Friday, July 31, 2009

Hunter Fest

There are conflicting reports about Motörhead playing in Poland at Hunter Fest. This was posted in Motörhead forums on their official website. However, the following post in the latest news section confirms the bands appearance on July 25/09.

I do know a number of bands pulled out because they say they weren't paid. Apparently the promoters knew better than to mess with Motörhead, the baddest frickn' band on the planet.

Here's some videos I've found online, so I can only assume they played the Fest and these polish fans obviously enjoyed the show at the Mazury Airport.

Here are a few more vids that are of surprisingly good quality. The video is especially good. The following were posted on YouTube by hellkommander. He requested the videos not be embedded, so click on the pics for a link.

'In The Name of Tragedy'

'Over The Top'

'Going to Brazil'

(I had a little trouble linking his various videos to the pics, but you get the idea. Just check out his posts they're pretty good.) And finally, this is Motörhead's set list from the show at Hunter Fest according to (the set list wiki). For a band that supposedly wasn't playing Hunter Fest, they sure rocked that venue!

Here's a Polish drinking toast: Nie ma brzydkich kobiet, tylko sa trzezwi meszczyzni.

Translation: No such thing as ugly women, just sober men.

Ace ♠

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday Night Fishn' ?!?!?

That's right fishn'! I'm on holidays. Or as I like to refer to it... Harley-less days.

Ahhhh... the calm serenity of the lake. The only tension sensitive dial I have to be concerned with is the drag on my fishing reel, not the Death Dial on my bike.

Dropping a line in the water. A cork handled, medium graphite rod and Shimano reel - my weapon of choice. It's unbeknownst to me what species of fish may lurk below... or which scaly cartilaginous will like my lure.

Hopefully it's this guy. But hey, that's why they call it fishn' and not catchin'. A little oil in the pan and I'm ready for a shore lunch. Hmmm, that reminds me of the last post in which I mentioned oil. It was when I fixed my blown front rocker gasket.

I have to stop thinking about riding, I'm on vacation. Now, my drive out to the cabin was non eventful.

Eight hours of Motörhead. Sweet!

Sunflower seeds,

and coffee.

A Lotta' coffee.

However, during my trek I did spot a number of bikes. All makes and models (but primarily H-D) heading south-east.

Given the date of my annual trip to the cottage, I seem to hit packs of bikers, I presume heading to Sturgis. Wish I was goin' with em'.

I tried to snap a few pics but it's all but futile while travelling on the highway.

When the fish aren't biting I've got some time to catch up on my readin'. I picked up the latest issue of The Horse BSC mag.

The summer editions are usually the best because they cover so many big bike events. From the 'Smoke Out X' to 'Sturgis' just to name a few.

This years 'Smoke Out' winner is a beaut... but I miss my baby. Oh well there's only another week and a half of this fun in the sun, golfing, fishing and other stuff normal people do on Harley-less days.

Looky what I found. The old B&W header for my blog, the Motörheadster. Oh how I long to hear that familiar sound... potato, potato, potato.

Speaking of potatoes... I think the fish is ready.

Ace ♠

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

'Anvil, The Story of Anvil'

I threw on a Motörhead T-shirt, a pair of black denim jeans, tied on a bandanna, slipped on my riding boots (all perceived metal paraphernalia) and plunked myself down on the couch with a case of wobbly pops and watched the movie 'Anvil, The Story of Anvil'.

(click to link to movie's website)

Like so many others who've reviewed this award-winning feature documentary by Sacha Gervasi, I really, really enjoyed it.

Strangely enough, the movie begins just like the trailer. The biggest heavy metal bands and names on the planet... Lemmy, Slash, and Lars (to name a few) all bestowing the virtues of Anvil. This is an awesome clip, you gotta' take a peek.

And it goes onto describe how those bands went on to become R&F, and Anvil fell off the face of the earth.

Gervasi documents what happened after the band fell into obscurity and their hey-days of big gigs and wild times in the 80's.

He catches up with Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Rob Reiner twenty years later, trying to make ends meet doing menial jobs in their old home town in Ontario, Canada.

The movie is at times, depressingly sad and yet funny as hell. You truly grow to like the characters as they attempt to once again, try and find success as a metal band.
These guys just won't give up on their dream and their endearing spirit grows on you throughout the film.

From small bar gigs (during a botched and al-be-it ill-fated and poorly organized European tour) to playing a friends wedding, it is utterly compelling to say the least.

IMO the best line in the movie is when Kudlow's sister lent her younger brother the money the band needed to record a new album. After she breaks down in tears there is a slight pause, the camera snaps back to a two-shot and Lips chimes in "Family is important shit, man!" And they embrace. Frick'n hilarious!!

I don't want to spoil it for you... but in the end they do cut a new album/CD.

Their newest release as featured in the movie is called 'This is Thirteen'. Again produced by the same guy who produced two of their most successful LP's.

That includes the album 'Metal on Metal' (a true classic). I bought it in grade nine. No it wasn't a re-issue or a 'Greatest Hits', it was back in 1980. Yes... it was an album. Stop laughing!

Here's a write up in Rolling Stone on the boys from Canada.
Gary Graff of Billboard wrote a great article about the movie, it's worth a read.

(click on pic for Anvil's website)
Yup a great flick and worth renting.

Oh if you're interested, here's a link to the band's website. Yes, you'll need the link because a lot of people (including me) went to this Anvil site by mistake.

Ace ♠

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Who is The Reverend Horton Heat

For those of us on this side of the pond, The Reverend Horton Heat is opening up for Motörhead during their North American leg of their current world tour in support of their latest CD 'Motörizer'.

I've never seen the TRHH band perform and I really don't know that much about them.

So if you're like me and intend to catch up with Lemmy and the boys when they land on our shores, I thought you may want to see a preview of Rev and heat. This video seemed to fit the bill.

This piece of tape was shot at the House of Blues in Dallas on July 25/09

Hard-core rock-a-billy with a dash of punk/metal defiance... cool. With seven or eight beer in ya, they'll sound just fine (before Nashville Pussy) opening up for Motorhead.

Ace ♠

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ile du Gaou (France) Show

Bonjour from France metal heads!


These may be the best concert pics I've stumbled across yet. Motörhead played at Ile du Gaou on Wednesday July 22/09.


Photos courtesy: Pirlouiiiit (Flickr)

For more on the annual event, here's a link to Ile du Gaou Six-Fours France. I found this video as well. Quality isn't all that bad and it's gives you an idea of what the veune looked like.

Ace ♠