ATN spoke to Lemmy Kilmister this week to get his version
of his 50th birthday, which didn't occur until Dec. 24, but which he celebrated
in Los Angeles on December 14 at the Whiskey. This is what he had to say about
the festivities, proving that Lemmy's not only getting better but he's getting
crankier: "There were far too many people there. Metallica did a very good
turn. They all dressed up as me, and I thought that was great. It was a lovely
bit of respect, that was. I knew they were coming to the party, but I didn't
know they were going to come dressed up like that. And they played all very old
Motörhead songs, that they obviously used to do when they just started.
Addicted To Noise: What did Metallica do to look like
Lemmy: They all had long black wigs on and penciled-in
mustaches, and a tattoo drawn on one arm, with a black marker. Besides, they
got their tattoos on the wrong arm, too, every one of them.
Did they do that on purpose?
Lemmy: No, I don't think so. It nearly
killed Jason [Newsted] singing "We Are The Road Crew." They don't do anything
that close together, like.
ATN: How long did they
Lemmy: They played for about forty-five minutes, and then I
went on-stage for "We Are The Road Crew," I sang backing with
ATN: Was that the highlight of the night for
Lemmy: No. Our gig was the highlight of the night. It was very
nice of them. I've known them since they started, I've known Lars [Ulrich]
since before they started.
ATN: What's Motörhead up to these day? I
understand you're signed to a European label.
Lemmy: And an American
ATN: Are you working on a new album?
Not yet we're doing a short U.S. tour first, starting in January. I'm coming to
New York to do the USA Network's "Up All Night" show with Gilbert Godfrey on
ATN: We heard that Motörhead is closing New York's
Lemmy: Yeah, well we closed the Ritz already.
ATN: Do you know the date of the Limelight show.
Probably not. My enemy is paper, see. My filing system is my house. I have
towering stacks of paper, and they slide. I hate them when they slide. I don't
have the dates.
ATN: Are you doing any new songs in your
Lemmy: Are we doing any songs in our set? Yeah we try to put a
ATN: New songs, new songs. (Ed: you know they say the
hearing is the first to go.)
Lemmy: No, but we're doing a different
old one. We put "Legionnaire" back in. We're doing "Sacrifice" as well, and
"Sex And Death" and "Over Your