Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee and of course the legend
himself Lemmy Kilminster, from MOTÖRHEAD were interviewed separately
on the same "Monsters Of The Millenium" tour as DIO and
MANOWAR and here is the result what we chatted with MOTÖRHEAD...
it been so far?<
Mickey: "We've done only two shows so far but it's
been good. There could have been a little more people in Turku, I think.
Oulu was good and Turku was good, but maybe a lot of people decided drive
over here to Helsinki to see the show."
like this tour better than the one from last summer, when you were
playing in the afternoon in a Festival?<
Mickey: "It was weird to go on at 3 o'clock."
Lemmy: "Yeah, it was too fucking early! That's what
Mickey: "But we realized after a while why we were
playing at 3 o'clock. When we left the place at seven, there was barely
anyone standing up anymore, you know what I mean... But it was a good festival."
drink a lot on tour?<
Lemmy: "All the time!"
Mickey: "We can barely sit straight today..."
doesn't affect you that much?<
Lemmy: "Yeah! I guess it makes you drunk!" -
had any problems with that ever?<
Lemmy: "No. I always manage to get a hold of the
you think MOTÖRHEAD is still here while all those other bands seem
Lemmy: "Because we didn't give up!"
mind if this crowd is here more for MANOWAR than for you?<
Lemmy: "These people like Rock'n'Roll, you know, and
Mickey: "Most of 'em might be here to see us!"
that you have already fired your road crew!<
Mickey: "The three guitar roadies... Terrible!"
also fired your soundman...<
Mickey: "The monitor guy."
Lemmy: "We went through five of them last year, in
Phil: "Seven I believe!"
Mickey: "Seven in nine days!" - Laughters
Lemmy: "They were no good. One guy said the worst
experience he ever had on stage was BOY GEORGE."
Phil: "Two days later, he was gone. He left a note
on the monitor desk saying 'I quit!'..." - laughters!
it's back on the road after Helsinki...<
Lemmy: "Yeah, we've got one more show in Holland."
Mickey: "Then we do two shows in London, then Sofia,
Bulgaria and that's it, we're done."
long have you been on the road?<
Lemmy: "Two months..."
Mickey: "Longer... Almost ten weeks now. Six weeks in the US
then we've been in Europe for five weeks so far."
you say that the 90's have been a bit pale after the 70's and their
bands with character?<
Lemmy: "Well, the good old days are always the good
old days, you know. I remember how much we would be bitching in the 80's
about the 80's. Everybody bitches about the right now... But I don't see
any problems with Rock'n'Roll. Everybody said it's dead..."
Mickey: "The only problem with the 90's I think is that
the business got involved a bit more than it's ever been in the 80's or
70's. All these bands are being created by the companies, that's the problem."
Lemmy: "They're like a bunch of little monkeys!"
companies are dealing with a lot more money though...<
Mickey: "Yes, but you know, it's being very controlled
during the 90's... More controled than any other decade, I'd say. Even if
they haven't created the band, record companies, MTV, all the fucking medias...
You guys... Have more power... Or you think you have power on a lot of bands. I'm not
kidding, we meet journalists who are worst than the worst Rock star you ever
met in your life. They can fuck off! And then, there's MTV! Look how fucking
shitty they are! Now suddenly because VH1 is playing heavy again, or for
the first time ever, they're going back and started this Monsters Of Rock
Week-end and started kiss ass again because everybody is moving from
MTV to VH1, you know! So they can FUCK RIGHT OFF!!!"
Lemmy: "But MTV owns VH1 anyway..."
sum it up, in the 90's, we have worst journalists and worst bands...<
Lemmy: "No, I think the bands are a bit better than
consider that there is too much nostalgia in the business nowadays?<
Lemmy: "Yeah, maybe... The retro movement... There's
a good deal too much of neuralgia. Well actually, I just did a nostalgia
album myself. Me and Slim Jim from the STRAY CATS just did some old
what you said many years ago, that if you maintained this life-style, you
wouldn't reach 30 years old... But you still seem to be in pretty good
shape. What's the secret behind your good health?<
Lemmy: "Excess! Don't stop doing anything 'cause
that's when it kills you!" - Laughters!
you take care of your singing voice? Do you ever have problems with your
voice? Do you loose your voice?<
Lemmy: "No. I loosed my marbles." - laughters
Phil: "He can't loose what he never had!"
Lemmy: "Oh that's good coming from you!"
- More laughters
Mickey: "Just like Ronnie Dio! He doesn't do shit
to his voice either... He doesn't warm up, he doesn't do anything. He just
goes out and sing. With the power he's got, that's very unusual too!"
true you never do any rehearsing before the tour?<
Lemmy: "As little as possible. We don't like rehearsing!"
Mickey: "Now we just came straight from US into this,
so we didn't really need any rehearsal. But sure, if we have a break, we
play a little together."
Phil: "We'll try to do about twenty minutes once
we're in London."
Lemmy: "We did a twenty minutes rehearsal before we
played in Australia."
Phil: "No, the British tour..."
Lemmy: "No, it was Australia..."
Mickey: "Twenty minutes... Three songs... It sounded
have any special songs that you do during the soundcheck?<
Lemmy: "We didn't do a soundcheck."
Mickey: "We do some covers sometimes... THIN
LAZY or ROLLING STONES, whatever... We get fed up to play the
same songs, so..."
that MANOWAR told you to put down your volume because they wanted
to be the loudest band...<
Lemmy: "No, that's not true."
Phil: "We have the same P.A. here. We really don't
give a shit how loud we are."
Mickey: "We don't try to be the loudest band in the
world. We just like to play really loud!"
Lemmy: "I mean, we can't compete really because we
don't have any samples."
the new MOTÖRHEAD album?<
Mickey: "What about it?" - Laughters
"It's almost finished. We still have some bass and vocals to put on... Some
more guitars but that's it."
Phil: "I'd say it's about 70% done."
Mickey: "We might decide to tear it all apart again...
Hopefully, it will be out at the latest by May, maybe...?"
Lemmy: "It might be August..."
Mickey: "It may not come out at all!" - laughters
Lemmy: "It could be a bunch of covers!"
Phil: "We could do an old album as a new album..."
Lemmy: "Yeah, we could re-record..."
Lemmy: "Yeah, it might make more money!" - laughters
Mickey: "Maybe we could just do MANOWAR songs!"
of a funny thing that happened to you...<
Lemmy: "I remember when we got deported from Finland,
the last time we played the Punkalaidun... They put us on this plane. The
captain came to us and said: 'I know about you guys! Any trouble from you
and I'll have the police waiting for you.' So we got to England and there
were all these cops waiting. I thought 'Oh shit, he's going to have us arrested!'
But they arrested him! He was drunk flying the plane! - laughters -
poetic justice, you see! Sometimes it works. That was one of the funniest
fucking thing that ever happened to me."
your favorite motorcycle?<
Lemmy: "I don't have a motorcycle. The last time I
had a motorcycle was when I was sixteen. It's long gone..."
bass do you have on the road?<
Here comes the call for the end of the interview. Thanks
guys! You rule!
Lemmy: "Well, I have seven all together... I've got
three on the road."
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