Last week, the first annual Motörhead Motörboat cruise set sail with an all-star lineup. Motörhead, of course, headlined the event, but there were tons of of other bands, including Anthrax, Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde, High on Fire, and the much-talked-about Metal Allegiance, featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth and Mike Portnoy, among many others. Ralph Sutton and Jay Oakerson of the Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll podcast were there, recording their podcast nightly, and we got Sutton to recap the inaugural cruise. Also on board was Wes Orshoski, co-director of Lemmy, the highly entertaining documentary about the Motörhead frontman, who hosted a screening of the film. He also documented the cruise with the photo gallery you’ll see below. Take it away, guys!
The first annual Motörboat presented by legendary rock band Motörhead: Hard rock and heavy metal at its finest on the open sea! Big Jay Oakerson and I got ready to host this beast of a cruise as well as do a live podcast of Sex Drugs & Rock and Roll every night at 12:30. Being that the headliners were Motorhead, Anthrax, Testament, Down and Zakk Wylde (along with a bevy of other kick-ass bands) we knew we were in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Although since the bands were so dude-centric and the cruise security was somewhat tight, this cruise may have lacked in sex and drugs, but it more then made up for in rock n roll.
While we were blown away by some of the ‘newer’ bands like Kill Devil Hill, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry and Wilson – as well as getting true heavy metal at its finest from the veteran bands aboard – it was the last minute addition of the Metal Allegiance comprised of two members of Megadeth, two members of Anthrax, Mike Portnoy and featuring the rotating vocal talents of Testament’s Chuck Billy & Anthrax crooner Joey Belladonna as they tore through a set list of heavy metal standards. (Favorite moment: Joey Belladonna invoking Geddy Lee for a downright amazing cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”). Rumors were afoot that there would be somewhat of a Pantera reunion – and sure enough, it happened – twice! Phil, and Rex joined Charlie of Anthrax and Chris of Megadeth as they barreled into a mini Pantera concert featuring songs like “Mouth For War,” “5 Minutes Alone,” “A New Level” and more. Jay giggled like a school girl saying ‘I gotta tape this for Luis!’ (his co-host of his other podcast Legion of Skanks). It was one of those rock moments you always want to happen – but seldom does. For that moment, time stood still, and rock was alive again, regardless of what Gene Simmons will tell you!
Over the course of the cruise – we had several of those ‘oh-wow’ moments. From Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick hosting a bellyflop contest, Me singing Christopher Cross’ ‘Ride Like The Wind’ with Down right before an interview (Phil took lead as Bobby and I did the Michael McDonald parts), Jay doing his mandatory karaoke of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” or that first moment Lemmy walked out on stage and said “We are Motorhead and we play rock n roll.” The rock n roll moments were happening over and over again. By day two – Alan, the organizer of the event, said this will 100% be an annual event.
By the end of the cruise – we had our rock n roll and pina colada fix and now we are ready to do it all again for Shiprocked 2015 kicking off Superbowl Sunday. Big Jay and I will be there, The SDR Show will be on board, and we’d love ya to join us!