Rock Giants Pay Tribute To Lemmy In Documentary


May 22, 2008

The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled “Lemmy” and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister’s life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, the Clash’s Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.

Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski (both of whom have contributed to Billboard) are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. Other giants from the world of metal and hard rock will appear in the film as well, with details to be announced. “We haven’t heard the word ‘no’ yet after any interview request,” Olliver says.

“Lemmy never ceases to surprise me,” Orshoski says. “You think you know who Lemmy is, but you have no idea. If you think you have Lemmy all figured out, trust me. You don’t!”

“Shooting Lemmy is like filming dangerous wildlife. He never does what you expect him to do, and he never does anything you want him to do,” Olliver says with a laugh. “A lot of the coolest shots are shots we had to wait for four or five shows to go by before we could get them.”

A distribution deal hasn’t yet been inked, but the teaser clip, featuring on-stage footage and such amusing backstage segments as Kilmister testing out a bass amp at deafening volume and telling dirty jokes, is available at

Motorhead will be on tour in Europe through mid-July, after which it heads Stateside for a stint with Heaven & Hell and Judas Priest in August. A three-week U.K. run follows in October.

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