Paul Inder, the son of iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, fielded questions in the press room at last night’s Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. You can watch video footage of his appearance below (courtesy of Artisan News).
The Grammy Awards included a tribute to Lemmy by HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, the supergroup featuring international film star and musician Johnny Depp alongside Alice Cooper and AEROSMITH’s Joe Perry.
Of the tribute, Inder stated: “I thought it was great. I thought it was very moving to respect my father in that way and pay homage to him, you know, at the Grammys too. So he would have been proud. So that was very, very touching for me.”
Speaking about Lemmy’s final months on the road, Inder said: “He had his up days and he had his down days. He would battle to go on stage sometimes, but he would always get it together — even if he was laid out on his back. Like, one show, I heard from Steve Luna, his assistant, that he was actually laid out on his back backstage. Then he heard the crowd chanting, ‘Lemmy, Lemmy,’ and he got up and he went out and he did it. So he was determined all the way to the end. That’s all he lived for. He said, Well, there’s nothing else I can do. I’m not gonna retire.’ ‘Retire’ didn’t exist in his vocabulary. So, I think he was… For him, it was all the way to the end, and he wanted to go with his boots on, and he kind of did.”
Inder added: “He set a great example for hard-working musicians. For anyone who gains respect from just sheer hard work and never stopping and never giving up and never giving in, I think he represented that.”
Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, at his home in Los Angeles.
The MOTÖRHEAD frontman had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniels habits.
The band was forced to cancel a number of shows last year, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on December 11.