Gig Coverage: Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise 2015

By Mathieu Bredeau

Motorboat_2015_1

What would a metalhead, former biker and eternal youngster like myself be on a cruise to the Bahamas? “It’s for old people,” “It’s cheesy”…people say. Speaking of a cruise, only two things come to my mind: “Titanic” and “Love Boat.” Well, that was before I heard about Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise.

Imagine a pirate ship full of like-minded individuals, braving the waves on their quest to be the loudest boat ever. Starting to sound interesting? Now imagine an incredible lineup led by the legendary Motörhead, and including sets by Fucking Slayer (formerly known as Slayer), Anthrax, Hatebreed, Exodus, my personal favorites Suicidal Tendencies and many more. I bet it’s not simply sounding interesting, but a must attend. Get ready, we’re sailing soon!

Motorboat_2015_2

Motorboat_5

Miami – Under The Blood Red Moon

At the port of Miami, we didn’t see a pirate boat (which was a relief, to be honest) but instead a massive ship that we were hoping would be big enough that it wouldn’t sway too much!

After a quick boarding process, it was time to take a look around, head to the pool deck and get a beer… or six. Buy five get one free? Why have one beer when you can have a full bucket, right? Metalheads were taking their marks, ready to burn some tattoos.

It was time to unleash the noise. Exodus took the pool deck stage during a beautiful afternoon in Miami. Corrosion of Conformity then followed. The next show we hit up was indoors at the biggest venue onboard, the “Stardust Theater” which is obviously not used to dealing with metalheads, since the seats were fully covered in plastic for the occasion. This is also where Hatebreed and Slayer would play later that day. I was actually expecting an outdoor set for Slayer as the show had been advertised as being “Under The Blood Red Moon.” Honestly, once they started, I couldn’t care less about the moon. Impeccable “in your face” set led by Slayer veterans Kerry King and Tom Araya and supported by gutiarit Gary Holt, who was playing his second set that night, and drummer Paul Bostaph, hidden behind his impressive drum kit.

Exodus on the Pool Deck
Motorboat_2015_3

Slayer ripping it at the Stardust Theater
Motorboat_2015_4

Great Stirrup Cay

The next day we reached the Bahamas. In case some metalheads didn’t realize they were on vacation, the cruise organized a lot of activities, starting at 9AM (I missed the metal yoga session). Early afternoon, it was time to head to the beach with my friend Eric Moore, who you might know as the drummer for Suicidal Tendencies. The Dead Deads were raging by the time we reached the beach and we were just in time for beach wars.

Back on the boat, Corrosion of Conformity had started their second show, but by the pool this time, while Slayer‘s King and Bostaph followed with a 30 minute Q&A session. Then, it was time to get in line for a picture and meet-and-greet with Motörhead!

Soon after, Suicidal Tendencies hit the inside stage. Unfortunately, at that exact same time, Exodus were playing the outdoor pool stage (for the second time). It’s difficult for me to say anything unbiased regarding Suicidal‘s performance since they have been my favorite band for decades, but according to the number of ST OG Flip Up hats in attendance, I would say I wasn’t the only person who enjoyed the show.

Right after, Slayer took to the stage, and it was the second day that the indefatigable Holt played twice in a row. Our day ended by the pool with Motor Sister, Scott Ian‘s rock ‘n’ roll band.

ST indoors
Motoboat_2015_7

Motor Sister outdoors
Motoboat_2015_6

Nassau

On Wednesday morning we reached Nassau in The Bahamas. The weather was lovely and we chilled at a shaded booze joint by the beach (it was beginning to pour rain…and beer). The beach was charming though and there was enough time for us to check out the local market as well as your typical “Harley Davidson,” “Hard Rock Cafe,” “Starbucks,” “McDonald’s” and “Burger King” franchises. What did we end up buying? An “American Dad” T-Shirt. Makes sense.

Back on board, the schedule had changed a bit due to heavy rain. Hatebreed‘s set was pushed back until after Anthrax, which gave us more time to chill on board and check out glam rockers Santa Cruz.

There was no time to breath after that, since Anthrax, Hatebreed and the mighty Motörhead were playing one after the other. This was my first time seeing Lemmy on stage and it was great to see him in a rather good shape and mood after his recent medical issues. Their set was complimented by MH vet and lead guitarist Phil Cambell who played with his own band on the two previous days and who also took part in the live band karaoke.

Hatebreed
Motorboat_2015_8

MH
Motorboat_2015_9

Day At Sea

Thursday was the last day and also the only day that we spent entirely on board. Again, I missed metal yoga that morning but I made it to the Monster Energy Drink-sponsored meet-and-greet, where hordes of metalheads lined up to take photos with their favorite bands.

Anthrax played again that night and had an amazing set list, though unfortunately two songs were cut at the very last minute due to time constraints, but seeing them perform “I’m the Man” live was definitely my highlight of the day.

Bummer of the day; Motörhead was scheduled to go on while Suicidal Tendencies were in the middle of their set. I figured droves of people would leave the pool deck and head to the main stage were the captains of the ship were playing. But by the time Motörhead started, ST were in the middle of an incredible set, inviting skateboarders on stage for “Possessed to Skate.” Most people got caught and enthralled by their electrifying energy. I thought they delivered the best performance of the cruise (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a big fan, others onboard were saying the same, I swear!)

