RockConfidential.com recently conducted an interview with English model and singer Samantha Fox. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RockConfidential.com: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that you said you wanted Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD to give you away at your wedding!
Samantha Fox: That's really rock 'n roll! We met when I was 17. He read in the newspaper that before I was a model I was in a band and that I loved MOTÖRHEAD and AC/DC and VAN HALEN and KISS. He was quite surprised because my image at the time was very girly. I don't think a lot of people realized I was into rock 'n' roll so much. He was a fan of my pictures. It's so funny that he's a fan of mine! He came up to me at a charity event we were doing together. We started talking and he said we should do a song together. This was way before "Touch Me". I went to his house and walked into his living room. I couldn't believe that his back wall was full of my pictures from newspapers and magazines. He said, "OK, let's get some inspiration. What kind of song you want to do as a duet?" We started laughing about doing a heavy metal Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. He wanted to put on some music for inspiration and I couldn't believe he put ABBA on! Lemmy loves ABBA? He told me he gets a lot of his melody ideas from bands like ABBA. We wrote a song and called it "Beauty and the Beast". It was fantastic. Unfortunately, Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD got involved in a litigation with the record label and wasn't able to release new music for about three or four years. We couldn't release that track, which was a shame. We became friends over the years. We always meet up for dinner if we pass while gigging around. He's always been a mentor of mine since I've known him from such a young age. What can I say? Lemmy is one of the gods of rock music. He knows the ins and outs of the business and if I ever needed advice he's always been there for me. Unfortunately, my dad passed away 11 years ago I thought Lemmy would be great to give me away. It would be fantastic! He's such a nice fella. He's got a lot of character and lot of wisdom. I could sit and listen to his stories all day long. This guy tours constantly — his whole life. He's never home. I think he's one of the hardest-working people in the business.
RockConfidential.com: Except for when he's at the Rainbow playing those touch screen games…
Samantha Fox: I know! I've met Lemmy a few times in L.A. We'd go out and have a drink together and he'd leave me to go play one of those machines! You're not very good at conversation tonight, are ya Lemmy? He'd say, "Put some money in and rub me for luck!" If anyone can drag him away from those machines, I can!
RockConfidential.com: I've got to ask about your relationship with Paul Stanley. You dated him for a while. What do you remember about that time?
Samantha Fox: It was a wonderful time. I remember moving to New York. Every week I was flying back and forth to New York. I was constantly jet-lagged and burnt out. All I thought about New York was guns, gangs, rapes and drugs! That what I saw on TV, ya know? My bass player had moved to Albany. I knew him very well. I moved out my best friend and PA so it wasn't like I moved out all on my own. I had friends at the record company. I was recording one day with Full Force. We were working on the "Just One Night" record, I think. Paul was doing some solo stuff away from KISS. He really liked the "Naughty Girls" song I did. He got in touch with Full Force to work on a track. I was recording and he heard I was in the studio because he was working with Full Force at that time. I don't think anything ever came about with that track. I think he wanted to meet me because he just happened to turn up the day I was singing. Full Force introduced me to Paul. I was a big KISS fan anyway. Ten minutes after he left he called me from his limousine and asked me out on a date. I was new in the States and up for meeting new people. I wasn't thinking about a love affair at that time. I said "OK," and he said, "Well, how about tonight?" We went out for a great meal and he ended up showing me the America I didn't know. While I was recording the album Paul was doing a short tour of the States. In between the album I went on tour with him and saw how he did things — the rock 'n roll. way. I had a great time with Paul and learned a lot from him. He's a very talented guy. We had a great love affair. I went on tour for six months on a bus with a band. Me and Paul tried to see each other when we could. He was then on tour with KISS. After that tour I became a tax exile because I was paying so much tax and all of my money was basically going to managers and the tax man. I went to live in Spain for a year and our love affair just kind of fizzled out. There were no arguments or bad feelings. It was just a case of being apart. I have great memories of Paul. He's a really nice guy. He's a bit older than me but what can I say? I'm sure he lied about his age then! KISS is still a fantastic band and in 1989 they'd done far more than I'd done. Listening to their stories and his wisdom was fantastic.
RockConfidential.com: With Lemmy and Paul, that's definitely good company to be around in the music biz.
Samantha Fox: When I lived in Spain I became great friends with Glenn Tipton from JUDAS PRIEST. He lived just down the road. He was a tax exile as well. I wanted to still carry on writing while I lived there. Someone introduced me to Glenn in a bar. The next thing you know I'm at this beautiful, big house in his studio. I wrote some songs with him, too. Nothing ever came about. The record company wasn't keen on those songs but he got to play on one of our tracks called "Spirit of America". He recorded a fantastic solo for me. It was cool during that year in Spain to be working with him.
Read the entire interview from RockConfidential.com.