The smell of illegal narcotics, beer, sweat and long, greasy hair reigned over Parc Jean-Drapeau while thousands of metal fans joined to see some of their favorite bands. From Billy Talent to KISS, from In Flames to Motorhead, there were enough bands for everyone to be happy.
Due to many complications, I was only lucky enough to see Sunday's headliners, KISS and Motorhead.
Forget everything you know about "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll". Motorhead are the kings of that shit. Having been in the game since 1975, it is safe to say that the band are precursors to everything heavy, on top of being the inventors of speed metal. Because speed is one of the most important parts of Motorhead. The name itself comes from Brittish slang for speed users.
Lead by the infamous Lemmy, perhaps one of the most iconic characters in music history, the band rolled on stage 10 minutes late, with an already intoxicated frontman. The crowed roared as Lemmy introduced the band: "We are Motorhead, and we play rock'n'fuckin'roll". The band opened with the infamous "Overkill", and enchained hit after hit, much to the spectators' pleasure. The band also gave an ovation to their late ex-guitarist, Michael Burston.
For more than an hour, people sang along, air guitared, and got severely drunk, like pilgrims praying to the Gods of rock'n'roll. Check out their live video for "Ace of Spades"
Moving on from the Gods, let's move to the demons.
Arguably the biggest band in hard rock, the KISS sensation hit Montreal once again, leaving many fans happy. As you walked through Parc Jean-Drapeau, everywhere you looked, the KISS Army was present. Make up, shirts, hats, shoes, beer bottles. Everything KISS. So, needless to say, the crowd held their breath in the minutes that preceded the legendary band's set. So much that the guy next to me was crying.
The band, loyal to their reputation, gave a solid rock'n'roll show, filled with special effects, pyrotechnics and whatnot.
Hit after hit, the fans cheered and chanted as Gene Simmons and his crew rocked the stage.Check out a live video of their infamous "Rock'n'Roll all night".
Big thanks to everyone at Evenko and the Leisa Lee group for giving us the opportunity to attend this year's edition of Heavy MTL.