Motorhead / Misfits / Valient Thorr - September 7, 2008 at the Harrah's Casino - Voodoo Lounge - Kansas City, Missouri

From Aural Innovations May 2009 update

I'm going to talk about the first two opening bands here first - Valient Thorr - a stoner / metal band from North Carolina currently out on the road in support of their latest effort - 'Immortalizer'. Personally, I liked this full-hearted metal ensemble but I can't tell you one song they played during their high energy thirty-minute set. Plus, I found out at the last minute a month or two after this gig, these he-man heavy rockers headlined at a club here in Kansas City but unfortunately, I didn't have time to take the show in. Hopefully, next time. Next up was the long-running punk metal band The Misfits. Haven't seen these guys in about ten years now. Had no idea they were now a trio, made up of: Jerry Only - bass & vocals, Dez Cadena - guitar & backing vocals and Roberto Valverde - drums. Out of their thirty-minute performance, the only tunes I know for sure they played were "Halloween", "Last Caress" (saw Metallica play this song on their current trek), "Horror Hotel" and "Dug Up Her Bones". These dudes sounded decent and all but they really could use a front man.
Now, as myself among the crowd of possibly 600 if not more were ready for the not-so-long awaited return of the true underdogs of British metal - MOTOR(freaking)HEAD!! Had a better time than I did the last time I caught Lemmy and crew - see my review of that shindig in Aural Innovations issue number 35. Motorhead's blistering eighty-minute set was everything one could hope for. Total of seventeen songs, as I'll list them here in order - opened with "Dr. Rock", "Stay Clean", "Be My Baby", "Rock Out" (off their new 'Motorizer' CD , the true-to it's roots "Metropolis", "Over The Top", "One Night Stand", "I Got Mine" and a Thin Lizzy cover of "Rosalie". By this point, I had to fight my way out of the crowd up front of the stage to seek out a refreshing cold beverage. Wanted to mention this was the first show I've attended at the Voodoo Lounge and I really dug the whole scene. From the upstairs view, it sort of reminded me of that place ' London Live' that aired about every day during this summer and fall. Okay, time to return to the action - it was a sheer pleasure to fully experience - once again "In The Name Of Tragedy", "Just Cos You Got The Power", "Going To Brazil", the rousing "Killed By Death", "Iron Fist", "Whorehouse Blues" (where Lemmy puts down his bass and takes center stage - never saw this at a Motorhead concert before). This 'show-of-the-summer' (at least to me) came to a close with two of Motorhead's earliest classics - "Ace Of Spades" and "Overkill". I know that 2008 wasn't exactly the best-ever year for concerts but out of the twenty shows I saw during those twelve months, this was most certainly in my top five.

Reviewed by Mike Reed

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