Interview Outtakes: Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

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Motörhead Slideshow from last year's show, by Sarah Paradoski

In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris interviewed Lemmy Kilmister. (Like we really need to put the last name of a metal god, but journalistic rules say we do.) Motörhead is going to set fire perform at the Pageant tonight with the Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy. Review and photos tomorrow. (Last year's review here.) In the meantime, please enjoy some interview outtakes, wherein Lemmy gives advice to young rockers and talks about his solo album.

D.X. Ferris: Do you write music besides Motörhead material? Lemmy: I wrote stuff for [German metal goddess] Doro. I've written stuff for Girlschool, I've written stuff for Ozzy Osbourne.

But are you working on a solo project? You've played acoustic guitar on some tracks. Do you have something like Lemmy unplugged? I'm doing the Lemmy solo album. It's not unplugged. It's definitely plugged. There's two tracks from the Damned. There's two tracks from Reverend Horton Heat. Two tracks from a German band called Skew Siskin. One track with Dave Grohl and a track with Joan Jett, so far. It's not like Motörhead, cause [if it were] I might as well stay in Motörhead.

You reputation says you read a lot. What have you read recently? The last thing I read was a novel about Henry the VIII, Sovereign. And before that I read a book called American Gods by [fantasy author] Neil Gaiman. That's very good, very good indeed. [I read] mostly documentary books. I think I've read 'em all.

You're known as a partier. How do you do it? Do you live healthy between binges? No. I don't. Nobody in this band is really a 'ealth nut, except maybe Mickey [Dee, drummer]. He does a few kneebends now and again, a few crunches.

You just have a good constitution? So far, so good, yeah.

What young rockers go wrong? The usually put themselves on the heroin, which is always a terrible mistake. That's the only thing I didn't do, and I'm still around.

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