Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Talks Playing Past 70 + Coming Back as a Ghost in Video Interview
Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister kept his sense of humor right down to the last interviews he ever gave. In a 14-minute video chat (broken up into two videos -- one above, one below) recorded by German TV channel ZDF back in late November, the vocalist was asked if he intended to keep on performing.
With his wry wit, Kilmister joked, "After death? No. I'll have to stop then, I think. You never know ... I could haunt somewhere. Mess up somebody else's gig. Tears for Fears or somebody -- appear in the middle of it and go, 'Everybody out!'" But in a more serious turn, he added, "I’ll do it for as long as I can. I’m 70 in December and it’s sort of ludicrous after that. But I’ll see how I feel.”
Reflecting on his career longevity, Lemmy admitted that it caught him by surprise. "40 years is a joke," stated the frontman. "It's ridiculous. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do now." He added, "The press didn't like us. They gave us six months to live. They're all gone and I'm still here. Too bad."
Sadly, 2015 saw not only the death of Lemmy Kilmister, but also the band's former drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Kilmister said, “I've known Phil, it feels like all my life. It feels like it, you know. He was a real character, you know, a real nutcase – and I do admire that in a person. I think he lost his will to live. He was doing a lot of the wrong drugs and living with the wrong people and it finally caught up with him … It was too much for his constitution. So far I’ve survived it, because I invented it, more or less.”
He continued, "I don’t recommend the lifestyle, because most people die of it. A lot my friends are dead who shouldn’t be. They had a lot more music in them. But that’s the way life is – it’s all down to luck.”
Check out one of Lemmy's last interviews with Germany's ZDF in the players above and below.
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