Concert Review: Motörhead at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
House of Blues
March 1, 2011
When it comes to a Motörhead show there’s not a lot of mystery, fans usually know what they signed up for. “We are Motörhead, and we play Rock n’ Roll!” It’s as simple as that and in that simplicity is the riddle wrapped up in an enigma because while their live presence is easy to describe as loud, fast and furious – the trio packs a punch that’s not always as easy to define and even more difficult to forget. But when it comes to labels, Lemmy prefers to elude them so what Lemmy wants, Lemmy gets! Perhaps it is that ambiguity that lends itself to their longstanding appeal to the underbelly of rockers of all genres – from punk fans to speed metal fiends to those in search of rock and roll in its purest form – they all seem to come out for Motörhead.
Motörhead quietly released their twentieth studio album The Wörld Is Yours (read our review of it here) earlier this year and a few of the new songs made it into the set list at the House of Blues in Boston including “Get Back In Line” and “I Know How to Die”. With twenty albums under your belt, the arsenal is loaded and there’s a lot of material to choose from. The band seemed to favor songs from their last few releases. 2008’s Motörizer provided the backdrop for “Rock Out” and “The Thousand Names of God”, while “One Night Stand” from Kiss of Death and “In the Name of Tragedy” from Inferno, powered them through their set. “Ace of Spades”, one of the bands biggest “hits” brought the house down to their knees and the band offered up “Overkill” as their encore to close out the loudest night in the history of the House of Blues, at least in my humble guess-timation!
While Lemmy is seemingly the name and face that most tend to associate with the band and the band’s only original member, Motörhead is most definitely a trio, and they remind you of this throughout the show time and time again. Whether it’s the flailing blonde locks of drummer Mikkey Dee high atop his drum perch banging on his drums at a speed that renders his hands almost invisible, or lead guitarist Phil Campbell’s more demure presence powering the guitar licks and guitar solos with a no-frills approach, Motörhead is more than just Lemmy.
The bottom line – when it comes to Motörhead what you see is what you get. It ain’t pretty and the bells and whistles are nowhere to be found but as Lemmy recently wrote “Rock n’ roll music is a true religion” and on a Tuesday night in Boston, church was in session.
View our photo gallery from the show: