With Opening Bands Year Long Disaster and
Photo: Lemmy of Motorhead
said, really. If you have not heard of them or the
name Lemmy, or one of their songs over the last
thirty odd years, then you most likely will not
get it anyway. It is not a band you find off a review.
You discover them due to the good graces of some
scary dude in your neighborhood that puts it on
after throwing you a beer and packing one up. Or
you found ‘em out at a party full of people
with a penchant for Harley Davidson and Tennessee
Whisky. Motorhead is rock and roll.
They rolled into Manhattan on a Saturday Night.
Waiting in line was a crowd of black, leather and
boots. Supporting Lemmy and co. was Year Long Disaster
and Valiant Thorr. I met my photographer, and we
made our way in and to the bar. The first band we
checked out was Year Long Disaster.
|Daniel Davies of Year
||Year Long Disaster
As many have already noted ad nauseum, front man
Daniel Davies is the son of The Kink’s Dave
Davies. So there you go, it is now out of the way.
Davies is a confident front man, dancing around
the stage with his Les Paul while the band churns
out some good gritty swampy tinged rock metal. Year
Long Disaster basically is an amped-up power trio.
Their first album has been out for about a year.
I would like to see what their next offering would
Valient Thorr claim to be time traveling aliens.
They definitely are cartoonish muppets that landed
in a trailer park in somewhere in a bad part of
Appalachia, did way too much crystal meth, and then
somehow landed on the stage of the Roseland Ballroom,
and the proceeded to freak the hell out. They play
a chaotic blend of southern fried metal. I found
them to be highly entertaining. They brought melodrama
like a wrestling event, they did it rocking out,
playing like crazed madmen, and they were completely
in on it. They are a band that understands how to
put out a package.
Triple H of the WWE
And then it was Motorhead. Speaking of wrestling,
they were introduced by Triple H of the WWE. That
is all I can tell you. I have not followed wrestling
in a seriously long time. You know what to expect
at a Motorhead show. That is why you came. They
are out supporting the new album “Motorizer”.
And it is what they do best. Its black Sabbath stripped
down and punked out. It is a good combination, and
they have employed it to great success repeatedly.
It is why they are still playing. How many bands
last three decades? Motorhead endures. Motorhead
lives. Motorhead is rock and roll.