Motörhead Prove They Are Ready for the Hall of Fame -- Live Review
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It was an uncharacteristically cold night in downtown Los Angeles as Noisecreep approached Club Nokia. The line of fans waiting to go through the venue's metal detectors looked like a snaking river of black band t-shirts. All the usual t-shirt suspects were well-represented -- Slayer, Iron Maiden -- but one particular image seemed to overtake the rest buy its sheer numbers: Snaggletooth, the fanged beast that serves as the symbol of Motörhead. The legendary band was about to play the last show in support of its fantastic new album, 'The Wörld Is Yours,' and the excitement was palpable.
Motörhead wasted no time with intros, opening with 2000's 'We Are Motörhead.' The song's go-for-the-jugular pace and punky guitar riffs were introduction enough. Lemmy Kilmister looked every bit the part of the rock god: dressed in black from head to toe, the silver skull and crossbones on his hat shined brightly under the hot stage lights. Lemmy's voice sounded as reckless and powerful as ever as the singer tore into songs like 'Get Back in Line' and 'I Got Mine' seemingly without any regard for his throat.
Longtime guitarist Phil Campbell looked like he was having the time of his life. Campbell's meaty guitar tone is Motörhead's secret weapon, an integral part of band's sound. The Welsh axeman strummed away with a mile-wide smile on his face and offered jokes between songs, a few of which even managed to make the famously stoic Kilmister laugh.
After decades of playing some of their older songs, you might forgive Lemmy and his cohorts for looking a bit bored. However, Motörhead played their golden oldies with as much gusto as the newer numbers. On the playful 'The Chase Is Better Than the Catch,'