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“Better Motorhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith” by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “Better Motorhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 10/16/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

I’d like to start this one by laughing in the face of those who always told me that the music that I listened to had no longevity and would die a quiet death yet here I am reviewing the latest Motorhead live album – an album that celebrates the bands own 30th Anniversary. The recording was done during the bands “Inferno” tour of 2005 and comes from the Hammersmith Apollo in London England, a perfect venue for such a band to deliver a rock solid, chock full of hits evening of music for a sold out crowd. Historically, there has always been something primal and pure about Motorhead music and while I admit that I was not among the earliest fans I quickly learned the error of my ways and became a diehard supporter of Lemmy and the boys. While we can easily enjoy them on record I would have to say that the band belongs on the stage more than in the studio. To say that this live album finds the band smoking would be an understatement and this is largely because they are ALWAYS an incredible experience in the live sense. I would dare say that if Lemmy ever had to choose between touring and recording that he would opt for the road on any day of the week. His powerful bass riffs thunder during the set and are the perfect compliment to drummer Mikkey Dee who was the ideal choice for this band when they brought him on board. The power trio is rounded out by Phil Campbell who shows that he doesn’t need anyone else on guitar as long as he is there and I have to say that I rather enjoy the band in this fashion and find them quite possibly the tightest of all the lineups that they have ever had during the years.
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