These images were taken on the 23rd of May 2001
My battered copy,
but it turned out not to be needed
Because I wished to live fast and die young
... of course! And obviously I took my gameboy camera and spare batteries
I sat in a
traffic jam until I reached Morden
In the traffic jam this poorly customised Opel Manta was spotted
Because it took so long I decided not to eat out and grabbed a quick baguette
My tube journey took me from deepest south London...
... to mid-north London
It was easy to spot Motorhead fans on the tube - black leather and tatoos revealed all.
The Forum nightclub looked like this
The queue streched round the block, but it was fast moving and I was soon in the concert. Tickets were avalible on the door - however the club was filled up later on.
The merchandise stall sold the usual gear like t-shirts
You could buy top rock food like danish pastries, and this quiche
The huge mixing desk used by the engineers
Big racks of equipment seemed unnecessary for a 3 piece rock band
Beer was OK for a club at 2.90 but water-bottles were a pisstake 1.30 - not good.
During the 45 minute gap until Motorhead the proceedings were spiced up with ladish chants such as "Motorhead, motorhead, motorhead", "Lemmy is the guv'nor" and the classic Motorhead chant, as old as the band itself, the slow "Modor-head!" - and that spelling is correct.
Gameboy camera work was obviously impossible during the actual gig. As Lemmy said - "We're Motorhead and we're gonna fucking rock!". I can't possibly list all the classic choonz that were dropped, but some were:
Lemmy also disrespected all politicans (a reference to the forthcoming general election) saying - "This isn't about politics... its rock and roll". A sentiment I agree with. Lemmy also cracked some jokes - which weren't funny. but he's a rock legend so I'll forgive him.
The mosh was violent - but in a good natured way. One guy fell over, and the people around him formed a barrier until he was able to get up - a very proper spirit. I stayed in the region between the full-on pushing and the staid standing types, where a rock-chick kept stinging my arm with her enthusiastic headbanging (respect!).
Lemmy had his usual bass, Phil used a variety of guitar through out the night - including a beautiful red/yellow sunburst Gibson Explorer (I later learned this not to be a Gibson - but actually by a special maufacturer called LAG). None of them obviously needed to tune up either. I would have prefered to see Phil's guitar with more mid/treble and Lemmy's vocals at a slightly higher level - but the production was the best I've seen from a Motorhead live set.
The massive 'iron boar' drape at the back of the stage. The eyes glow red!!
Motorhead fans discussing the set
I chatted to this crusty old rocker - and he gave a souvenier guitar pick (geezer!)
The pictures are blurry, but this is the Motorhead logo. The top one has Phils signature
Eventually I reached Morden. Seeing the Nova^H^H^H^H^H Astra after a nightout is always quality:
My '91 Vauxhall Astra Mk2 (Opel Kadett). The GB Cam did well in near darkness!
I was hoping to look wasted for this shot - but I don't...
...anyhow heres a real 'damage case'!
The one bad point of a wicked rave was that I lost the spare batteries for my Gameboy!
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