The Belfast Telegraph recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On living life in the fast lane and possible retirement:
"I can't think of anything better to do, can you? I can't see retirement being any better than running round the world chasing birds."
On staying on the road for long periods of time:
"Tours really blur after a while. But every tour's good, as long as you're not crippled!"
On how many other veteran acts take five or more years between albums:
"I think the band kind of dies about the third year in without another album. If I sold as many records as AC/DC, I'd do one every six fucking months!"
On MOTÖRHEAD's influence, with everyone from METALLICA to Dave Grohl crediting the English rockers for having inspired them:
"It's nice to be complimented. If we made somebody pick up a guitar and make music, then it can't be all bad."
On resisting calls to reunite with guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor — the mob that recorded seminal metal masterpieces like "Overkill", "Bomber" and "Ace of Spades":
"It wouldn't be fair on these two [current drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell]. These guys have played 'Ace of Spades' a lot more times than Phil [Taylor] or Eddie did. We've been working too hard at this band now to put it on hold while I go fucking around with the other two. I'm loyal. I was loyal to Phil and Eddie, too, until they weren't loyal to me any more."
On his lyrics, which continue to rail against the injustices of modern society:
"It's all war and child porn. Mankind hasn't progressed beyond the caves. All we've got are bigger weapons. We can just kill our enemies from further away. We don't have to see what we did."
Read the entire interview from Belfast Telegraph.