lemmy-kilmister640 [Note: This interview was conducted prior to Motorhead’s August 27th concert in in Salt Lake City, Utah. That show ended after only four songs because frontman Lemmy Kilmister told the crowd he was finding it difficult to breathe. This follows reports from Los Angeles on August 22nd, where some fans said the 69-year-old appeared unsteady on his feet.]

Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Highlights from the interview appear below.

BraveWords: First off, how are you doing health-wise?

Lemmy Kilmister: I’m alright. I’m not as strong as I used to be, but I’m alright.

BraveWords: Have you had to alter your lifestyle over the past few years?

Lemmy Kilmister: Yes, I’ve stopped eating children. [Laughs]

BraveWords: What about as far as smoking and drinking?

Lemmy Kilmister: I don’t think that’s any of your business. I don’t think that’s really relevant.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss the new album, Bad Magic.

Lemmy Kilmister: A lot of it came really easy. I was lucky. [Laughs]

BraveWords: Would you say some of your favorite Motorhead albums have come the easiest, or were they difficult to get just right?

Lemmy Kilmister: Both ways. We record all different ways, too. Sometimes, we get the drums first, but apart from that, anything goes.

BraveWords: Could you give an example of a Motorhead album that was hard to get right?

Lemmy Kilmister: Another Perfect Day took the longest. But that was Brian Robertson.

BraveWords: I am happy to see Motörhead is headlining some of the biggest venues ever in the US on the upcoming tour. How does it feel that the band is probably bigger than ever here in the US?

Lemmy Kilmister: “Oh, we’ve been trying long enough. I’ve been here for 21 years. God almighty, we should have been playing [large venues] ages ago.” [Laughs]

BraveWords: What do you feel is the most underrated Motorhead album?

Lemmy Kilmister: Oh, all of them, really. After Another Perfect Day, we didn’t have a hit for about ten years. There was a lot of good stuff that went under the bridge, and everybody missed it.

BraveWords: Do you prefer the state of the music industry now, or when you were first coming up in the ’70s?

Lemmy Kilmister: Somewhere in the middle, actually. Because I came up in the ’60s first – I was in a couple of bands in the ’60s. That was miserable, because if you were into recording you had to carry this huge suitcase with a tape recorder around with you. It was just hopeless. Then the ’60s got slightly better, but the ’70s was the best. Because we discovered cassette players and all that stuff. It became a lot more quick and a lot more efficient.

BraveWords: What is the biggest misconception about Lemmy Kilmister?

Lemmy Kilmister: I don’t know. You’d have to ask them.

Read Lemmy’s entire interview with Bravewords here.

Listen to Electricity from Bad Magic below.



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  • Medved on

    It’s not worth shelling out money to see Motorhead perform anymore. Ticket, parking, gas, concessions, t-shirt, hotel (if traveling). Lemmy’s health problems is forcing Motorhead to cut short gigs or cancel them altogether. I’ve seen Motorhead plenty of times in the past. I’ll have those memories forever.

    • Harry Taint on

      Wrong.. It is always worth it.

    • Medved on

      Lemmy had to walk off stage in Austin last night, and did the same in Salt Lake City a few days earlier. He also had to cancel the Denver gig the day of the show. When Axl Rose is more reliable than Motorhead, it’s time for Lemmy to hang it up.

      Lemmy is not God folks. He’s mortal, flesh and blood, nothing more.

  • MikeyMan on

    Lemmy, get well soon!

    Motorhead CD came out today, Friday. It’s priced at $9.99 at Best Buy. There is a coupon/code from the single that will save you $2 on Bad Magic. You enter MOTORHEADSAVE2 in the promotional code section of the online checkout.

  • T on

    Despite the facade, Lemmy eats kale and does pilates while writing Haiku. All kidding aside, he has integrity, and that’s scarce in this industry.

  • Coredrum on

    Motörhead are coming in 2 weeks and I won’t buy an advance ticket because Lemmy may not make it till then…he needs to take some type of care of himself or he will have to stop performing. Just like this interview, he dodges the question of smoking and drinking, and usually it wouldn’t be anyone’s business, but if people are paying to see you perform, and you’re not up to par then you’re stealing our money Lemmy…get well and stop the shenanigans already…

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