It wasn't a SXSW-sanctioned show, but for Motörhead, Aftermath will spare the formalities. Last night at Stubb's in Austin, the prolific and iconic punk-metal-biker-doom band turned in a concrete gig to unofficially open SXSW 2010 with a decidedly hellish bang.
Aftermath nearly missed the opening song, "Iron Fist," due to believing there was no way on Lemmy's green earth that the band would play before 10 p.m. But sure enough, right as we walked in the gates, the power trio fired up.
We scored a photo pass a few days before to shoot the band, so we made our way up to the front of the house to set up shop. Watching Lemmy Kilmister, drummer Mikkey Dee, and Phil Campbell at such a close vantage point, you see how precise they really are live. It's devastating how tight the trio is.