Motorhead Live at the Stone Pony
Motorhead and Valient Thorr
Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
September 21, 2008
Seeing Motorhead live is always a treat, but the band’s recent East Coast jaunt as part of the Volcom Tour was plagued with a bit of controversy and some pissed off fans. Not that the fact that advertised co-headliner The Misfits and local darlings Airborne had bailed on the show hurt Motorhead’s performance, but fans were a little irked at the situation.
Valient Thorr warmed the crowd up with a set of balls to the wall hard rock that was fine for what it was, but I’ve seen better. It might have been the rock star posturing, or the endless prattling, but I wasn’t moved by their performance. Maybe I’ll give them another chance after I hear their record.
Luckily, Motorhead did not disappoint. The band blazed through most of their greatest hits during an hour and a half outdoor set, highlighted by “Metropolis” and “Ironfist.” The band rocked out to “Rock Out” from their latest effort “Motorizer.” Definitely a catchier number, more on par with their later work. Lemmy stood stoic, singing in his usual eyes to the sky stance, while guitarist Phil Campbell plodded around the stage. Forget about the drummer – there could have been a boombox on the seat for all we could see behind Mikkey Dee’s massive drum kit. I jest. His solo was pretty amazing, though a tad bit long.
Dee actually hopped out from behind the drums to perform an acoustic version of “Whorehouse Blues,” one of the two surprising (kinda) moments (the other being a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Rosalie”). Motorhead included obvious fan favorites “Aces of Spades” and “Overkill,” but few new tunes, which could be seen as a good thing. I could play fan boy and bitch that I didn’t get to hear “Born to Raise Hell,” then again, I probably shouldn’t be enamored by a song that is remembered for featuring a duet with Ugly Kid Joe.