Dave Pehling of SF Weekly recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD founder, bassist and principle songwriter Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SF Weekly: Your taste for Jack and Coke is pretty well known, and it’s pretty clear from some of your song lyrics you don’t have time for organized religion. You’re currently touring with MEGADETH, a headliner that has a couple of members who are sober born-again Christians.
Lemmy: Well, the great thing about my philosophy is live and let live, you know? I don’t mind if you want to worship the Great Poobah in the sky, as long as you don’t expect me to do it, too. And nobody has so far preached to me on this tour, so it’s alright.
SF Weekly: So you don’t try to steer clear of certain subjects? You just go about your business?
Lemmy: No, no. We hardly ever see MEGADETH anyway. They come late and we leave early after we finish to beat the traffic out of there. So we don’t see much of them. I’ve stayed a couple of times to watch their show, but that’s about all.
SF Weekly: You’ve been open to working with a lot of people, both contemporaries and younger musicians you’ve influenced, like Dave Grohl. Is there anyone you’d like to work with in particular?
Lemmy: Janet Jackson [laughs]. I don’t know. There are a lot of people out there who are great players. It’s just whether the spark arrives. Whether somebody wants to do it and I’ve got some free time. I’m three quarters of the way though a solo album right now. I’ve got two tracks with THE DAMNED, two tracks with [German hard-rock band] SKEW SISKIN, one with Joan Jett, one with Grohl and two with the REVEREND HORTON HEAT. So I’ve got quite a mixed bag on there. I’m trying to get one with Skin from SKUNK ANANSIE.
SF Weekly: That’s funny, because I thought about asking the solo album question, but figured as the principle songwriter with MOTÖRHEAD you might find that enough of an outlet. If you’re that far along on the solo album, do you see that coming out this year or next year?
Lemmy: It’ll probably be next year, ’cause we’re working a lot this year. But maybe it’ll be this year. I don’t know. It depends on how fast I can get the last few tracks done after we finish this tour.
Read the entire interview from SF Weekly.