Lemmy Kilmister explains his unabatedly passionate relationship with his own band and its varied history as follows: "Motörhead is not only my job, it?s my whole life." The legendary group is about to celebrate its 30th an... more »niversary this year, looking back on a unique career. Motörhead have sparkled on the world?s most prestigious stages, graced countless important music magazine covers and released numerous rock classics. The fact that this band counts among the most authentic and charismatic rock acts world-wide is without a doubt due to the never-tiring enthusiasm of Lemmy, who continues to live his own visions of musical earthiness irrespective of trends and fashions. This latest Motörhead release, entitled Stage Fright, is a double DVD and not merely a rock?n?roll statement chiseled into stone, but also an extraordinary look at the band?s life.« less
"The Good Disc 1: The first disc highlights Motorhead's historic performance at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany from December 7, 2004. Motorhead were in the midst of their Inferno World Tour. This is probably the best lit and best shot Motorhead show that I have ever seen. Not only do you get muti-camera angles, but there's a stop-motion camera that takes some cool shots too. The show sounds great in both stereo and 5.1. You get 20 Motorhead tunes in all. Songs include all the classics of course; "Dr. Rock," "No Class," "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.," "Killed by Death," "Iron Fist," "Ace of Spades," and "Overkill."
You also get a sprinkling from their latest album Inferno that includes "Killers" and "Whorehouse Blues;" a song in which the group break out the acoustic guitars. As Lemmy says, Motorhead always tries to hit you with something new. You even get rare tracks that are hardly played live such as "Dancing on Your Grave." You have a few options when it comes to viewing the show. You can have visual commentary in which the show cuts away to the group for their thought, you can have audio commentary which narrates over the show, or you can have subtitles of the commentary. I do have to warn you though; the commentary is more of a pat on the back then anything really insightful or interesting. They do give a few choice nuggets of info though.
Disc 2: This disc contains all the extras. The extras aren't spectacular, but they're not horribly boring either. "L.A. Special" covers the backstage scene before a big Motorhead show. You get to see brief interviews with artists like Dave Grohl, Chris Jericho, Kerry King, and other about how influential Motorhead was for them. The "Fans" section is comprised of die-hards that they caught in the lobby before the big Germany show. You wouldn't believe some of the huge and extensive tattoos some of these people have. "Testimonials" are various touring stories provided by the road crew.
"We Are the Road Crew" is a mini documentary on the members of Motorhead's stage crew. I have to stay that the cook steals the show with his loving surliness. You can view a slide show of the Germany show and read Motorhead's back stage tour rider. Can you believe they all hate Hershey bars? "Making Of" gets into all of the technical and physical aspects of putting the Germany show together. There's a DVD portion of this disc in which you can view a high-definition version of the "Overkill" performance, download wallpapers (I have one on my computer now), download ringtones (wasn't compatible with my phone, and view their discography (their SPV/Steamhammer discography).
The Bad Very minor stuff. As I said before, the commentary is not very interesting, and the bonus material is okay, but unless you're into all the technical and backstage stuff, it won't blow you away.
The Verdict They are Motorhead, and Stage Fright is going to kick your ass!"
MUST OWN FOR ANY MOTORHEAD FAN!!!
"The Woj" | Downers Grove, IL | 02/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Stage Fright" is arguably one of the best concert dvds I have purchased. Any Motorhead fan needs to add this to their cart ASAP. Why? Great camera work, great sound, great price and the best band on the planet, Motorhead. The camerawork is excellent. The dvd does not fall prey to the "switch the picture" every split second disease as often as most concert films. Often concert dvds swith the camera angle so often it makes your head spin, not here. The 5.1 sound is fantastic. Every instrument & vocal come through loud, clear & in your face...right where they need to be! The sound quality is as good as any Motorhead live album released on a cd. The price is very reasonable too. 2 dvds for the price of one. There is a great special feature on disc two about the band and the road crew which is a must see for any Motorhead fan. Last, but not least....MOTORHEAD!! I swear Lemmy has never sounded better and the band is firing on all cylinders. Mickey Dee is rock's best drummer, bar none! Phil Campbell has stepped up his game big time...flat out killer guitar work...leaving even the longest time fans to ask themselves, "Eddie who?". Plus, the set list is really good. All in all, just a few words here to let you know this dvd is as great as advertised. You can even check out zShops and get a pretty good price."
Motorhead mayhem .....
robboathy | atherton england | 12/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the one.No gimmicks,no smoke and mirrors just a wall of unremitting sound and lemmys rasping vocals no doubt well lubricated by a generous measure of jack daniels. The set includes most of the classic tracks and a couple of songs from the 2004 album "inferno".The number "all in the name of tragedy" is as good as anything they have produced. In celebration of their thirtieth year, this band no what it takes to move a crowd.Played in Dusseldorf, lemmy wearing his iron cross obviously feels at home and the germans certainly appreciate the finer points of decibal devastation. If you are aware of motorheads prowess then this dvd is a must buy.Good time guaranteed. ps. Wear the headphones or wait until the neighbours are out."
This DVD will kick your ass!
J. Cassidy | Holden, MA | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One suggestion I'd give is to have a good sound system. The sound is awesome. It's the next best thing to being there. Turn it up and buckle up. The 5.1 surround has you in the front row. If you like fast, hard Motorhead, buy this now. Mikkey's bass drum was pounding my chest. Don't hesitate. Whoever engineered this DVD did his job right. Like I said, it kicked my ass!"
Motorhead Stage fright
Peter J. Sarka | NY, NY | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great experience to watch the show and the back stage stuff is great. This band is the real deal, sex drugs and rock and roll at it's finest. The meat and potatoes of rock and roll. Get it and live Motorhead. White your listening, get Lemmys book White LIne Fever its a great read as well. "