MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister has accepted an invitation by Tory Welsh assembly member William Graham to address the assembly on drug abuse. The 59-year-old singer will give his talk on Thursday (Nov. 3) — before a gig in Cardiff.
"Frankly, young people are more likely to listen to him," Graham told the BBC News.
Graham was prompted to contact Lemmy by his researcher after a recent Channel 4 documentary on the band, "Live Fast Die Old", where he spoke about his hatred of heroin.
It is also the subject of his song "Dead Men Tell No Tales", and in an interview on MOTÖRHEAD's web site, he said heroin had killed "a lot of my generation," adding, "It's the only drug I hate."
The AM said he was keen to publicise the anti-drugs campaign and it was more likely to reach its target audience via a rock star "however many committees we have and however much money we spend".
Graham told the BBC News that while Lemmy had "a reputation for pushing the boundaries of experience in all aspects of life," he had shown in the documentary why he believed could not only "erase your artistic potential, it can erase your life."
He added: "It is a powerful message, delivered with all the understanding gained from the unique lifestyle Lemmy has pursued. It is a view of life that deserves wider consideration".
The AM, who chairs the school funding committee, admitted his knowledge of MOTÖRHEAD was limited to their biggest hit, "Ace of Spades". But he said with MOTÖRHEAD's reputation of "play hard, work hard and enjoy life to the full," Lemmy's words would be able to reach music fans directly, "with maximum impact guaranteed".
Graham's researcher, Paul Williams, has his own connection to Lemmy.
In the 1970s he wrote lyrics for a Welsh rock band, TOUCH, who once supported Lemmy's former band, HAWKWIND.
Williams approached MOTÖRHEAD, and Lemmy agreed to take part when the band were in Cardiff.
They will play at Cardiff University on Thursday night, a few hours after Lemmy's appearance at the assembly.
"Lemmy is taking it incredibly seriously, and his manager says he's writing a speech," said Williams.