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Motörhead’s Motörboat 2015 - My Cruise to The Bahamas with God

11. Oct 15

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WTF? FTW!

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


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 and my personal favorites, Suicidal Tendencies. I bet it's not simply sounding interesting, but a must attend.

 

Get ready, we’re sailing soon!

 

Our pirate boat for the week

Our pirate boat for the week

 


Miami – Under The Blood Red Moon

At the port of Miami, there is no pirate boat, which was a relief, to be honest. Instead, a massive ship that I was hoping would be big enough that it would not sway too much.

 

After a quick boarding process, it is 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 are taking their marks, ready to get their tattoos burned by the sun.

 

And it was time to unleash the noise. Exodus took the pool deck stage during this beautiful afternoon in Miami. Corrosion Of Conformity the followed. The show was indoor this time. The biggest venue onboard is obviously not used to deal with metalheads. The seats wre fully covered in plastic for the occasion. Needless to say that this thin protection will not resist the moshpits very long.

 

Hatebreed and Slayer played this same stage later this day. I was actually expecting an outdoor set for Slayer as the show has been advertised as being “Under The Blood Red Moon”. Honestly, once they started I could not care less about the moon. Impeccable “in your face” set led by the veterans King and Araya and supported by Holt, who was playing his second set that night and Bostaph, hidden behind his impressive drum kit.

 

Get some beer - Show some tattoo - Check some ass

Get some beer - Show some tattoo - Check some ass

 

Exocdus

Exodus at the pool deck

 

Hatebreed

Hatebreed on main stage

 

Slayer

Slayer on main stage

 

Great Stirrup Cay

 

The next day we reached the Bahamas. For those for whom getting some rest is not a priority, the cruise organized a lot of activities, starting at 9AM. I missed the yoga session, obviously. Early afternoon, it is time to head to the beach with Eric Moore, drummer for Suicidal Tendencies. The Dead Deads are raging by the time we reached the beach and we were just in time for beach wars.

 

We spent hours chilling on this wonderful beach, before going back to the boat. Corrosion Of Conformity had started their second show, by the pool this time. King and Bostaph followed with a 30 minutes Slayer Q&A session. Then, it is time to get in line for a picture during a brief meet and greet with Motörhead.

 

Soon after, Suicidal Tendencies hit the main stage. Unfortunately, at the exact same time Exodus were playing the outdoor pool stage for the second time. It is 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, I would say I was not the only person who enjoyed the show.

 

Right after, Slayer took to the stage and it was the second day that the infatigable Holt plays twice in a row. The day ended by the pool with Motor Sister, Scott Ian's Rock N Roll band.

 

Chillin with Eric

Chillin' with Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) on the beach

 

Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies on main stage

 

Slayer

Slayer on main stage

 

Motor Sister

Motor Sister at the pool deck

 

Nassau

 

On Wednesday morning we have reached Nassau in The Bahamas. Lovely weather to chill in a covered booze joint by the beach. It is pouring rain and beer. The beach is charming though and there is enough time to check the local market out as well as typical Harley Davidson, Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks, McDonalds and Burger King. What did I get from Nassau? 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 time to get a bite and check out 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 for me and good to see him in a rather good shape after his recent medical issues. However, the show is definitely led by Phil Campbell who played with his own band the two previous days and who will also show up and play during the live band karaoke.

 

Tiki

Tiki bar by the beach

 

Anthrax

Anthrax on main stage

 

Hatebreed

Hatebreed by the pool

 

Motorhead

Motörhead on main stage

 

Day At Sea

 

Thursday was the last day and also only day that we spent entirely at sea. Again, I missed metal yoga that morning again but made it to the meet and greet where hordes of metalheads lined up to have their photos taken with their favorite bands.

 

Second show for Anthrax who had an amazing set list that night. Unfortunately two songs had to be removed at the very last minute due to time constraints, butseeing them perform “I am the Man” was definitely a high light of the day.

 

Bummer of the week, Motörhead was scheduled to go on while ST were in the middle of their set. I figured some people would leave the pool deck and head to the main stage were the captains on board 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” and most people got caught and enthralled by their incredible energy. The Cycos have delivered the best show of the cruise that day. And I am not the only one to say so, I swear.

 

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

 

This incredible on sea festival ended with a live band Karaoke with, among others, Phil Campbell on guitar and Joey Belladonna covering classics of AC/DC for instance.

 

Meet and Greet

Meet and greet with Suicidal Tendencies and The Dead Deads

 

Why waiting in line to get a pro photo when you can take a selfie?

Why wait on line for a pro picture when you can take a selfie?

 

Anthrax

Anthrax on main stage

 

Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies destroying the pool stage (best show of the cruise)

 

Motorhead

Motörhead on main stage

 

Motorhead

Motörhead's 40th anniversary bash

 

American Hero

 

Check out articles by Metal Hammer, Rolling Stone and Loudwire and get ready for Motorboat 3! I was even featured in Noisey along with Mike Muir and Lemmy in an article about style. Okay, it was not for the same reasons but still, the description of my oldschool Vans (not Converse) made my day: “those ingenious, worrisome, and altogether enchanting deconstructed Converse sandals covering the brave feet of this American hero.”

 

American Hero

Eric Moore making fun of my shoes (also on video) - picture by Renata De Los Rios