Life doesn’t get much better than a day off in the middle of the work week, with fireworks, friends and family, unless of course you are also attending the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. That is exactly what several thousand (roughly 8500) Boise and Treasure Valley rock fans did to celebrate their independence on July 4.
Given the legendary status that Motörhead has attained over the near four decade span of its career, one would assume the band had played in Boise on numerous occasions. However, according to singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister, yesterday’s performance at the Idaho Center in Nampa is the trio’s first ever appearance in the City of Trees.
Perhaps the iconic voice and face of Motörhead is suffering from a bit of age-related memory loss, or perhaps this really was his first trip to Boise. Regardless, it was certainly exciting to see the band perform.
The trio of Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell , and drummer Mickey Dee has been together as a consistent line-up for 20 years. Campbell and Kilmister have been together for 30 years.
The band treated the rabid Boise fans to a mere dozen Motörhead classics covering the span of the band’s music catalog. The trio kicked off the set with “Bomber”, and “Damage Case” before playing a track “I Know How to Die” from the band’s most recent album, 2010’s “The Wörld Is Yours“. Also in the mix were the songs, “Stay Clean”, “Over the Top”, “The Chase is Better Than the Catch”, “The One to Sing the Blues”, “Going to Brazil”, and “Killed By Death”. Motörhead closed it out with their hits “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill”.
Kilmister was thrilled by the enthusiastic crowd response and stated that he hoped it wouldn’t be another 36 years before he returned to Boise. He then added that he likely wouldn’t be around then anyway. As he introduced the members of the band, Lemmy shouted to the crowd: “We are Motörhead, and we play rock and roll!”
And indeed they did.