Lemmy on Beavis and Butthead: ‘For a While I Thought They Were Real’
Motörhead recently celebrated 35 years together with the release of a live DVD documenting their most recent world tour.
Titled ‘The World Is Ours Vol 1 — Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else,’ the three-DVD set includes an entire concert from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, as well as clips from additional shows on the tour and two audio CDs.
Now on the road as part of Gigantour, a traveling metal fest featuring Megadeth, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil, one-of-a-kind Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister took a few minutes recently to catch up with Noisecreep.
Lemmy, are you happy with the new live package?
I’m quite happy with it. It’s us. I mean, it’s something we hope the fans like a lot, but we do, too. It’s us.
What were the first records that caught your attention as a kid? What made you want to get into music?
So, classic rock ‘n’ roll?
Well it wasn’t classic back then — it was just rock ‘n’ roll [laughs].
Did you enjoy your time playing in the space-rock outfit Hawkwind?
It was a really good band for a awhile, but unfortunately, there was a lot of bulls— going on. But it all worked out, because without it, we wouldn’t have gotten to Motörhead.
‘Motörhead’ was a song you’d written Hawkwind, right?
Right, a B-side I’d written for them. The last song before I was fired.
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Lemmy, there are lots of petitions online to try and get Motörhead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do you care about all of that?
Not at all. Have you been there? What a monumental waste of space. The biggest room there is the freaking gift shop. Do you know what I mean? It’s all politics, that place. All a load of f—king politics.
You’re known for your interest in World War II and memorabilia collection, with an emphasis on Nazi artifacts. Is there anything out there you’d love to get your hands on?
There’s lot of good stuff. Lots of Hermann Goering stuff I’d really like. He had several knives and swords made that I’d like to get my hands on, some really rare and beautiful stuff.
What do you treasure most in your own collection?
I’ve got a nice set of swords with Damascus steel blades that’s pretty rare. There’s only about 10 of them made.
Watch Motörhead on ‘Beavis and Butthead’
Do you recall back in the 1990s when Beavis and Butthead would get all jacked up over the ‘Ace of Spades’ video?
People always used to say to me, “Beavis and Butthead really like you.” For a while I thought they were real. I didn’t know they were just drawings. But I saw the show a couple of times, and I liked it.
What can fans expect on the current tour from you guys?
It’s a pretty short set because we’re supporting, about 50 minutes. But within the 50 minutes, we manage to get a lot of stuff in — a few new ones and of course the old ones.
How does it make you feel to hear so many classic metal legends cite you as a source of inspiration?
Old. [Laughs.] It’s nice, but you have to keep yourself grounded and real and not let it change how you live or approach music.
What do you want to do in life that you have not done yet?
I want to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls. Really! I always wanted to be pope as well, but apparently, I’m the wrong religion.
Catch Motörhead on Gigantour along with Megadeth, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil:
Feb. 02 – Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
Feb. 03 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Feb. 05 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre
Feb. 07 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
Feb. 08 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
Feb. 09 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Feb. 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Feb. 14 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
Feb. 16 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland
Feb. 17 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
Feb. 18 – Calgary, AB – Big 4 Building
Feb. 20 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
Feb. 21 – Kent, WA – Showare Center
Feb. 23 – San Jose, CA – Events Center
Feb. 24 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Feb. 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
Feb. 28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium