Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Motorhead at Club Nokia

It was a night full of rock and surprises at Club Nokia. Heavy Metal legends Motorhead topped a stacked bill with support from Chelsea Girls, Nashville Pussy, Reverend Horton Heat and a surprise appearance from Tenacious D.

Motorhead is touring in support of their latest effort Motorizer. It was a night that I wished I brought my flight deck headphones instead of earplugs as they couldn't handle the deafening sound of a full volume Motorhead show.

Chelsea Girls

Chelsea Girls got the riffs that kill and the looks to match. Super groups seem to be the popping up everywhere these days but the Chelsea Girls put a special twist on the notion as an all female Heavy Metal cover band.

The culprits of this Motley Crue include the statuesque Corey Parks on bass, powerhouse drumming of Samantha Maloney, the flashy guitar fretwork of Allison Robertson and the siren vocals of Tuesdae. Their unabashed love for metal and rock was evident as they kicked things of with "Dirty Deeds".

Winning over a Motorhead audience is no easy task but the Chelsea girls were up to the challenge by instigating the headbanging with their version of Danzig's "Mother". One can never go wrong by covering the classic "Holy Diver" by Dio replete with metal horns held high in the air by the crowd.

The highlight of their set was Allison slaying on Metallica's "Master Of Puppets". Samantha Maloney channeled Tommy Lee for the drum fills of "Live Wire" to conclude their set. I might have to check out their set again when they visit the Roxy on 11/21 and 12/19.

Nashville Pussy

Nashville Pussy brought their southern fried metal to the masses with the twin Gibson guitar attack of Blaine Cartwright (Vocals/Guitars) and Ruyter Sighs (Guitars). They recently released From Hell to Texas but I was unfamiliar with most of the songs they played.

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat rules. The fact he has his own Gretsch Guitar should provide enough evidence. Laughin' and Cryin' with The Reverend Horton Heat came out this past September and is chock full of blazing guitar runs and foot stomping ditties.

Reverend went through some of his older material on this night such as "Now Right Now" and "I'm Mad" along with a few cuts from the new album like "Drinkin' and Smokin' Cigarettes" and "Ain't No Saguaro in Texas".

If you aren't converted by the Reverend's fanatical guitar playing, then Jimbo Wallace (Bass) will tame you with his slap happy upright bass playing. Reverend Horton Heat relentlessly tour and you should at least see them live once in your lifetime, especially if you play guitar.

Tenacious D

A mysteriously buff roadie roamed the stage prior to Motorhead. Upon closer examination, it was Jack Black in his Brutal Legend outfit. Kyle Gass (Guitar/Vocals) emerged from the sidelines with an acoustic guitar as they pulled off the humorously charged song about life as a "Roadie". I regret not catching their full set at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco earlier this year.


Motorhead takes no prisoners. Motorhead makes most of their living by relentlessly touring and winning over fans in each city they destroy. I spotted teenagers and little kids in the crowd being escorted by their parents so that they could experience a true Heavy Metal show.

Lemmy Kilmister (Bass/Vocals) is a living legend and is Heavy Metal's answer to Keith Richards. Armed with his iconic Rickenbacker bass, Lemmy thrashed and clawed his way through a eighteen song set. Motorhead doesn't need to release any more albums since they have already cemented a place in Heavy Metal history but recently offered up the album Motorizer.

My ears screamed in pain as Motorhead tore into "Iron Fist". I quickly reminded that I previously lost a little bit of my hearing when I caught Motorhead at the House of Blues Anaheim in September 2008. The Club Nokia show featured a similar setlist as the House of Blues Anaheim right down to the crushing encores of "Ace of Spades" and "Overkill". When people ask me, "How was Motorhead?". I often reply, "What did you say?".

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