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ConcertsMotorhead at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, UK 11/24/2010

Posted on Saturday, November 27 2010 @ 10:23:48 CST by Dean Pedley
Concert Reviews Almost thirty years since they scaled the summit of the UK album charts with the seminal No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Motörhead's annual Winter Tour continues to be a popular live draw. Wolverhampton proves no exception with the sizeable crowd spanning generations; something that is testimony to the both the bands longevity and their enduring appeal. Prior to the main attraction former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe, backed by a band that includes the Wildhearts' Ginger, gives an energetic performance that finds him literally all over the venue, from the stage to the balcony via the lighting rig.

In contrast to Monroe's hyperactive shenanigans Lemmy barely moves from the spot directly behind his microphone as Motörhead serve up an ear splitting ninety minutes of rock and roll mayhem. They may be marking their 35th anniversary but with the imminent arrival of new album The World Is Yours this is no nostalgia trip as the set includes new songs "Get Back In Line" and "I Know How To Die", both of which suggest album number twenty will be well worth the wait. Launching into "We Are Motörhead" with the minimum amount of fuss Motörhead are a band that simply excel on stage; the rumbling bass sound may be ever present but is not dominant over either Phil Campbell's buzzsaw guitar or Mikkey Dee's thumping drumming. Over the top of all of this is Lemmy's unmistakable vocal which is what really sets Motörhead aside from the rest. Recent gem "Rock Out" gives way to the impressive pairing of "Metropolis" and "Over The Top" as they dig deep into the back catalogue, even ripping through "I Got Mine" from the much underrated Another Perfect Day. Campbell and Dee take brief solo spots and both are equally impressive, fitting perfectly within the set and not interrupting the flow but allowing a pause for breath.

Lemmy introduces "Just 'Cos You Got The Power" with a swipe at today's politicians and after this brief drop in pace the blistering trio of "Going to Brazil", "Killed By Death" and "Ace of Spades" has the crowd in a frenzy. The latter provides that pivotal moment at a Motörhead gig when the link between band and audience becomes ever tighter and for those few minutes they are both joined as one. There is no doubt that when Lemmy does call it quits there will be a huge hole that no other band can fill but everyone who has witnessed a Motörhead show over the years will have some unforgettable memories. And when the band can still deliver shows like this one retirement should not be a consideration – they remain unquestionably at the top of their game.

We Are Motörhead
Stay Clean
Be My Baby
Get Back in Line
Rock Out
Over The Top
One Night Stand
Guitar Solo
The Thousand Names of God
I Know How to Die
I Got Mine
The Chase is Better than the Catch
In the Name of Tragedy
Just 'Cos You Got The Power
Going to Brazil
Killed By Death
Ace of Spades

Born to Raise Hell

Reviewed By Dean Pedley

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