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City Hall, Newcastle 8 November 2012
almost exactly a year ago that I was last down in Newcastle to catch
Motorhead. After witnessing the show in 2011 and sampling the delights
of the City Hall, my wife and I vowed to return this year.
City Hall is a great old style theatre venue with an atmosphere and
character all of its own that is rare to find these days, add in two
classic heavy metal stalwarts and you have the makings of a great night.
testament to the enduring legacy of Motorhead that their now annual
winter tour dates have the 'sold-out' signs up at most venues and the
City Hall was packed with Motorhead-bangers of all ages which was nice
to see. Before the six-legged noise machine took to the stage though we
had the small matter of thrash titans Anthrax to contend with.
the moment, are on a high. Having been in the UK on a couple of
occasions already this year at both Hammerfest and Download, the band's
profile is once again on the ascendency and rightly so.
the intro of 'Worship' the band launched into old favourite ' Caught In
A Mosh' and the crowd erupted. The guys were again on fantastic form and
bounced about the stage from the off, the energy the band put into the
show would shame bands half their age.
continued with 'Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't', one of the two tracks aired
from the band's latest album 'Worship Music', which was then followed by
the old Trust classic 'Antisocial'.
Belladonna was in fine voice and was the consummate showman as always,
Anthrax may have continued without Joey for a good number of years, but
for me he is the only Anthrax frontman. Scott Ian was pulling faces,
head nodding furiously throughout the set whilst he chucked out the
riffs as if his life depended on them.
pleasers 'Indians' and 'Madhouse' went down a storm and the band's cover
of Joe Jackson's 'Got The Time' saw some amazing bass work from the ever
young Frankie Bello. It was though the closing number 'I Am The Law',
with the inevitable mass singalong, that completed another successful
night for the band. Once again Anthrax showed what a class act they are
and hopefully they can keep it all together for many years to come.
would struggle to follow Anthrax's performance, but Motorhead are
no ordinary band. It is easy to take Motorhead for granted, ask a non
rock fan to name a heavy metal band or two and chances are Lemmy and co
will feature somewhere on their list.
band tonight though it stuck me just how good a band they are,
especially the current line up featuring Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey
opened with 'I Know How To Die' and then led into three classics in a
row in the shape of 'Damage Case', 'Stay Clean' and 'Metropolis'.
It was one
song midset, the title track from 1995 album 'Sacrifice', that made me
realise just how good the band are, intricate drumming from Mikkey Dee
was backed up with solid bass work from Lemmy and rapid fire guitar work
from Phil Campbell, this song is a real technical workout that the band
make easy work of.
Campbell is easily one of the most understated and underrated guitarists
in metal, his playing throughout the set was spot on whilst he hardly
broke sweat. Lemmy was also on good form, his voice may be a bit rougher
these days, but he still gives it his all.
closed with the one-two of 'Killed By Death' and the classic 'Ace Of
Spades', but the band weren't ready to leave and returned for a brooding
'Orgasmatron' with the stage bathed in green light and a final
breakneck run through of 'Overkill'.
This was a
great package with both bands delivering the goods and then some. If you
have never witnessed Motorhead live or if you haven't seen them for
years I urge you to get along to a gig soon I can promise that you will
be pleasantly surprised at just how good they are.
Motorhead and they play Rock n Roll, just don't take them for granted!
photos by David Wilson
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