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Motorhead Takes Over The Swindon Oasis With The Help Of The Damned And Girlschool

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It's almost a given that if you like any form of hard rock or metal, you like Motorhead. No other band has the longevity, the honesty and the volume that Motorhead carry with them at all times. Not only do they live rock and roll, they are the embodiment of it. So having them come to perform in Swindon (which they have only done about three times before in their 34 year history) was a real treat for all concerned.

Opening the show this evening was Girlschool, who have been going for nearly as long as Motorhead, forming in 1978. I unfortunately missed quite a bit of their set but what I did see was alot of fun. They gave a performance that showed how much they enjoy not playing their music, but being on the stage in general. They were definitely a great opening act and set the mood for the great evening of rock and roll that was to follow. I look forward to seeing them again in the future and hopefully getting there on time!

Next up was British punk rock legends The Damned. A little bit of pub trivia for you, The Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, an album and tour the United States, not the Sex Pistols as so many people believe. As Michael Caine might say, not alot of people know that! The Damned approached their live show with a great spirit and got plenty of the crowd excited from the opening sentence of "Hello... We're The Damned.... And we sound a bit like this... Is she really going out with him?" before the pounding drums of "New Rose" kicked off a fantastic performance. I personally had been wanting to see The Damned for six years and it was well worth the wait to see them tear through classic songs like "Neat, Neat, Neat" and "Love Song." They were also as hilarious as they were exciting, with guitarist Captain Sensible joking about the recent Morrissey show in Swindon that ended after the singer collapsed on stage after one song. He declared the tour to be "very anti-Simon Cowell" and a "celebration of rock and roll." They closed with the always classic anthem, "Smash It Up" which was followed with Captain Sensible running over to lead singer Dave Vanian's microphone to perform a bit of his 1980s novelty hit song, "Happy Talk" before being dragged off the stage by his guitar straps by Vanian. If I had to ask anything of The Damned, it would be that next time they play "Machine Gun Etiquette" and "Melody Lee." "Nasty" would be a good addition too, but really, those are only requests. If you're a fan of punk rock, go and see The Damned. You won't regret it!

"We are Motorhead... We play rock and roll" was the introductory growl from the iconic singing bass player Lemmy as the headliners took the stage. After that it was into the classic, "Iron Fist" and the onslaught of loud instruments and great songs continued from there. The energy the band brings didn't stop for a second and the band brought a few surprises into their set too, which is always good to hear, performing a cover of the Twisted Sister song, "Shoot 'em Down" and the acoustic blues vibe of "Whorehouse Blues." It was also nice to hear songs from their new album, "Motorizer" as well as songs from the previous two albums, "Inferno" and "Kiss Of Death." The band performed the awesome, "One Night Stand" from the latter album and "In The Name Of Tragedy" from the former. They also included timeless songs such as "Going To Brazil," "Killed By Death" and "Over The Top." Hearing the band playing "Bomber" felt fantastic as on the two occassions I had seen them before, they left it out from the set. And for the encore? What else would you expect than the song that defines heavy metal and hard rock and roll in general, "Ace Of Spades," followed by the title track of their second album, "Overkill." Motorhead proved once again why they are one of the true legends of rock with a performance that didn't falter once, great crowd interaction and timeless songs. All in all, it was a great night, though the crowd really were a disappointment. Alot of people in Swindon complain that they don't have a proper music venue to draw bigger acts but if they are as still as many in the crowd were for Motorhead, building a venue would just be a waste of money and time. That aside, if you live in the U.K. and you like your concerts to be f'ing loud (the "f" is not for fairly!) and alot of fun, then you simply have to catch this tour!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. Rik writes:

Swindon needs a proper music venue because the Oasis is a sh!t place for music. It's just a big leisure centre. Seeing bangs there is like going to a school disco. Plus it sounds appalling in there.

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

I heard they're gonna change the Gala bingo hall into a Carling Academy, dunno how much truth there is in that though. I'd like to have a proper music venue too and I'd hope if we get one, the crowds will be alot more enthusiastic than last night. Too many people stood there with their arms folded.

# Nov 16, 2009 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Lakota1067 writes:

We've been waiting so long for Motorhead to come to Swindon we've all got too old to jump around like mad men for two hours! Seriously, over 60% of the audience was the wrong side of 45. Even Lemmy noted it, just before they ripped into Metropolis - "this is for the older fans in the audience, you know, the ones my age."

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4. Diamond Oz writes:

You bring up a very good point. My apologies. There were plenty of people my age though were stood still with an unimpressed expression. The sound at The Oasis isn't as bad as everyone makes out and although it would be very nice to have our own venue designed for bigger bands and the like, I have no problem going there. I see what the first poster means about it being a school disco 'cause of the flooring but a venue's quality shouldn't matter at the end of the day. It's all about the music.

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5. georgie writes:

first time at Oasis - pretty impressed as a venue,-compared with colston hall, Thursday, though Newport (Friday) also a lesiure centre, is still my favourite cos its got steep terraces for shorties like me to actually see.

Girls school fab real energy, Dammed classic definitive set - and Motorhead.... awesome
cobwebs cleared! stress managed! everyone should go to a motor gig just once- but they have a habit of getting to you
Dont forget us

# Nov 16, 2009 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rik writes:

Of course the quality of the venue matters, if a venue has bad acoustics then the band will sound like sh!t. People go to see bands play live for the music.
The sound at the Oasis is bad. The acoustics are terrible. It's 6 concrete, parallel surfaces with nothing to break up the sound. It's about as bad as a music venue gets.

Swindon doesn't need a big venue for big bands like everyone bangs on about, next time Elton John comes he can play in Country Ground. It's needs a venue like a Carling Academy (or O2 as they seem to be now). Something designed properly and that can hold 800 to 1000 people. I've never been in the Gala bingo hall, but it's probably the right size to build something in.

The Oasis was designed to last for 20 years and it was build something like 30 years ago. It needs to be torn down and rebuilt.

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7. Rychemn writes:

blg 5....yes, just this past year I made sure to go and see a legend like "Motorhead" and the one word that I could find to best describe it is......."Intense".......100% sure to pound your senses black!!!!!

# Nov 19, 2009 @ 3:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. The-stigg writes:

Was at Swindon gig,all I can say is wow.
I for one am 42 I also noticed it was nearly all my age and older.
So just shows you what we all know young people have no taste in music.Being fed X factor crap.
I found the sound fantastic,It was to bloody loud to notice anything wrong.
All in all great night and yes Swindon oasis center is not a concert hall true its a badmington court,but we dont have anything else.
So thank you Lemmy and co for a fantastic show.
I have waited years to see you. From all of Swindon

# Nov 19, 2009 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. dimtim writes:

having lived in Swindon for 38 years it was great to see God and the boys in town,but the crowd were allways going to be a dissapointment,Swindon moans about not having the venue but most people in the town are dead from the neck up.so those of us who want too rock n roll travel the country to vent our spleens.Thanks for putting Swindon in the tour,it has been a long wait but it was worth it

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