MOTÖRHEAD Crank Up The Volume At London's Royal Opera House

February 24, 2004

MOTÖRHEAD played the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in central London on Sunday night, raising the rafters at the home of classical opera in London as part of a publicity stunt to boost tourism to the British capital, according to the South African Press Association.

The band, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the loudest in the world, played a range of 120 decibel numbers in the Vilar Floral Hall at the invitation-only concert, the first in the "One Amazing Week".

The Times critic said tongue-in-cheek the group was an appropriate act for the venue, pointing to "their obvious homage to the Wagnerian end of the repertoire so elegantly expressed by their well-placed umlaut" — the group spells its name with two dots over the second O.

He also remarked on their "adherence to black leather and their highly operatic concern with violence, extreme emotional states and last things described in such songs as 'Bomber', 'Damage Case' and 'Killed by Death'."

Lemmy's voice could best be described as the kind of heroic tenor need for roles like Siegfried, the critic said.

The band closed its set in traditional style with "God Save the Queen" — the version made famous by Johnny Rotten of the SEX PISTOLS.

Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).