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Review: Motörhead - Hammered tour (Toronto)
Hammered tour (Toronto)
Venue: The Docks
City: Toronto, Canada

Show date: April 27, 2002
Guests: Voivod, Razor and Speedealer

Rating: None/5

Review online: May 3, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Hammered tour (Toronto)

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)

Once again a 5 hours drive to Toronto to see metal's beloved veterans Motörhead. Luckily for me, Morbid Angel were replaced by Razor on this date so I was really looking forward to this show (nothing against Morbid Angel, I just happen to prefer Razor's style.) With a killer lineup consisting of Speedealer, Razor, Voivod and Motörhead, this was a show I just could not miss.

The show was held at "The Docks", a night club a bit out of the way (no public transportation, and right next to the parking were a bunch of cargo ships.) With a name like that, I was expecting a crappy venue but I was agreably surprised when I got there and saw this was actually a pretty modern building - and large. There were well over 1000 people in attendance and there still was plenty of room to move around. The only inconvenient is that the venue is narrow, so even if you are in the middle, you're quite far from the stage (imagine being completely in the back!)

Speedealer opened up and I missed most of their set since I was in the back chatting with some people. I was not familiar with the band but had heard about them in the past. What I did catch of their show was however very good, and they seemed to be the ideal local opening act for the show - thanks to the promoter for not giving in to the current trend of using hardcore bands as openers for metal bands!

Next up were the legendary Razor (hell, I didn't even know they were still together). I'm not as familiar with their material as I would like to be, but they put up a very good live show and the music was excellent, despite a little overuse of the blast beats here and there - nothing to loose sleep over. Catch them live if you can.

Voivod were next, with vocalist Snake back in the band. While I do appreciate their influence in metal, I've never been a big fan of the band so there were a lot of songs I had never heard before - I'll have to get some more of their albums. :) It was as if Snake had never left the band, very energetic and tight performance and an excellent reaction from the crowd, some of whom were actually there mainly to see Voivod. While some claim that they stole the show, I beg to differ. The crowd may have gone crazy over their set, but not nearly as much as for Motörhead. Case closed. :)

Finally, my main reason for the long drive on the 401: Motörhead! They opened up with "We Are Motörhead" and played a number of songs from the new album as well as many of their classics. Unfortunately they had to leave out some of them such as "Orgasmatron" (one of my favourites), but that is to be expected when a band has such a large repertoire. They ended the night with the all-time classics "Ace of Spades" and "Overkill". It is quite amazing to see these guys play with so much energy considering that they're definitely not getting any younger (Lemmy is 56!), and I think it should be a lesson to some much younger bands who sometimes at 30 claim that they can't play fast anymore. ;) Drummer Mikkey Dee was once again just plain fucking insane, you can't avoid just staring with your jaw dropped when he's doing his magic behind the drums. Hopefully we'll have many more occasions to see Lemmy & Co. live on stage. While the band played a killer set, the sound wasn't too good and things just didn't get fixed by the end of the show... Damn technical problems. Still good enough to enjoy the loudest band on Earth. Sorry, as usual no complete set-list, I was too busy enjoying the show.

All in all an excellent evening, and I strongly recommend this show if it comes anywhere near your neck of the woods.

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