If you need proof that Metallica love Motorhead, check out this just-posted video of Metallica posing as The Lemmys in 1995 at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in LA. The guys, who donned sunglasses and long, black-haired wigs, tore through a set of Motorhead songs in honor of Lemmy Kilmister‘s 50th birthday.
Last night (September 1), Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister walked off the stage after playing three songs. The bassist eventually returned to the stage, telling the crowd, "I can't do it." He also apologized to the crowd for the show’s quick end.
No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” A fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.
The sound of Motörhead is defined by the high-output fat tone and midrange grind Lemmy Kilmister has delivered for decades with songs like "Ace of Spades” and "Iron Fist,” combined with a fast pick attack on his Rickenbacker bass.