Veterans of British heavy metal, Motorhead, whose new album “Bad Magic” is due for release next week, kicked off their North American tour this past Wednesday, August 19, at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.
Motorhead is doing twenty dates most of which include special guest Saxon. Anthrax is scheduled to join them on selected dates. The tour will conclude on the MOTORBOAT FESTIVAL CRUISE embarking from Miami on September 28 with stops at Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
While Motorhead is unleashing “Bad Magic”, Saxon is getting ready to release their 21st album in October. The new single “Battering Ram” can be streamed on YouTube, and is now a part of Saxon’s set. As a matter of fact, the band opened up their set with “Battering Ram”, and even lead singer Biff Byford was surprised that the song was so well received by the fans since it had not been out for that long.
Along with the new material, Saxon performed crowd’s favorites “Heavy Metal Thunder”, “Wheels of Steel”, “Crusader.” The mosh pit that engulfed the middle of the auditorium was no surprise. For those who had a chance to catch Saxon on tour with Armored Saint just a few months ago in Hollywood, it’s obvious they are relentlessly touring this album and have no intention of slowing down. Having completed a headlining tour, going back to the studio and knocking out a new album, they barely took a breath before going back on the road.
The same can be said about the legendary Motorhead. Despite some health issues that caused Lemmy Kilmister to miss a show in South America, the band doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the word retirement. And why would they? As they were getting ready to take the stage, the hoard of excited fans were chanting their name in unison so loudly that it could be heard across the street from the venue.
With “Bad Magic” on the way, the tour is expected to be a good mix of classics and new material for the fans; however, on this day it was a classics-only set.
The band kicked off their set with “We Are Motorhead”, and “Damage Case” followed by “Metropolis.” Phil Campbell delivered a guitar solo midway through the set. Unlike most solos, nobody cared to head to the restroom or the beer lines for this one.
As they closed with “Ace of Spades”, the audience knew that it was probably a good idea to savor every last moment of Lemmy and his iconic presence. They showed it with a rousing ovation as an encore of “Overkill” sent them home knowing they had seen an icon that will live forever.
Catch Motorhead and Saxon on tour this fall. The remaining tour dates can be seen here.
Preorder Motorhead’s “ Bad Magic” on iTunes
Download new Saxon album “Sacrifice” on iTunes