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Max Cavalera Remembers Pissing Off Lemmy Kilmister, Hints at More Sepultura Album Anniversary Shows

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Soulfly frontman and former Sepultura leader Max Cavalera has been a man of reflection lately as he prepares to embark on a Cavalera Conspiracy tour with brother Igor. The siblings are planning to eventually celebrate the 20th anniversary of the widely influential yet divisive album, Roots, on tour. Max has not only turned back the clock on his own career, but in a recent interview he recalls his interactions with late Motorhead leader Lemmy Kilmister, explaining they didn’t get off to a good start.

Speaking with RockSverige.se, Cavalera discussed meeting his idol early on in Sepultura’s career when the band opened for the mighty Motorhead in Germany. When asked what Lemmy meant to him personally, the frontman stated, “He was great. My relationship with him didn’t start off good. We got off on the wrong foot. I was really young and Sepultura was opening up for them in Germany. We did a photo shoot and I came with wine and I was throwing it all over him. I was just being a total a–hole. In my head, I thought that was rock ‘n’ roll.”

Realizing he couldn’t have been more wrong, Cavalera continued, “I can see how he looked at me and just saw me as an arrogant a–hole kid being drunk in the middle of the afternoon. Just being a f–king idiot. We got off on the wrong foot and then we went out on their last show all naked and ruined their show and he wanted to kill me afterwards. He told Gloria [Cavalera, Max’s wife and manager], ‘This guy better not come near me.’ And I was like, ‘Ah s–t, I pissed off one of my idols. How did that happen?’ because I loved the guy and his music.”

Going on, Max stated, “The first time I met him was really cool. I was bugging him and he emptied a whole glass of whisky on my head. I thought that was the coolest thing and I just thought I’d been baptized and I was like, ‘F–k yeah!’ But he did it to push me away, like, ‘Let me play my machine.’ I didn’t shower for a week.”

Switching gears and talking about a more personal moment, Cavalera talked about a U.K show right after his stepson died in a car accident. Lemmy had caught word of the tragedy and walked up to Cavalera and said, “By the way, everything is good between us. You’re good in my book.” Satisfied, the singer said, ‘Cool. Finally.’ I didn’t wanna be the guy that pissed off his idol. It was a funny relationship. I was real sad when he died.”

When discussing the upcoming shows surrounding the performance of Roots in its entirety, the frontman remained hopeful for similar ventures in the future, stating, “If it works, I told Igor we could do the 30th anniversary of Arise or whatever, so we really hope it’s gonna work.”  No tour dates have been announced as of yet regarding the Roots anniversary shows.

Soulfly will be hitting the road with Suffocation, Battlecross, Abnormality and Lody Kong. The trek will kick off on April 22 in San Antonio, Texas. For a full list of dates, visit our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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