The all-star cast of Metal Allegiance pay homage to Lemmy during a once in a lifetime show at the Whisky a Go-Go.

After a very emotional and rainy day on the Sunset strip, Metal Allegiance hit the stage at the infamous Whisky a Go-Go, and gave the packed house exactly what was needed; a two-hour set full of metal and a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister, whose memorial services were held earlier that day.

Opening with the Judas Priest classic “Electric Eye,” the band (who’s members include Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Alex Skolnick of Testament and David Ellefson of Megadeth, just to name a few,) absolutely ripped through their original material and covers by their (and our) heroes. Highlights included “Heaven and Hell,” “Fast as a Shark,” “Into the Void,” and the Sepultura’s “Territory,”  complete with special guest Andreas Kisser on guitar.

Although the band may have wrapped up their set with AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie,” there was no way they were going to end the evening without paying tribute to the man whose life fans had been celebrating all day. Metal Allegiance retuned to the stage for a healthy dose classic Motörhead, and were joined by Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo, and John and Mike Tempesta. The supergroup belted out “Killed By Death,” “We Are the Road Crew,” and “Overkill”, before Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee walked out on stage to address the room.

Saying he didn’t want to “Break Up the Party,” Dee asked the crowd for 15 seconds of silence for Lemmy. The room went completely silent as everyone bowed their heads. While it was without a doubt the highlight of the evening, there was still more Motörhead to be played.

Dee took his familiar spot behind the drum kit for “The Chase is Better Than The Catch,” before they wrapped up the tribute with the obligatory “Ace of Spades.” Not quite done yet, everyone who had played throughout the corse of the evening returned for a very fitting version of Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy.”  It was the perfect way to end a special night, and to pay tribute to a very special person.

National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was on hand to take it all in.

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About The Author

Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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