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Lemmy of Motorhead by Anthony Reed
Lemmy of Motorhead by Anthony Reed

Motorhead review

I've heard reports of Motorhead gigs: all bleeding ear drums and Jack Daniel's. But surely a band which is raising a glass to its 30th anniversary this year would have mellowed, writes Matthew Sparkes.

The stage set-up consisted of a wall of amps and an enormous snaggletooth that looked down on proceedings from above. It was indicative that this was going to be different to the average UEA gig.

Lemmy strutted on stage purposefully and, with more than a touch of the Ozzy about him, said, "Good evening, mumble mumble, we're Motorhead" before starting a triplet of songs without so much as a breath in between.

Turn up the noise

It was after this that Lemmy made the controversial decision to turn it up. I'm not sure the residents of UEA would have agreed - apparently the first song, new track Killers, was audible all over campus with its rolling and violent riff.

Lemmy on stage by Anthony Reed
Lemmy on stage by Anthony Reed

Following came a superb set, laced with golden oldies such as Metropolis and Killed By Death, all accompanied by the gruff voice of the ex-Jimi Hendrix roadie.

When an established band like this play, there is always one moment that everyone is waiting for - one song that defines the band for those who don't know them well, and is equally cherished by those who do.

Ace Of Spades

For  Motorhead it's the Ace Of Spades and when it inevitably cropped up in the encore, the reaction was enormous - although it has to be said that Lemmy's guitar was disappointingly not as sharp as the recorded track.

Another encore track was an acoustic blues number with Lemmy on harmonica and vocals, and Phil and Mikkey on acoustic guitar.

It showed that although Motorhead choose to play metal, they are equally capable of a bit of diversity - as long as it stays grungy.

Lemmy, the man with gravel where his larynx should be, could not sing in any other band. Whether singing blues or screaming along with guitars so distorted so as to be barely recognisable, it just seems to fit.

The gig was an experience. The chance to see a song like Ace Of Spades live is not an everyday occurrence and the atmosphere was great, but it has to be said that Motorhead recorded are better than Motorhead live.

Motorhead played the UEA on Wednesday 16 November 2005.

last updated: 23/11/05
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awesome crowed at pompey love yoo motorhead!!
Fri Nov 24 14:36:04 2006

iain smith
Another typically cruddy, ill-informed artical about a band who deserve a lot more. Any informed Motorhead fan would hang you up for slander saying 'motorhead recorded are better than motorhead live'.
Sun Jul 9 15:48:19 2006

Simon Breckon
i saw the 30 aniversary show let me tell you theres only 2 words 2 describe them ROCK N ROLL!!!
Tue May 16 22:01:05 2006

hailey .p
motor head rock no doubt about it .. \m/
Thu May 11 10:18:46 2006

Matt Rabong
RAWK 'N ROLL! two words that describe that gig. me n my mate benjo went deaf for two days after!
Thu Feb 2 20:29:35 2006

Ashley Medler
I saw Motorhead at Download festival this year and it was probably the best gig i've ever seen.
Fri Jan 6 17:01:01 2006

John, Manchester
Well, ears are ringing today after seeing Motorhead at the Apollo in Manchester on 5 Nov. Watched them there for the last 3 years, and they just get better! "Is it loud enough for ya?" Lemmy growls. Similar (If not exactly the same) set as last year. Again, no Bomber come on, next time please? In Flames supported them on this, their 30th Anniversary tour - and were very good, with a great beard! Already looking forward to next year!
Wed Nov 30 09:32:04 2005

David Marshall-Nichols
Motorhead are far better live than on record! From the moment they launched into their aural violence to the ear-bleeding finale "Overkill", it was clear that Lemmy & the boys had lost none of their edge! I just hope I'm that energetic at 60!
Fri Nov 25 12:45:18 2005

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