MOTÖRHEAD Mainman Lemmy Kilmister – “I’m Famous, I’m Not Wealthy”

Motorhead - the world is yours
Motorhead - the world is yours

Legendary MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister spoke with recently about a number of topics including the band’s new album, The Wörld Is Yours and the highly-praised documentary, Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch. Here are a few excerpts from the chat: You’re known for your steady diet of Jack Daniel’s and Marlboro cigarettes. What kind of shape are you in?

Kilmister: “I know. It’s amazing really. I’ve never done a day’s exercise in my life. I get a good workout onstage, I suppose.” You worked as Jimi Hendrix’ roadie. Did you learn from watching him?

Kilmister: “I learned you can do anything onstage as long as you can carry it off, as long as you can back it up. You can do anything. You’ve never seen anything like it in your whole life. If you want to see a small taste of what he was like, Monterey Pop Music Festival is the one to watch.” Is it flattering to have such a big range of people, from Ozzy Osbourne to Jarvis Cocker, praising you?

Kilmister: “Of course it’s flattering. People keep saying they’re surprised by that. They say they’re surprised if we do a slow song. Everyone’s always surprised and analysing. Everybody’s always surprised by something. It kills me. We’ve done tracks with no drums or guitars on them. We’ve done tracks with cellos and violas on them. We’ve done all kinds of stuff.” You’re a famous, wealthy rock star – are you still bothered about that kind of stuff?

Kilmister: “I’m famous; I’m not wealthy. I really don’t care about politics. It takes up too much time. And there’s always misery. Every politician is an asshole. Sorry about that but they are. Everybody from Hitler to Stalin and back – all of them. To want to be a politician, you’ve got to be an asshole.”

Read the entire interview here.

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