Today’s resolution: Fulfill a dream of Motorhead

18 May

That dream, my friends, is seeing Motorhead live in concert while Lemmy is still healthy enough to perform. From my intense joy about Motorhead and love of Lemmy, you might think I’ve been a fan for a very long time. But no. I didn’t hear of Motorhead until a few years ago. I had other things to think about during metal’s heyday in the ’80s and barely was aware of even the least of the genre, i.e. hair bands like Cinderella. So Motorhead had never entered my radar.

About 2004, I was reading a scholarly work called Running with the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music— just for fun, of course — and came upon a passage about this British band, Motorhead. I liked the name. Sounded intriguing.

motorhead band

Motorhead — that's Lemmy in the middle

So I checked out the band on youtube (such an amazing archive for studying musical genres!). The video I chose showed the band performing in England in the ’80s before a sea of teenage boys. I backed out immediately, thinking that was not for me. I’m not a teenage boy. Plus, the band just looked rough. So I listened to maybe a minute of the music and forgot about it.

Lemmy KIlmister of Motorhead

Lemmy

A few weeks later, I had my computer set to a British radio station called Play Rock UK. I was washing dishes when I heard the heart-shocking out-of-the-gate intro to the Lemmy’s speed-metal classic “Ace of Spades.” I stopped in mid dish, listened, feeling my blood pound in my ears, then thought, “Ah, Motorhead.” And I was hooked. I’ve wanted to see the band since that moment.

Tonight, I will. Rock out.

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4 Responses to “Today’s resolution: Fulfill a dream of Motorhead”

  1. Cary May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Have fun!!!

  2. Cici Davidson May 18, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    And we need a full report tomorrow. Could you sleep last night???

    • Rhonda May 18, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Ok. I’ll report it all. I did sleep well but I dreamed about going to the concert all night long. Crazy.

  3. Donna McGowan May 18, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    When I saw they were coming here, I immediately thought of you. I had never heard of the band until you told me about them. Go Lemmy!

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