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Motörhead

Live in Tinley Park, IL, August 2008

Review by Mike Korn

It was a lot of fun to check out the crowd here.

It was a lot of fun to check out the crowd here. Heavy metal is truly multi-generational, as I saw numerous examples of Mom and Dad decked out in biker gear, accompanied by kids obviously born in the 90's who are the same age their parents were when Judas Priest and Black Sabbath first hit hard. There was a great mixture of ages in the crowd that night.


Gary Hill
 
Gary Hill
   

Motorhead certainly had a lot of fans in the crowd. They are nothing less than an institution, if not a way of life. Despite that, that night did not rank with the best shows I have seen from the veterans. A boomy. blown out sound did them no favors, but more than that, their set just seemed to lack a freshness to it. Mikkey Dee did the same drum solo that it seems he's been doing for 20 years now....impressive, but so what? Not to mention, I would have like to have squeezed another song or two into the set in its place. Most of Lemmy's quips also seemed overly familiar, although I did grin when he dedicated "In The Name of Tragedy" to "England's greatest poet, William F***in' Shakespeare!"!When the band played "Over the Top" and "Killers” things seemed to get kicked up a notch and at least they ended on a higher note than  when they began. "Killed By Death" and "Overkill" are favorites for sure, but I think Motorhead should have taken a page from Judas Priest's book tonight and shaken up the set list. Motorhead rules...they always will...but it seems to me they are better in a more intimate atmosphere than giant arena shows.


Greg Olma
 
Greg Olma
   
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