They were the Kings on the Road. They lived into it. They loved it along with the fans loved them!
Never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than once they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to in the inch with their lives as a result of that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume. In fact, after 40 years of bone-pulverizing duty, Motörhead were enjoying sold-out gigs worldwide.
On November 20th and 21st 2015, in the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR Records made a decision to record – how it happened to be the actual last of his shows ever recorded – and Motörhead proceeded to supply two storming soldout shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there seemed to be measured but still thunderous rock’n’roll served up only when they could, Phil Campbell playing better and, and Mikkey Dee elevating the skill of drumming towards the superlative heights which made him considered one of metal’s most coveted skinsmen.
He sounds so dialed in, somewhat mean even (within the best possible way) snarling in some places, cackling when appropriate, and singing in such a way which will defy each and every pre-conceived expectation you could have had. Yes, he was fighting ailments. But no, he had not been flimsy or faded, actually on Clean Your Clock he lays about the marker for all those near-70 year olds when it comes to wicked bad-assery.
Those first strains on the mighty “Bomber” are similar to a salve to all or any heavy metal souls, the reverberant classic forcing someone to turn it up, Lemmy snarling and roaring. “Metropolis” grooving much like the day it had been written, and “Overkill” as mighty as ever…. But right here is the unavoidable truth. There will be no more Motörhead tours because Lemmy is not here. Many, some people did not get the opportunity to hear them again on what proved being their last-ever part of road work helping to make Clean Your Clock a very important release. It is both a celebration with an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead’s unique live sound.
Clean Your Clock would be the natural sound of among rock’n’roll’s mightiest, rarest and a lot astoundingly excellent beasts – Motörhead. There isn’t a plaudit they haven’t received and then there isn’t a plaudit they don’t deserve. And if there had to become a ‘final’ Motörhead album, perhaps it truly is fitting that Clean Your Clock, an excellent live encapsulation from the band at your home, will be the one.
So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, alter the feel the noise is the place it’s loud… and don’t forget Lemmy and Motörhead within the best possible way and in mind what he always said: Don’t forget us, we’re Motörhead so we play rock’n’roll!
Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You/ Over The Top/ (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch/ Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It/ Dr. Rock/ Just ‘Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues/ Overkill