Last Updated on 26.02.12 Written by John Guarnieri
We have been fortunate enough to have been invited to cover Motorhead shows in the past, and to say that they decimated the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Gigantour tour stop, would be selling Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey short. No matter the size of the venue or the crowd, the men of Motorhead always pour their blood and sweat into their shows. Playing in the 2012 rendition of Dave Mustaine's Gigantour, Motorhead graced the stage with Italian power house, Lacuna Coil, Dannish metallers, Volbeat, and the aforementioned mighty, Megadeth, and played as furious and loud as the rest of the bands, which came as no surprise.
The thing about Motorhead though, is that there is no let-up. From the onset of their show, Lemmy and company keep the thruttle to the floor, playing their brand of heavy rock & roll, and blowing out the anvils, hammers, and stirrups of those in attendance. On January 28, 2012, at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York City, Motorhead tore the house down with their fist-pumping brand of whiskey-infused rock & roll. Their setlist included their classics, 'Over Kill', 'Bomber', and 'Ace Of Spades', and even the customary, high-engery drum solo from Mikkey Dee, but it was their rendition of 'I Know How To Die' off of their latest album, The World Is Yours, that stole the show for me. Having been released in 2010, its amazing how seamless that track fits into their iconic sound and catelogue, as well as to see and hear the NYC crowd show their unwavering support for the new music.
When Lemmy stammers in his trademark scowl, "We are Motorhead, and we play rock & roll", you know that Lemmy and the boys will not disappoint. Armed with his wooden hammers of destruction, Mikkey leads the way, soon followed by the always cool and calm Phil on guitar. With his trademark cowboy boots and hat, Lemmy graces the stage, locked and loaded with his bass, with a controlled aggression, that the crowd eats rights up. For the next 45 minutes, they have the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. If they only had some of the band's brand of wine and vodka to wash it down with!
Fans of the band have even more to be excited about:
In celebration of their 35 years on the road, on January 24th Motörhead Music/UDR is proud to present: The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else, a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from the tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn (Iron Maiden Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage). Mixed by the band‘s long-time producer Cameron Webb, The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else is stuffed with the classics Motörfans demand, from ‘Overkill‘ to “Ace Of Spades” to “Killed By Death” as well as some old gems like “Over The Top” and new favorites such as “I Know How To Die.”
As well as this epic Motörperformance, exciting numbers from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digipack set, along with a series of extensive, in depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (incl. selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a superbly photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.
It has been an honor of ours to have worked with Motorhead in the past, as the guys have graciously taken part in out Drum Heads For The Fallen, as well as donated numerous other items to our cause. Its amazing to hear from Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey that they whole-heartedly support what we are trying to do at Fallen Blue. All the guys have shared police stories with us in the past, yet it was Mikkey's story in regards to the events of 9/11 that blew us away, and how much love and respect they have for the military, law enforcement, fire-fighters, and other first responders. We are glad that are part of the Fallen Blue Family.
We look forward to working the guys as we move ahead.
For more information on the band, go to: http://www.imotorhead.com/