Memories of Lemmy in Three Acts

Act 1: 1972. A young boy, living in Scotland, hears a hard driving, space-themed slice of psychedelia on BBC Radio. The song features a strained, reverb-drenched vocal, a soaring, synth solo, and a woozy, Jimi Hendrix-like guitar lead. The song is Silver Machine by Hawkwind. The boy is immediately transfixed and buys the single. Years later, the boy discovers the vocal is by Lemmy, the leader of a new rock band, Motorhead- that bridges heavy metal and punk, – that the boy has fallen in love with.

Act 2: 1982. The young adult, back in Canada, goes to see Motorhead at the Coliseum at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The venue stinks of manure: the perfect setting for a Motorhead concert. The show is a blur. It is fast and deafeningly loud. In the pre-earplug era, the young adult’s ears ring for days. The smells and sounds he never forgets.

Act 3: 2012. The middle aged adult goes to see Motorhead with his family at the Heavy T.O. metal festival at Toronto’s Downsview Park. The constant downpour has turned the venue into a sea of mud. The ankle deep mud sticks to his shoes like dead weights. It makes movement near impossible. The group, in its latest incarnation, play on the afternoon of the second day; dark clouds threaten: the perfect setting for a Motorhead concert. The show is a blur. It is fast and deafeningly loud. This time he and his family are wearing earplugs. The sights and sounds he never forgets.