Chris Loomis

Motorhead @ House of Blues Anaheim – 10/7/09

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On Wednesday night, the happiest place on Earth turned into the loudest place on Earth. Yes, Mickey Mouse and friends were kept awake into the night as Lemmy and the boys took the stage at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney . . . “We are Motorhead and we play Rock n’ Roll!” Opening the show with a blazing rendition of the classic “Iron Fist,” Anaheim was treated to a deafening 90 minute set of sleazy/gritty/bluesy Rock n’ Roll as only Motorhead can deliver.

Fronted by the soon-to-be 65 year old Ian “Lemmy” Kilmeister, guitarist Phil Campbell, (a/k/a The Welsh Wanker), and recent reality TV star (the Swedish version of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!) Mikkey Dee on drums, Motorhead has not lost a step in its 35 year career and they certainly continue to play live at a volume louder than the rest. In keeping with their reputation as being the loudest live act on Earth, Motorhead pumped up the volume with stacks of Marshall amps on stage as well as stacks of speakers in front of each side of the stage and speakers in the photo pit in front of the stage – something I have never seen before at this venue.

Each band member is a master at their craft. Lemmy in front of his down-turned microphone strums his Rickenbacker bass while his gravelly voice belts out the vocals; Phil is, without a doubt, a phenomenal guitarist and quite a comical bloke; and Mikkey is the real-life version of The Muppets “Animal” – he was on top of his game, as evidenced by his drum solo. With a catalog of music spanning 19 studio albums and 35 years, a Motorhead show is always filled with hits and fan favorites. On this night, they tore through such classics as “Metropolis,” “Bomber,” and “Whorehouse Blues” (with Mikkey and Phil on acoustic guitar and Lemmy on harmonica) to new music off their 2008 release Motorizer which included “Rock Out” and “The Thousand Names of God.” The ear drum piercing set concluded with a killer rendition of the classic “Overkill.” The set ended with Lemmy placing his bass against the Marshall stacks and walking off stage, leaving the roaring crowd wanting more.

The House of Blues in Downtown Disney is a small venue but it was packed for this mid-week show. The crowd in attendance to witness the Motorhead assault ranged from teens with Venom t-shirts to senior citizens with Motley Crue t-shirts . . . even mosh-pits broke out during various songs throughout the show as the rowdy fans delivered an energy back to the band.

Overall a great show from a classic band. . . Motorhead kicked Anaheim’s ass and melted their ears.

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