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Date: Mar 26 01:42:55 2010
Motorhead's Lemmy reminisces about time as Jimi Hendrix' roadie

Prior to becoming one of the most recognizable faces in metal, Motorhead singer / bassist Lemmy Kilmister spent some time in the late sixties as a roadie for legendary guitar god Jimi Hendrix. In honor of the the last issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which pays tribute to Hendrix, the magazine's staff sat down with Lemmy to recollect on his experiences back then. Read a couple of choice excerpts from that chat below.


"I was sleeping on [Jimi Hendrix's roadie] Neville Cheste's floor - he was sharing a flat with Noel Redding, so whenever they needed an extra pair of hands I was right there. I didn't get the job for any talent or anything. But I did see Jimi play a lot. Twice a night for about three months. I'd seen him play backstage too. He had this old Epiphone guitar - it was a 12-string, strung as a six string - and he used to stand up on a chair backstage and play it. Why he stood up on the chair, I don't know. "When he performed, he was magic. You would watch him and space and time would stop. After he played, we would have to repair his fuzzboxes because he'd just stomp all over them. And they'd go into bits all over the stage, and you'd have to go find the bits and put them back together. Fucking murder. He was supposed to be a showman but I think he eventually got sick of it, and when people moaned at him, he'd go into this kind of imitation Jimi Hendrix routing, you know? It wasn't convincing. That was a shame.

"But Jimi was a really nice guy. And very courteous. If a woman came into the room, he'd shoot to his feet and get a chair out for her. He was old fashioned like that. Good manners don't cost nothing."

Click Here to watch a video clip of the entire interview.




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