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David Draiman Clears Up False Rumor Concerning Beef With Lemmy Kilmister

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

When it comes to speaking his mind, Disturbed and Device frontman David Draiman is one of the most open musicians in rock. But with that openness comes some baggage, as words can get twisted by haters along the way. Draiman has posted a new missive clearing up at least one false rumor, that he has a beef with Motorhead and Lemmy Kilmister in particular, and also addressing some of the “hater sites” that help stir things up.

Draiman reveals that he felt the need to speak up after a recent incident in which he was approached at a signing by someone yelling, “Lemmy Is God,” then running off — the latest incident that arose from something false that’s been floating around.

The frontman’s post reads as follows:

I’VE GOT TO GET SOMETHING OFF MY CHEST;

LAST NIGHT AT THE GIGANTOUR DATE IN EVERETT WA., WE (DEVICE) WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR SIGNING AT THE MERCH BOOTH IN BETWEEN BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND MEGADETH’S SETS, MEETING AND GREETING THE FANS, WHEN SOME GUY (BIG DUDE IN A BLS VEST/GEAR) RAN BY THE SIGNING TABLE, LOOKED ME IN THE FACE, AND BLURTED OUT “LEMMY IS GOD!”, AND THEN RAN OFF LIKE SOME LITTLE KID IN HIGH SCHOOL GETTING OFF ON TAUNTING SOMEONE, AND THEN RUNNING OFF LIKE A LITTLE P—Y (I MEAN SERIOUSLY THE GUY WAS LIKE 6’5″ AND HAD TO WEIGH ABOUT 300 LBS!).

I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THIS IS A RESULT OF THE FALSE, AND I REPEAT, FLASE STORY THAT LEMMY AND I HAVE SOME SORT OF BEEF. LET ME MAKE MYSELF COMPLETELY CRYSTAL CLEAR. WE DONT.

I HAVE NOTHING BUT TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR LEMMY AND ALL OF MOTORHEAD. THEY ARE PIONEERS IN THE GENRE AND ARE LIVING LEGENDS WALKING THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. THEIR FUSION OF PUNK AND METAL HAS INFLUENCED AND INSPIRED, JUST ABOUT ANYONE WHO IS A PART OF THE WORLD OF HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL.

THIS NONSENSE THAT CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF THE PRESS LIKE TO PERPETUATE IN ORDER TO CREATE DRAMA WHERE THERE IS NONE, IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND SHODDY REPORTING. THIS ALL STEMS FROM AN INTERVIEW WHERE I WAS ASKED WHAT I THOUGHT OF LEMMY WEARING NAZI PARAPHERNALIA, OR BRANDISHING NAZI SYMBOLISM. JEFF HANNEMAN (RIP) WAS BROUGHT UP AS WELL I BELIEVE.

COMING FROM A FAMILY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT FOR ME AND I SAID. “I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE, IF YOURE GOING TO WEAR NAZI PARAPHERNALIA I’M GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT”, AND I STILL DO. ALWAYS WILL. HOW COULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND EXPECT ME TO BE OK WITH SOMEONE WEARING NAZI GEAR?

I HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE AND RESPECT FOR BOTH ARTISTS, BUT I WILL NEVER BE OK WITH NAZI SYMBOLISM/PARAPHERNALIA BEING BRANDISHED BY ANYONE. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I HAD A PERSONAL “BEEF” WITH EITHER ONE OF THEM. I MOURNED JEFF HANNEMAN’S DEATH AS MUCH AS ANYONE, HE WAS AN INSPIRING AND BRILLIANT MUSICIAN, AND I STILL HAIL LEMMY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. THAT DOESNT MEAN I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THAT PARTICULAR CHOICE OF SYMBOLISM OR FASHION, BECAUSE I DONT AND NEVER WILL.

THE DRAMA WHICH CAN BE PERPETUATED BY CERTAIN PRESS ELEMENTS, LIKE SO MANY CHILDREN GOSSIPING IN SOME CORNER (YES BLABBERMOUTH, PRP, AND ALL YOU OTHER HATER SITES, I’M TALKING TO YOU, DOES NOT HELP THE GENRE, IT ONLY HURTS IT.) I HAVE HAD A BEER AT THE RAINBOW BAR AND GRILL IN L.A. (WHERE YOU CAN FIND LEMMY PLAYING VIDEO POKER MANY NIGHTS AT THE OUTDOOR BAR) WITH LEMMY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE HONORED TO DO SO AGAIN.

WHEN THE PRESS BAITS YOU, IN ORDER TO GET A RESPONSE THEY KNOW WILL CAUSE CONTROVERSY, KNOWING THEY CAN EXPECT AN HONEST ANSWER OUT OF YOU, AND THEN USES IT TO START SOME KIND OF BULLS–T RUMOR, THATS NOT REPORTING, THATS MANIPULATION. IT’S IMMATURE, AND IRRESPONSIBLE. INSTEAD OF STRENGTHENING BROTHERHOOD WITHIN THE GENRE, THEY CONSCIOUSLY CREATE RIFTS AND SEPARATIONS FOR THE SAKE OF FUNNELING TRAFFIC TO THEIR PAGES. IT’S QUITE PATHETIC ACTUALLY.

SO TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT,

I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR THE TALENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MR. LEMMY KILMISTER, EVEN THOUGH I MAY VEHEMENTLY DISAGREE WITH HIS CHOICE OF APPAREL FROM TIME TO TIME.

NOW LETS PUT THIS PIECE OF S–T RUMOR TO REST, SHALL WE?

-DAVID DRAIMAN

Next: David Draiman Discusses Mixing Music + Personal Convictions

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