Motörheadache – a tribute to Lemmy
Motörheadache are a three piece tribute to Lemmy’s musical career with Motörhead from 1975 to 2015, but features some his solo projects with the likes of Foo Fighters and Slash. Set up by lifelong Motörhead fan Rob Campbell on Rickenbacker bass and vocal, the line-up features Al Leach on guitar and Dave Nutter on drums, with Ian Hill as dep guitarist and Garry ‘Magpie’ Bowler on drums. Motörheadache has previously toured the UK extensively, as well as gigs in Germany, Holland and Belgium.
I have seen Motorhead before on one of the No Sleep dates. And sadly since Lemmy passed away there was a sudden reality check for millions of fans that there would never be another live Motörhead gig. Its a hard and tough pill to swallow for many. But, I have to say all is not lost as there is an alternative out there, they are as close as you can get to what the real thing did and achieved. Their name is Motörheadache.
Concorde 2 in Brighton was the venue and the event had been organised by Black Rabbit Productions. There was a worry that snow was going to impact the gig as the band had to drive to Brighton – but thankfully after a tricky drive they made it. There was a worry that the snow might impact the attendance, thankfully it had all melted by the evening and and fans started to arrive in large numbers.
I am happy to confirm that you wont hear or indeed see anything that’s as close to the real thing as Motörheadache. These guys are good, real good and damned loud – as it should be!
Lemmy/Rob followed the band on stage to a huge cheer, we were ready! He introduced the set with “Good evening. We are Motörhead and we play rock n’ roll!”, they were ready! We were ready as Motörheadache kick started into action and didn’t stop for nearly 90 minutes.
Kicking off the set was the mighty Iron Fist and followed up with No Class. Two absolute melters to get things underway. The band were backed by two large Marshall stacks and as the band kicked off, the sound generated was spectacular and the vibration caused the whole building to shake. Awesome! “Lemmy” asked if we could hear it all ok, he said he thought it was a bit quiet and asked for more power – he got it!
In The Name of Tragedy was up next. The Hammer was followed by Jailbait, and that came with a pre song mention of a radio station and a disgraced DJ. Sacrifice followed. Did I say you won’t hear or indeed see anything that’s as close to the real thing before? Well you wont!
I have to say that in certain places what these guys produce is flawless. The band firing the songs with a terrific delivery and also special mention to Rob, who has mastered the look, he looks exactly like Lemmy did in his earlier years, around the Ace Of Spades era. I have to say, damn, he also sounds just like Lemmy! He has the singing voice totally on point, but he pulls off the stage moves, the strained neck at the mic, and also the chat breaks between the songs and the more playful moments that Lemmy would sometimes pull between songs.
And so it continued as the band whipped up an absolute riot with many a classic from the Motorhead catalogue. Victory Or Die thumped at us followed by, one of my favourites, We Are The Road Crew. A mosh pit was started up as fans enjoyed what they were experiencing. The crowd was made up of all ages and a great mix of T shirts on display. The set didn’t stop, it was relentless, and included Orgasmatron, Dead Men Tell No Tales and so many more.
Motörhead have a massive back catalogue of superb songs for these guys to draw upon and it was great to hear some of them played live. The set drew to a close with the anthem Mötorhead. That lit the fuse as Concorde 2 erupted with chants back at the band. Brilliant. The guys left the stage.
A VIDEO: a brief watch
The sound – did I mention they were L.O.U.D!
Motörheadache – back for more
The over used smoke machine started to pump again, white searchlights pierced the smog and an air raid siren started up… Bomber! “You might know this one” as the decibel count went even higher with Ace Of Spades.
Was that it? No! There was one more pile-driver waiting for us – Overkill. This went on for a while, an extended live version enjoyed by the hot and sweaty crowd, and was a brilliant climax to a fabulous night out. Well played Motörheadache, well you just nailed it!
Motörheadache: and finally…
I thoroughly recommend this outfit, if you like it loud, fast and well, Motorhead you are going to have a riot as the large crowd in Concorde 2 did tonight. If you never saw the band fronted by Lemmy, then check these guys out. There were a good number of Motorhead fans, me included, and we had a blast! The juggernaut was due to roll into Hastings the following night and rumoured to feature a guest appearance from Girlschool’s Enid. I guess they may have had an extra couple of songs we didn’t get – maybe “Please Don’t Touch” and “999 Emergency“.
Did I say you won’t hear or indeed see anything that’s as close to the real thing before?
Motörheadache are on the internet here
Motorheadache are on Facebook
The night was hosted by :
Black Rabbit Productions. They work hard promoting live music on the south coast. They are a promotion company with years of experience putting on music shows. Tonight was superb. They have some great gigs lined up. You can find Black Rabbit Productions on the WWW
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