Motörhead normally scream out of the blocks when they play live, but today at Sonisphere’s Apollo Stage, Lemmy opens with an announcement, an announcement that is like a bombshell across Sonisphere. Former guitarist Würzel had died of a heart attack the day before. Some were already aware of this but as us TINAS operatives were trying to save power on phones and laptops, we had been a little out of the loop, and so it was a completely moment sobering suckerpunch for us. Lemmy, clearly affected, dedicated the entire set to their brother.

It’s harsh to criticise Motörhead, baring in mind the news they have just delivered, and for them to even perform is a credit to them completely. It was all just a little subdued up until around the half hour mark, where something seemed to ignite. It could well have been the short break Lemmy and Phil Campbell took whilst Mikkey Dee battered seven bells out of his kit for the drum solo during ‘In The Name Of Tragedy’. It could have been the fact that the audience were still less raucous because of the news of Würzel sinking in, and had finally found their voices once more, but whatever it was, Motörhead fired up, and this time they really did turn it up to 11.

The closing salvo of ‘Killed By Death’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Overkill’ was pure power through and through. Campbell choosing ‘Ace Of Spades’ to bring out his favourite brew branded guitar, and doing for Strongbow what Lemmy has done for Kronenbourg. It was back to the full on Lemmy led assault: “We are Motörhead and we play Rock ‘n’ Roll”… and they play it damn well and bloody loudly.

Motörhead setlist:
Iron Fist
Stay Clean
Get Back In Line
Over the Top
One Night Stand
I Know How to Die
In the Name of Tragedy
Going to Brazil
Killed by Death
Ace of Spades

Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal