Motörhead: Stage Fright

Lemmy and co in hi-def demolition mode

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There’s little that can beat Motörhead when they’re in this sort of mean mood and cranked to the max on every level.

Filmed in Düsseldorf during 2004, and now reissued on Blu-ray, Stage Fright sees the band bursting every seam and blood vessel on a selection of songs that balances the classics with deeper cuts from the catalogue, as well as tracks from then-current album Inferno.

The way the gig was filmed puts you right into the core of things: much of it’s done through the audience, with cameras not only capturing the frenzied reactions but flying over people’s heads from the back of the arena and onto the stage. Naturally it’s Lemmy who holds the attention, but it’s also obvious he has a strong rapport with both Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. The bonus material adds little; footage of the fans and the road crew come across as no more than filler material, as does the photo gallery. You’ll probably never want to see any it more than once, whereas the sharpened actual live footage stands up to repeated screenings.


Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021