Motorhead + Saxon/Danko Jones at Glasgow Carling, Nov 10th 08
Sweet holy mother of decibels! – that was one ultraloud gig…and I had plugs in my ears. In fact, it is officially the loudest gig I’ve ever been to and that includes Set The Tone at Strathclyde Uni students union back in the early 80s (a band who had the most ginormous bass bins I’ve ever seen, piled either side of the old Level 8 stage), and Black Sabbath at the Glasgow Apollo in ’78. Phil and Lemmy’s guitars were well amplified, but the lion’s share went to the double bass drums – when those suckers were being whacked, the entire Carling Academy shook. And, of course, Lemmy had the sound guys turn it up as Motorhead’s set went on (I can’t help wondering if some bizarre clinical trial of human hearing was being conducted last night under cover of a raucous metal gig), and the last song, aptly, was Overkill.
Support was Danko Jones and Saxon: Danko Jones I knew little about but I thought they were okay (and I told my mate Graeme that if they added a harmonica they’d come across as a beefed-up Nine Below Zero); Saxon were just astonishing – loved this band ever since I was a DJ back in the late 70s/early 80s, and was looking forward to my 1st, yes, 1st experience of them live. Also, I had never seen Motorhead live – later we joked that those 30 years of building up courage to go see Motorbonce live were, er, well spent!
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