Music Review: Motörhead and Anthrax, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
On Sunday night, rock and metal fans were treated to a double whammy, writes Austin J Ruddy.
It’s unfair, really, to call Anthrax a support band as after more than 30 years together, they’re also metal legends. So, in effect, we were treated to a double headline show.
It was good to see a near ‘classic’ Anthrax line-up, with crowd-friendly frontman Joey Belladonna warbling through the set and ex-Slayer drummer Jon Dette’s phenomenal playing making the mosh-pit spin like an out of control tumble drier.
Motörhead are now annual residents at the De Mont. On strolls Lemmy, like he’s back home, announcing “Good evening Lie-ses-tor” – clearly, he’s spent too much time in LA – “We are Motörhead. And we play rock ’n’ roll.”
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Actually, it’s a dirty, grumbly brand of rock ’n’ roll and over the next hour, Lemmy shows why he is the Godfather of this unique genre.
It should be noted that Lemmy is 67-years-old next month. Quite how he’s still going after nearly half a century of rock ’n’ roll mayhem is astonishing.
Motörhead do exactly what it says on the can: harsher critics may say the band only have one tune. Fortunately, it’s a good ’un.
Motörhead filled all four corners of De Montfort Hall with their raucous racket and it sounded great.
Two off-stage moments made me smile: scrawled on the white porcelain in the gents was an anarchy symbol with the words ‘Smash the cistern’ and secondly, a young lad of about 11, with a black mohican, out with his parents at the front of the upper tier, jumping up and down head-banging furiously through the whole gig. The future of metal is safe. Good lad.
If you didn't make the show - here are a couple of clips to give you a taster of what you missed.