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20 July 2005

We were granted the ultimate privilege of the only interview with the legendary Motorhead at this year's Download Festival, with plenty of talk of breast implants, decaff coffee, toasters and Motley Crue. Rock on!

Virtual Festivals: So how are you guys all doing today?
Philip Cambell (guitar): Pretty good but it’s cold!

VF: You guys have played Monsters of Rock before; which do you think is better – Monsters of Rock or Download?
Lemmy Kilmister (vocals & bass): I dunno, I came here to see the ZZ Top once and that was pretty good but it was a long time ago.
PC: Yeah, Monsters was quite some time ago but this one seems alright! I hope it doesn’t rain though! What do you think?

VF: Fingers crossed-it’s held off for most of the festival!
PC: Well we don’t care because we’re in the tent so we’re ok! [group sniggering]

VF: You’ve got a massive tour planned at the end of the year for your 30th anniversary. How are you going to survive it?
Mikkey Dee (drums): Like every other year. Our tours don’t run into each other, it’s a constant thing.
LK: Yeah, we’ve been touring for about 25 years.
PC: We have a couple of weeks off here and there but then we get back on the road.
LK: We’re used to it – it’s what we do.

VF: How do you feel about touring with Motley Crue in Australia?
LK: It’s fine, it should be funny watching them all looking at our bottles of beer and f**king whiskey and cokes!
PC: Think of the money we’ll save them not going to rehab anymore!

VF: Who do you think will raise the most hell between you guys?
LK: Probably us nowadays but I don’t know… Tommy’s still a hell raiser.
PC: We may taunt them a bit but we don’t mean it. They’re good guys.
MD: You never know, it could be the most boring tour we’ve ever done but who knows? We could all go fishing or go and paint a house!
PC: Give them decaff coffee in their dressing room! Decaff!
LK: Yeah, or we could go to the pictures instead.

VF: Have you got any plans for a follow-up tour to “Inferno” at all?
LK: Not yet but in the New Year.
PC: Another album!
LK: Yeah, we’re thinking of doing another album right now(!)
PC: We always do though don’t we?
MD: We’ll start working on it in January or February. Doing the tour will be enough for this year I think.
PC: We have a new DVD coming out in the next four to six weeks hopefully.
MD: It’s called “Stage Fright”… very scary!

VF: Can you describe the process you go through when recording an album?
LK: We go into the studio and make a racket until we run out of time really!
VF: How long do you usually give yourself?
LK: Overall, about 3 months.
MD: We try to finish the album when we’re satisfied but of course we’re not into nit-picking to death over the songs. When we like it, we release it.

VF: How did you guys feel about beating Slipknot and Cradle of Filth to get the Grammy?
LK: I would have been just as happy as beating anybody. As long as we won, I don’t care who else was involved.
MD: What was funny though was at the pre-party on the Saturday night before the show, when they (Slipknot) said you should be happy you’ve even been nominated. I think they were really sure they were going to take it.
PC: It was great watching one of the guys with their mask on and his assistant putting a cigarette in his mouth for him.
LK: They were all there with their masks on and then they didn’t get it – what a drag.
PC: They’re nice guys though…we’ve talked to them all before.
MD: I’d say we all deserved it but we obviously deserved it most because we won it.

VF: Have you got anything special planned for tonight?
LK: Yeah, I’m going to get breast implants, Phil’s going to explode on stage and Mikkey’s going back to Sweden at 6.30pm.
MD: No, I’m fixing a toaster instead of a drum solo.
PC: Fixing a toaster?
LK: That’s not a bad idea…
PC: What are you talking about? You couldn’t fix a toaster!

VF: Lemmy, you recently said that the older you get, the easier you find it to pull girls. Could you give us a chat up line?
LK: I think they’re fascinated by the horror of it all really. You know in horror movies when they walk down to a basement or up the stairs to a slamming door? Chicks always do that!

VF: Is there anything else you’d like to add before we go?
LK: Not at all – now where’s the bar?

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