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By James Villa
Motörhead’s Motörboat returned for its second voyage – and first on board Norwegian Sky – September 28-October 2, 2015 departing from Port Miami and making stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
An international community of Motörheadbangers reunited for five days of blistering sun and blistering performances, as Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, and Exodus led a killer lineup rounded out by Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell’s All-Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and over a dozen more music artists and comedians.
Intrepid metalheads started the party a day early with the Official Motörhead’s Motörboat Pre-Party presented by TROOPER Beer at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach on September 27. Motörhead’s Motörboat–fueled by Monster Energy and sponsored by Budweiser–officially got underway September 28 with a sail-away performance by thrash legends Exodus on Norwegian Sky’s deck stage – the first of more than 50 performances by Motörhead’s Motörboat’s two-dozen-plus artists.
True to their #letsdothisship mantra, Motörboaters packed their week with band meet and greets, a poolside Q&A with Slayer’s Kerry King and Paul Bostaph hosted bySiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, and hijinks on land and sea including the hotly contested Beach Wars captained by Crobot (with members of KYNG and Santa Cruz among those joining the chaos), a pool-draining belly flop competition judged by Charlie Benante of Anthrax and Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, beer pong, drunk spelling bee, Motörbingo, a Motörboating contest hosted by Jill Janus of Huntress, and more. Early risers staved off hangovers with Heavy Metal Yoga and Java Monster Mornings with Tim “Ripper” Owens, while the all-night crowd rocked out at theme night parties with DJ Lippy Rage and took in The S.D.R. Show with Ralph Sutton, Big Jay Oakerson and a slew of band guests.
The icing on the cake for what RollingStone.com called “a metalhead’s dream cruise” came on the cruise’s final night, when fans and bands alike joined Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee on the ship’s deck for Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary Bash. The band was presented with a giant cake adorned with the Motörhead logo, and took a few moments to express their appreciation for their diehard fans.
The complete lineup for Motörhead’s Motörboat 2015 was: Slayer, Motörhead,Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell’s All-Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Big Jay Oakerson, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Budderside, Sonia Harley, The Dead Deads, The S.D.R. Show with Ralph Sutton and Big Jay Oakerson, Mad Old Lady, Martyrd, Death Dealer, Dark Before Dawn, Santa Cruz, and Gabbie Rae, with host Jose Mangin.
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