming via the Motörhead YouTube channel.

As for how Lemmy might’ve felt about his ode to gambling playing on church bells, a press release posits that the late frontman would likely be “a little perplexed,” but also “delighted to know that Motörmusic had forced its way into such rarified air and received such an overwhelmingly positive amount of support.”

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