Gigantour Featuring Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, Volbeat at Comerica Theatre, 2/25/12
William Westfall Megadeth
Saturday, February 25
I'm no metalhead, but I recognize dedication when I see it. I spent last night at the Gigantour, featuring Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, and Volbeat, packed into Comerica theatre with people from all generations, cloaked in the blackest of black, all with a shared desire to have their eardrums raped by machine-gun drumming and shredding guitars.
As I walked into Comerica Theatre on a seasonal Saturday evening, I took note that the red shirt I had on was way too colorful and made me stick out like Waldo in the crowd of dark shirts. Turns out I had no need to worry: Regardless of my lack of long hair and tattoo sleeves, I was welcomed into the fascinating and fast-paced world of metal.
Following sets by Lacuna Coil and Volbeat, metal god Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead took the stage. After plowing through "Bomber," guitarist Phil Campbell asked the crowd, "Do you want us to play even fucking louder?" Of course the crowd did, and of course, so did Motorhead. The English band, who are considered to be the godfathers of metal, played a few songs from their newest album, The World Is Yours. The first of these songs they played was, "I Know How to Die," and the moshpit on the floor grew to the largest size it had been all night. After "The Chase Is Better than the Catch," the three metal gods took a pause to have a drink and raise their cups in cheers to the crowd, which was fitting considering the majority of people last night were just as interested in the beer they were pounding as listening to the drums that were pounding. Speaking of drums, how about Mikkey Dee? The band's drummer was alone on stage during, "The One to Sing the Blues," and he executed the best drum solo I have ever seen for a solid three minutes. His drum set was raised high above the stage, and after I watched his arms flail at incredible speeds and accuracy, I understood why. Mikkey Dee is a drumming god.
William Westfall Motorhead
The band continued to rock Comerica with "Killed by Death," where I witnessed a man getting carried out of the moshpit by security with what appeared to be a broken leg. Yup. Badass. The crowd was electrified when Lemmy announced the second-to-last song, "Ace of Spades," arguably heir best known song. The headbanging continued, the moshing continued, and they ended their set with "Overkill." After the band finished the last song, Lemmy in all of his Lemmyness reminded people, "Don't forget us. We are Motorhead. And we play fucking rock 'n' roll." They took a bow, and the crowd went nuts.
Motorhead played for nearly an hour and vibrated the walls of Comerica with 11 of their songs. Part of me wonders how the hell Lemmy still does what he does after all of the drugs and alcohol he has injested over the years. Another part of me was a little disappointed that the iconic band didn't get a little more time on stage. I mean, come on, it's Motorhead.