Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has been Motorhead’s iconic frontman since founding the group in 1975. But the spotlight is shining a bit brighter on him these days.
For starters, the singer-bassist is in the midst of recording a solo album. He says he’s about nine tracks into the guest-filled affair, which will include collaborations with Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Joan Jett, the Damned and Reverend Horton Heat, among others.
Why a solo album? “Why not?” replies Lemmy, 63, a British native who now resides in Los Angeles. “I figured I should do one before I pop off — if I ever get it ... finished. It’s probably going to be a posthumous release at the rate it’s going. I’ve been working on it for five years.”
Potential titles for the album, Lemmy says, including “False Teeth For the Deaf” and another one that’s, well, not printable in this setting.
Lemmy is also the subject of a documentary that he says is still a work in progress. “They’re still recording bits of it,” he reports. “They keep coming back, ‘Can we get some more?’ They’re at the gigs filming everything, asking people questions. They’ll do that forever if I don’t stop it, I suppose.”
Though the release of the solo album and documentary are pending, Lemmy is more certain about Motorhead’s next album, which will be the trio’s 20th, following 2008’s “Motorizer.”
“We’re going in, in January,” Lemmy says, “so we’ll probably have an album out by the end of summer at the latest. We never write beforehand; we just go into a rehearsal room for three weeks, then go into the studio. We know what we’re doing. We’re not idiots ...
“Well, I am. I’m a professional idiot, at least.”
Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat and others perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 1) at SoundBoard in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $32, $36 and $39. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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