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Review: Motörhead - We Are Motörhead Tour
We Are Motörhead Tour
Venue: The Warehouse
City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Show date: June 24, 2000
Guests: Nashville Pussy

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 30, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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We Are Motörhead Tour

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

Everything Louder Than Everyone Else.  It's with that thought in mind that I drove down to Toronto on June 24 to finally see Motörhead live.  After the obligatory visit to the HMV Superstore on Yonge street (DOH!!!) and a walk around the city, I headed down to The Warehouse, which, as its name implies, is literally a warehouse converted into a concert venue.  I was among the first to arrive and we had to wait for them to finish the sound check.  Too bad we couldn't watch.

Around 8pm, opener Damned 13 gets on the stage, playing three songs.  This part really sucked.  Not much reaction from the crowd (still pretty small at that time).  The following act, Speedealer was more entertaining and played for about 45 minutes, although I didn't check my watch.  Lots of instrumental, some very good stuff, and a much more positive reaction from the crowd.  It is then time for Nashville Pussy to come up on stage.  I could see a lot of their fans ever since I arrived, especially women dressed in similar attires (some shouldn't have, really).  Much more participation from the crowd, the experience of the band shows on stage, although the female guitarist and bassist saw it fit to show a little more :).  I didn't know the band's music at all, but some of the songs were pretty good rockers.  The female bassist also did some fire breathing towards the end of the set, and I must admit this is very impressive.  Lots of people around me were seeing that live for the first time too and were as amazed as I was.

Motörhead gets on the stage a little past 11pm.  The crowd goes nuts.  As soon as the band starts playing We Are Motörhead, the crowd starts headbanging, fist in the air, the works.  Yes, they ARE loud!  I suck at remembering set lists but they played the classics such as Ace Of Spades, Overkill, Orgasmatron, just to name a few.  They also played the cover of God Save The Queen found on the new album.  Personally I wish they had picked some other song, since the latest album had better contenders to be on the set list.  Oh well, it was enjoyable anyway!  Drummer Mickey Dee was absolutely incredible during the songs and during the solos.  The man is a real machine!  Lemmy was in damned good shape and didn't disappoint a bit!  Some idiots threw him a beer can on the forehead, and he didn't hesitate to voice his thoughts about him, asking that he be thrown out.  I wasn't close enough to see if this did happen, but the place was practically silent while Lemmy was talking.

A great show put up by Motörhead, I just wish it would have been a little longer.  That's a problem with three opening acts, the main act starts pretty late (I'd been there for over 4 hours when Motörhead started playing) and this often shortens the set by at least a couple of songs.  Still, no regrets, the show was worth the drive.  We sure as hell got our asses kicked!

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