REVIEW: Motörhead rock Venue Cymru


Iwan Berry

LLANDUDNO received a visit from the self-proclaimed “loudest band in the world” when world-renowned hard rock legends and titans of tinnitus Motörhead played in the Arena at Venue Cymru.

This is Motörhead’s 35th year, and the tour also marks the release of their upcoming album The Wörld is Yours, which will be out in the new year.

With the mood for the evening adequately set by Motörhead’s two support acts, energetic hard rockers Skew Siskel and manic glam rock band Michael Monroe, the several-hundred strong crowd were in the right frame of mind to greet their heroes to the stage.

Fronted by rock god Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who at the age of 64 will soon be in the running for world’s most indestructible pensioner, Motörhead are famed for their high-octane hard rock stylings, which bring together the eardrum-enlightening guitar solos and aggression of heavy metal with the speedy rhythms and ferocity of punk.

Clad in his iconic cowboy hat and still proudly bearing his handlebar moustache, Lemmy made an instant link with the crowd when he recounted his connections with North Wales in between songs, eliciting a roaring cheer when he used the phrase “Cymru am Byth”, and charging a raucous response from the crowd by citing some more illicit anecdotes about his youth in the area.

And Lemmy was backed confidently by his longstanding bandmates, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee (formerly of King Diamond), both of whom were allowed to showcase their skills with intense spotlit solos.

And naturally, all three were on fantastic form when playing through their old and new hits, ending on the rock anthem and crowd favourite Ace of Spades, which encouraged wild headbanging from gigantic Hells Angels types, and 14-year-olds in hoodies with their dads acting as earplugged chaperones.

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