Live review: Motorhead, Rev. Horton Heat

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Motorhead with Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy

The Fillmore Charlotte

Sept. 11, 2009

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The Deal: Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and a whole lot of speakers hit the Queen City.

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The Good: Nashville Pussy opened up the show with a quick set of their brand of Southern metal. While singer Blaine Cartwright's voice reminded me of Sam Kinison, his wife, guitarist Ruyter Suys, was all over the place in true rock-star fashion - headbanging, kicking legs up and running around her half of the stage. The band's high energy set got the crowd warmed up quickly.

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Reverend Horton Heat tried to focus on the psycobilly side of its catalog, but found time for a few new country-fried tunes off of its latest, Laughin' & Cryin' — "Ain't No Saguaro in Texas," "Drinkin' and Smokin' Cigarettes," "Death Metal Guys." The band tore through songs such as "Psychobilly Freakout," "Baddest of the Bad," "400 Bucks" and "The Jimbo Song." Heath showed poise and professionalism as he sounded as good as ever in front of a metal leaning crowd that appeared to enjoy every bass slap and Gretsch riff.

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For many metal fans, Lemmy Kilmeister is god and this show surely will help keep the moniker going. Know for their loud concerts, the band had 14 extra speakers lined up in front of the stage, in addition to the wall of Marshall stacks behind them. Kilmeister stalked the stage, growled into his down-turned microphone and blasted through a hefty number of the band's songs (setlist below), saving crowd favorite "Ace of Spades" for the encore. The encore started out with an acoustic, stripped down "Whorehouse Blues."

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On drums at the show, was Matt Sorum — formerly of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver. He appeared to be having a blast behind the kit and even got a moment to tear off a thunderous solo.

The Bad: I am familiar with the phrase, "If it's too loud, you're too old," but what the hell is the point of having a concert blaring out at 120 decibels? Who wants to go home saying, "Yes, I saw Motorhead once. I haven't heard a thing since." I get that concerts are always loud, but threatening permanent damage doesn't seem worth it.

The Verdict: Overall a great show with a diverse lineup. Surprisingly, the Reverend fit right in.

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Motorhead setlist

Iron Fist

Stay Clean

Be My Baby

Rock Out

Metropolis

Over the Top

One Night Stand

I Got Mine

Thousand Names

Another Perfect Day

Tragedy

Power

Brazil

Killed By Death

Bomber

Encore

Whorehouse Blues

Ace of Spades

Overkill


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