Legendary MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister spoke with Jeb Wright from Classic Rock Revisited recently about a number of topics including their new live set, The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else.
A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Classic Rock Revisited: The Wacken Festival looks amazing on the DVD. Tell me what is unique about Wacken?
Lemmy: “It is one of the oldest festivals in Germany; it’s been around a long time. We played there early on when it was only one day and now it is four or five days. There were only a few thousand people in the old days and now it’s 85,000. I’ve got a plaque from them for Motörhead being the band that has played Wacken the most times.”
Classic Rock Revisited: : You don’t depend on the lights or the showmanship. Did record companies ever try to get you to be more gimmicky on stage?
Lemmy: “No, we can’t afford to do that in America, anyway. If you’re third on the bill you don’t get to do that. If it is one of our own shows then we play at smaller places, so there isn’t room for a lot of that stuff. We found ourselves having to stand on the music alone, which we have done so far.”
Classic Rock Revisited: : When you play big festivals there are Metal bands from different generations. Some of the new bands are more about the show than the music.
Lemmy: “That’s because people applaud pyro. That encourages bands to do that. It seems someone is always wanting to light a match. The girls breathing fire is different because they have tits and things. Most of our audience is boys, so it is a bit of a treat for the guys. They’ve been standing there all day, very often in the rain, especially in Europe. It is just a bit of a treat.”
Classic Rock Revisited: : There are rumors that the next Motörhead album will be all covers.
Lemmy: “We did discuss it, but we haven’t come to a concrete decision on it. It would be fun to do. The three of us are very different when it comes to music, so it would be a very diverse album. We’d make them all into Motörhead songs, anyway. We’ve done covers before.”
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