Motorhead was making its new album, “The World is Ours,” at the same time filmmakers were shooting “Lemmy: 49% Motherf**Ker, 51% Son of a Bitch,” the documentary about the hard rock trio’s iconic frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. But you won’t see many recording studio shots in the movie — by design.
“We wouldn’t let them in, ’cause you can’t do both,” explains Lemmy, 65, who founded Motorhead after he left Hawkwind in 1975, guiding it through 11 lineups and 25 albums. “We let them in for a couple of days to do a bit of filming, but we didn’t want to be too distracted by them, you know?”
Produced by regular associate Cameron Webb, Lemmy laughs as he says the group “set out to make a Motorhead record” with “The World is Ours” but acknowledges that after all these years it’s not a band that’s prone to surprises.
“We’re pretty simplistic, really,” he says. “It’s hard rock, very loud and obnoxious, a cross between punk and ... ’50s rock ‘n’ roll.
“We do Motorhead music the best you’ll ever hear it. Nobody does it as good as us, so we just try to do that. We do a couple of sidetracks now and again, but not on this album. This one’s pretty straightforward.”
Motorhead, Clutch and Valient Thorr perform on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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