“Another beer is what I need” screams Lemmy during Motörhead’s “We Are The Road Crew”.

Recently Cameron’s Brewery and the iconic heavy metal band Motörhead teamed up together to develop their aptly titled Röad Crew American Pale Ale. This rather tasty beer comes in many different shapes and forms including cask, keg and bottle variety.

Tonight Motörhead’s legendary axeman Phil Campbell returns to the North East of England for his first show in the region since Lemmy’s unfortunate passing at the start of 2015.

Campbell spent over thirty years in Motörhead, this time around he brings his new project Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons for the Röad Crew launch event at one of Newcastle’s favourite watering holes The Cluny.

To mark the occasion the venue is kitted out with a myriad of Motörhead related apparel including Röad Crew banners emblazoned with the slogan “Born To Lose, Live To Win” and computers previewing the band’s newest video game. As the night progresses the legion of dedicated Motörhead fans in attendance tonight all get their chance to enjoy a delicious cold pint of the new Röad Crew ale, which is included with their ticket this evening.

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons released their debut self-titled EP last year, and as the band takes to the stage it doesn’t take long for them to delve into their latest offering with the hard rocking “Big Mouth”. Throughout the band’s set, they deliver the lion’s share of their five track release with only “Life In Space” not included in the show tonight.

As the fans would want and expect the band includes many of Motörhead’s big hitters in their set including a fist-pumping rendition of “Deaf Forever”, the frantic “Rock ‘n’ Roll” which is executed a breakneck speed, and the anthemic “Ace of Spades”, to name but a few.

Motörhead is widely regarded as one of the loudest bands on the planet, and with numerous Marshall amps dotted around the stage, members of the audience encourage the band to turn it up.

There is also room for a few covers from artists who have influenced the band including the southern fried ZZ Top number “Sharp Dressed Man” and Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave”, who we are told are one of Campbell’s favourite groups.

As the band hurtle towards the end of their set, they break into the classic “Eat The Rich” and “Going To Brazil”, which leaves the audience wanting more. The band returns to the stage for a duly deserved four song strong encore which includes a cover of the Rolling Stones “Jumping Jack Flash” before the show culminates in fitting fashion with “We Are The Road Crew”.

Röad Crew has of course been given the band’s seal of approval, front man Neil Starr asks Phil ‘How’s the ale?’ to which he replies with a very sincere ‘awesome’. Campbell along with Motörhead bandmate Mickey Dee was involved in the development of the beer from the beginning of the project.

It’s fair to say that the legacy and legend of Motörhead is in safe hands and their music will live on thanks to remaining members of the group and their army of loyal fans. Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons will be taking to the road later this summer as special guests as Guns ‘N’ Roses on select dates of the band’s European summer run.

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Event Date: 07-APR-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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