We still had time to catch the end of Motörhead before their 40th anniversary bash that featured a memorable roast and was followed by sets from The Shrine and Motor Sister.

The incredible out to sea festival ended with a live band karaoke jam with, among others, Phil Cambell on guitar and Joey Belladona covering AC/DC!

Fans meeting ST
Motorboat_2015_10

MH‘s 40th anniversary cake
Motorboat_2015_11

American Hero

Check out more Motörboat 2015 coverage on Metal Hammer, Rolling Stone and Loudwire and get ready for Motorboat 3! I was even featured on Noisey along with ST‘s Mike Muir and Lemmy in an article about style (those are my feet in the first picture). The description of my ‘old-school Vans’ made my day; “those ingenious, worrisome, and altogether enchanting deconstructed Converse sandals covering the brave feet of this American hero.”

Make sure to check out a ton of more photos from my trip below!

Motorboat_2015_37

Motorboat_2015_40

Motorboat_2015_38

Motorboat_2015_39

Motorboat_2015_41

Motorboat_2015_68

Motorboat_2015_69

Motorboat_2015_70

Motorboat_2015_71

Motorboat_2015_72

Exodus by the pool:

Motorboat_2015_14

Motorboat_2015_12

Motorboat_2015_13

Motorboat_2015_15

Motorboat_2015_16

Hatebreed at the Stardust Theater:

Motorboat_2015_17

Motorboat_2015_18

Motorboat_2015_19

Motorboat_2015_20

Motorboat_2015_21

Motorboat_2015_22

Slayer at the Stardust:

Motorboat_2015_23

Motorboat_2015_24

Motorboat_2015_62

Motorboat_2015_63

Motorboat_2015_25

Motorboat_2015_26

Motorboat_2015_36

Motorboat_2015_27

Motorboat_2015_28

Motorboat_2015_29

Motorboat_2015_30

Motorboat_2015_31

Motorboat_2015_32

Motorboat_2015_33

Motorboat_2015_34

Motorboat_2015_35

Suicidal Tendencies at Stardust:

Motorboat_2015_42

Motorboat_2015_43

Motorboat_2015_44

Motorboat_2015_45

Motorboat_2015_46

Motorboat_2015_47

Motorboat_2015_48

Motorboat_2015_49

Motorboat_2015_50

Motorboat_2015_51

Motorboat_2015_53

Motorboat_2015_52

Motorboat_2015_54

Motorboat_2015_55

Motorboat_2015_56

Motorboat_2015_57

Motorboat_2015_58

Motorboat_2015_59

Motorboat_2015_61

Motorboat_2015_60

Motor Sister outdoors w/ ST playing b-ball:

Motorboat_2015_64

Motorboat_2015_65

Motorboat_2015_66

Motorboat_2015_67

Anthrax @ Stardust:

Motorboat_2015_73

Motorboat_2015_74

Motorboat_2015_75

Motorboat_2015_76

Motorboat_2015_114

Motorboat_2015_115

Motorboat_2015_116

Motorboat_2015_117

Motorboat_2015_118

Motorboat_2015_119

Motorboat_2015_120

Motorboat_2015_121

Motorboat_2015_122

Motorboat_2015_123

Motorboat_2015_124

Motorboat_2015_125

Motorboat_2015_126

Hatebreed @ Pool Deck:

Motorboat_2015_77

Motorboat_2015_78

Motorboat_2015_79

Motorboat_2015_80

Meet-and-greet with fans:

Motorboat_2015_94

Motorboat_2015_92

Motorboat_2015_91

Motorboat_2015_93

Motorboat_2015_95

Motorboat_2015_96

Motorboat_2015_97

Motorboat_2015_98

Motorboat_2015_99

Motorboat_2015_100

Motorboat_2015_101

Motorboat_2015_102

Motorboat_2015_103

Motorboat_2015_104

Motorboat_2015_105

Motorboat_2015_106

Motorboat_2015_107

Motorboat_2015_108

Motorboat_2015_109

Motorboat_2015_110

Motorboat_2015_111

Motorboat_2015_112

Motorboat_2015_113

Suicidal Tendencies by the pool:

Motorboat_2015_127

Motorboat_2015_128

Motorboat_2015_129

Motorboat_2015_130

Motorboat_2015_131

Motorboat_2015_132

Motorboat_2015_133

Motorboat_2015_134

Motorboat_2015_135

Motörhead at Stardust:

Motorboat_2015_81

Motorboat_2015_82

Motorboat_2015_83

Motorboat_2015_84

Motorboat_2015_85

Motorboat_2015_86

Motorboat_2015_87

Motorboat_2015_88

Motorboat_2015_89

Motorboat_2015_90

Motorboat_2015_136

Motorboat_2015_137

Motorboat_2015_138

Motorboat_2015_139

Motorboat_2015_140

Motorboat_2015_141

DSC_0398_web_142

DSC_0398_web_143