Rightfully worshipped by headbangers and punks alike, Motörhead and its iconic founder, bassist and principle songwriter Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, have been grinding out their influential brand of balls-out rock for nearly four decades. Founded after Lemmy was fired from British space-rock outfit Hawkwind for getting busted with speed at the Canadian border in 1975 — or, as he famously put it, for “doing the wrong drugs” — Motörhead forged a punishing, overdriven sound that has remained virtually unchanged throughout the band's career.
From the classic early lineup featuring “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums through the current long-running power trio with guitarist Phil Campbell (a member since 1984) and drummer Mikkey Dee (who celebrates his 20th year as a member in 2012), Lemmy and company have maintained a standard of quality and ferociousness matched by few bands. Motörhead has been particularly prolific of late, issuing its 20th studio album, The Wörld Is Yours in late 2010 and its latest concert document, the new three-disc DVD/CD The Wörld Is Ours – Vol. 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else. The honorable Mr. Kilmister recently spoke with All Shook Down about Motörhead's touring plans, last year's acclaimed documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch, and his forthcoming solo effort featuring such collaborators as The Damned, Joan Jett, and Jeff Beck. Motörhead performs at the Gigantour with Megadeth, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil at the Event Center at San Jose State University this Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.
First off, I wanted to say I've been seeing you perform since I was a teenager and I'm in my 40s now. Motörhead has always been one of those bands I could count on to deliver the goods. Thank you for your amazing consistency throughout your career.
Thank you for your amazing consistency [laughs].