No Stopping the Locomotive
Motorhead at Lulu's in Kitchener, Ontario, January 20, 1996 with Belladonna and Speedball
by: Alain M. Gaudrault
Previously having co-headlined with Black Sabbath, Lemmy and his road crew were back with top billing at Lulu's. It was a pleasant surprise to see a decent turnout for such a heavy act which had, in fact, already played at the establishment a mere six months earlier.

The opening acts provided limited entertainment. Speedball, with their derivative punk 'n roll, had a lukewarm reception, but were at least tight, fun, and fitting appetizers for Motorhead's main course. Belladonna, featuring ex-Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna, played a set of uninspiring 80's speed metal with a 4-song interlude of Anthrax hits thrown in for good measure. While the Anthrax material went over extremely well, their original compositions were less than well-received. For a metal veteran such as Joey Belladonna, it was sad to see them blown off the stage by Speedball.

Of course, there was no love lost once the openers stepped off to make way for Phil "Zoom" Campbell (guitar), Mickey Dee (drums), and the inimitable Lemmy Kilmister, Rickenbacker strapped firmly around his neck. There's not a whole lot that can be said about a Motorhead gig that hasn't been said many times before, and likely far more eloquently. Motorhead seems to consistently deliver a good, solid show with few surprises. Hell, they opened their set with "Ace of Spades"; if that's not predictable I don't know what is. A few of their better known songs were noticeably dropped from the set in favour of newer material, which is to be expected from a band which consistently releases such fine, heavy albums. Motorhead were pioneers of metal and still command the attention they rightfully deserve. As long as they keep writing and touring, there will be fans clamouring for tickets at the box office. Next time Lemmy and company roll into your town, cancel your plans, get off your ass, and brace yourself for the onslaught.

(article submitted 9/2/1996)


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