Motörhead keep going, and going, and going. The years pass and the tours come and go. How do they stand it? For singer Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who’s been on the road since the late 60s, life as a travelling musician must have lost its lustre decades ago.
The answer is that Lemmy, plus guitarist Phil Campbell (28 years in the band) and drummer Mikkey Dee (a mere 19) face life on the road with one part resignation, one part anger and one part schoolboy humour. Note Lemmy’s preface of the Sonisphere set with a dedication to their guitarist Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston, who had died the previous day; and his later declaration that the group would be playing higher up the bill if they were more famous – the joke being that practically no one is more famous in heavy music than he.
Apart from an 11-minute wander around the Wacken site, hosted by two Motörhead fans, which features a quick chat with the three musicians, this DVD/CD set is solely about 28 tracks of live music. Whether you need two versions each of Iron Fist, Stay Clean, I Know How To Die, Overkill, Ace Of Spades, Over The Top, In The Name Of Tragedy, Going To Brazil and The Chase Is Better Than The Catch is debatable, given that Motörhead play them the same way every time. Best view this as a bolt-on to 2011’s much more impressive Volume 1, a documentary which itself tacked neatly onto the Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son Of A Bitch biopic, also from last year. Stick all three together and you’ve got all the Motörhead you’ll ever need.