Playboy.com teamed up with VRLIVE and producer Dann Saxton last May to listen in on some new MOTÖRHEAD tracks, soak up some of frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister’s caustic wisdom and capture the whole thing in 360-degree virtual reality. In the just-released clip, which was filmed in Lemmy’s North Hollywood studio, he was asked: What would you tell your 20-year-old self about life? Lemmy responded: “Well, you know, I don’t know about life; nobody does. We know about death. [Laughs] But life is, like, more complicated. And certain things jump in at you. Just when you’ve taken a forward, confident step, they blow your fucking candle out. [Laughs] And that’s it.”
He continued: “It really weird. When I got sick last year, all in one year… I already had diabetes, and then I got fucking kidney failure and all kinds of shit. I was in the hospital twice, you know. I never planned for this shit. I have no frame of reference for being in bed all day with the thing that goes up and down behind me… It’s unbelievable. It’s like being in a La-Z-Boy [furniture store] with, like, nurses around. [Laughs] I didn’t like it much, and I don’t plan on going back, if I can help it.”
Asked what he thinks about death, Lemmy said: “The thing about death is it’s so final, isn’t it, really? As far as we know… Nobody has ever come back and told us about it… ”
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.
Asked if his illness has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy previously told Classic Rock magazine: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”
With their raw, uncompromising sound, MOTÖRHEAD never became a major commercial success, but Lemmy and his cohorts remained a popular live attraction for the next several decades while winning a Grammy in 2005 and recording a total of 22 studio albums. The most edition of the band, featuring guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, spent 22 years together, releasing its now-final album, “Bad Magic”, last year.