Concert Review: Motörhead

The Pearl, April 17


Photo by Bryan Steffy

Although seemingly immortal, Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is finally starting to show some wear and tear. The hard-living vocalist/bassist’s health problems caused the band to cancel several shows last year, giving fans concern that the 68-year-old rocker may be reaching the end of the road. The man who famously pronounced “I don’t want to live forever” in the band’s 1980 signature song “Ace of Spades” looked a bit downtrodden during Motörhead’s hourlong set opening for fellow metal titans Megadeth, but his whiskey-and-cigarettes-fueled growl was as fierce as ever during classics such as “Metropolis” and “Killed by Death.” Lemmy showed his most obvious signs of decline on “Ace of Spades,” failing to keep up with underrated bandmates, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, but he immediately redeemed himself on the speed-driven 1979 classic “Overkill.” Even in Lemmy’s seemingly weakened state, Motörhead can still hit a crowd with an iron-fisted combination of hard rock, punk and metal that will leave a permanent mark. ★★★✩✩


Damage Case
Stay Clean
Over the Top
guitar solo
The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
Lost Woman Blues
Doctor Rock
drum solo
Just ’Cos You Got the Power
Going to Brazil
Killed by Death
Ace of Spades

Photos by Bryan Steffy