Q&A: Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister on Touring with Megadeth and His Forthcoming Solo Album

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I haven't managed to see that band yet. Do you have plans for more Head Cat albums as time allows?

Oh yeah, sure. That's fun. That's not even a job. It's not even work. It's just three guys getting together who like the same kind of music having a blow on the old songs, you know? There's no pressure with that.

Do you have other projects or activities that would allow you to explore avenues you can't really do with Motörhead?

Not so far. Isn't this enough [laughs]?

It's not like you're just sitting around the house. You've been open to working with a lot of people, both contemporaries and younger musicians you've influenced, like Dave Grohl. Is there anyone you'd like to work with in particular?

Janet Jackson [laughs]. I don't know. There are a lot of people out there who are great players. It's just whether the spark arrives. Whether somebody wants to do it and I've got some free time. I'm three-quarters of the way though a solo album right now. I've got two tracks with The Damned, two tracks with [German hard-rock band] Skew Siskin, one with Joan Jett, one with Grohl, and two with the Reverend Horton Heat. So I've got quite a mixed bag on there. I'm trying to get one with Skin from Skunk Anansie.

That's funny, because I thought about asking the solo album question, but figured as the principle songwriter with Motörhead you might find that enough of an outlet. If you're that far along on the solo album, do you see that coming out this year or next year?

It'll probably be next year, 'cause we're working a lot this year. But maybe it'll be this year. I don't know. It depends on how fast I can get the last few tracks done after we finish this tour.

Who else do you have slated for the album other than Skin that you still need to get tracks from?

Well, the original idea for this solo album I got from Jeff Beck. And he's the only one I haven't been able to nail down to do the fucking track, which is typical of Jeff. He's always the same. He'd rather be under a car covered in gasoline than playing his guitar.

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