Lemmy (as the good man is known to us, though born Ian Fraser Kilmister) has forever been one of the coolest dudes around. Even people who don’t listen to Motörhead dig him. The guy’s just got a way about him that, where he’s part man, part legend, almost part metal-punk cartoon character. He’s got the facial hair of a 19th Century constable with the long hair of a wildcat in the 1960s. He’s been fronting a rock band that’s consistently put out new music since its 1975 inception. And he takes care of himself—that’s why he’s switching from whiskey to vodka.
“Apparently, I am still indestructible,” Lemmy recently told The Guardian.
Lemmy, who will be 70 this year, is taking up a healthier lifestyle, at least within the classic confines of rock ‘n roll. He only smokes one pack of cigarettes a week now to ease his lungs a bit, and he’s moved on from “Jack and Coke” to vodka and orange juice to help his diabetes (or, as he puts it, “I like orange juice better, so Coca-Cola can fuck off.”
He’s been shredding music for 50 years, and he plans to do it until he dies, explaining, “As long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick—or even if I do have to use a stick.”
Want to hear him drop more rad knowledge? Good. We did too. That’s why we had him give us some life lessons. Check out the three-part series below.