Michael Christopher of The Boston Phoenix recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his “legend” status:
Lemmy: “I’m pretty grounded — I don’t believe any of that crap. You have to remember where you come from, which is exactly where they [the audience] come from; it’s just the same, and I got lucky. I’m the one they’re pointing at, at the moment; later on, one of them will be the one we’re pointing at. It comes around.”
On the recent passing of former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord at the age of 71:
Lemmy: “It’s just a shame, because Jon Lord was, to a large extent, responsible for me being in rock and roll. He was in a band called the ARTWOODS years ago, with Ronnie Wood‘s brother Arthur. They were sort of a jazz-blues band, I guess. They played at the place in Wales where I was living, this dingy little boozer, and I was talking to Jon and, like an idiot, he gave me his address in London. So, of course, I went down there and he wasn’t there, but he was living at Art‘s mother’s house where Ronnie Wood, who was in a band called THE BIRDS, was living and they let me crash on the couch. I woke up and I’ve got all THE BIRDS standing around me going, ‘What are you doing on Mom-mom’s couch?,’ all poking me with this terrible cockney rabble. I never forgot that Jon — a complete stranger, and I’m some kid — gave me his address to come down to London and see him. I often told him thanks for that. I saw him late last year in a hotel in Germany in Cologne. He was over there doing some orchestral stuff, and we talked in the bar for awhile. . . . I’m glad I saw him, since he’s since departed.”
On the Internet being used to promote new bands:
Lemmy: “The unfortunate thing about it is you give them the Internet, which is the greatest communication system known to mankind, and we use it for fucking child pornography, which is really encouraging, isn’t it? You can rely on mankind; they always take it to the lowest common denominator and crap all over it.”
On social media like Facebook and Twitter:
Lemmy: “I don’t do those things, because I have enough hassle keeping up with what we’ve got without it, sitting on my ass doing 10 to 20 hours of that every day, twitting all my friends. Twitter? Not in my lexicon, sorry. I don’t Twitter, man.”
Read the entire interview from The Boston Phoenix.