Last Wednesday at the Royal Oak Music Theatre was an experience of heavy hitting rock and roll. Sharing the stage with rock powerhouse Motorhead were Clutch and Valient Thorr. These bands played to a packed house and shook the walls with their high voltage sound electrifying the crowd.
Opening up the evening Valient Thorr took the stage looking like a crazed group of unrully Vikings. This is a band with some extreme beards. Their energetic perfomance faired well with the crowd and got everyone amped up. The "Thorriors" that make up this bearded outfit include Valient Himself on vocals, Eidan Thorr on guitar, Dr. Professor Nitewolf Stragees on bass, Sadat Thorr on guitar and Lucian Thorr on drums.
Notching up the decibels Clutch took the stage. Enter Neil Fallon with his signature gruff sounding vocals accompanied by the thrash of guitar, bass, and drums. This is a band that always puts on a great live show, no matter how many times I've seen them they seem to be able to grasp the crowd with their fists. With Fallon on vocals, Tim Sult on guitar, Dan Maines on bass and Jean-Paul Gaster on drums this four piece from Maryland brings the noise and then some.
With each band the sound seemed to get progressively louder. When Motorhead took the stage a deafening roar went throughout the crowd. The legendary Lemmy Kilmister took the stage and brought a lifetime of sex, drugs and rock n' roll to the forefront. Formed in 1975 Kilmister has been the only static member of Motorhead, the current lineup includes Kilmister on bass and vocals, Phill Campbell on guitar and backing vocals, and Mikkey Dee on drums. They played a total of 16 songs including probably their best known "Ace of Spades." After all these years Motorhead is still a force to be reckoned with. It's impressive to see the hard work, blood, sweat and Jack Daniels that has been a driving force behind their music. With over 20 studio albums they continue to make new music and collaborate with other artists with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Now that is rock and roll!
1. Hobgoblins 2. 50,000 Unstoppable Watts 3. Pure Rock Fury 4. The Mob Goes Wild 5. Immortal 6. The Incomparable Mr. Flannery 7. Gravel Road 8. Who's Been Talking? 9. Cypress Grove 10. Power Player 11. Electric Worry
1. We Are Motorhead 2. Stay Clean 3. Get Back In Line 4. Metropolis 5. Over The Top 6. Rock Out 7. The Thousand Names of God 8. I Got Mine 9. I Know How to Die 10. Chase is Better Than the Catch 11. In the Name of Tragedy 12. Just Cos' You Got the Power 13. Going to Brazil 14. Killed By Death 15. Ace of Spades 16. Overkill