Motorhead is a band that needs no introduction. The band is celebrating 40 years of their unique brand of heavy metal music. I had the honor and privilege of providing photo coverage of their show in Indianapolis, IN. First impressions mean a lot, and the atmosphere was energetic even before the doors open. A huge line of Motorhead fans were lined up and sharing their favorite memories about the band. As the night went on, the anticipation grew as you could feel how anxious the crowd was. They were all ready for Motorhead.
Honestly, the fact that Lemmy can still walk out on stage and put on a high quality show and rock out a packed house is awe inspiring to me. For those of you that weren't aware, the metal icon(Lemmy) has had a series of really serious health issues. I remember standing there with my camera taking pictures of him while he sang with that signature raspy gritty tone. How could you not get excited by someone like him. Lemmy is a musician that had a major influence on many rockers that you look up to today. The man simply won't ever stop doing what he loves doing, even in poor health.
Their most popular song to date “Ace of Spades” was spot on performance wise. The crowd erupted and even though it was a seated theater you felt the roof about to blow off the venue with all the energy. Motorhead definitely has something in a live show that many newer bands lack. It's the “It” factor, something you define or describe but you can just feel it listening to the live show. They even threw in a four to five minute drum solo halfway through the set. I imagine it is a way to give Lemmy a chance to catch his breath. If you have a chance to check out one tour this year i'd highly recommend Motorhead. They are icons that paved the way for music today. I drove a total of five hours to see the band perform and it was worth it and then some.