LEMMY On His Nazi Collection: 'I Only Collect The Stuff, I Didn't Collect The Ideas'

September 17, 2010

Michael Deeds of IdahoStatesman.com recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the major profile Rolling Stone magazine did on him in late 2009:

Lemmy: "It was quite funny, because I brought (the journalist) around to my house, which looks like a shrine to Nazism. But it's just my collection. I mean, you can't put it all in the cupboard; it won't fit.

"I only collect the stuff. I didn't collect the ideas."

On legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who died from stomach cancer in May:

Lemmy: "Yeah, that's rough. I mean, apart from him being a great friend of mine, he now leaves me being the oldest. Because he was older than me by about six months."

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman had strong words for rock musicians who collect Nazi memorabilia in a recent interview with Revolver magazine. When asked about artists such as Lemmy Kilmister and SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman who collect Nazi artifacts, Draiman said, "That's super-duper taboo and offensive to me. I don't understand the fascination. It's the most provocative imagery that you can brandish, and that's why people utilize it. And if that's their goal, I guess they're achieving it."

When told that Kilmister, who has been known to wear Iron Crosses and hats from the German air force, defends himself by saying he's just collecting artifacts of war history, Draiman replied, "I don't give a fuck who you are. If you're going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I'm going to have a problem with you because I don't understand how anybody could think it's OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I'm not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation."

MOTÖRHEAD recently completed recording its new album for an early 2011 release. The forthcoming CD will be the follow-up to "Motörizer", which sold a little more than 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Motörizer" was recorded in part (drums only) at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on "Kiss of Death" and 2004's "Inferno".

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