What wisdom have you acquired in your nearly four decades with Motörhead? None at all! Ha! Well, I’ve learned a thing or two about my health that I didn’t before. And I know about the ins and outs of the record business, although I’m not very technical. But I can see through the bulls---, and I can see through details — I can get to the end of a problem a lot quicker than some people I know. And my motto is, “Do as you would be done by.” That’s one of the oldest ones, and it’s the best one.
But after a betrayal, your first instinct is to seek revenge, right? Oh, yeah, by all means. “Do as you would be done by, or I’ll gut you, you f---er!” But I don’t recommend scrapping because it’s pointless, you know. If you fight somebody, if you knock them down, it doesn’t mean you’ve changed their point of view. They’ll probably believe in their version of things even more after that. Plus, there’s always some other chap who’ll come along and tie you in knots!
You used to sneer at death, song after song. Yeah, well, I’ve been in the hospital twice this year. So I understand it a bit better now. And I finally had to give up drinking, and smoking, too. I’m just drinking wine now, if anything. And I’ve got a physiotherapist who comes over every couple of days and puts me through my exercises. Up to 40, you think you’re indestructible, the immortal man. But you’re not.
You’re playing your own Mötorboat Cruise show this fall. Wouldn’t that be kind of scary, trapped on a ship full of superfans? Yeah. And I can’t swim, either! But the Beatles did all that years ago. There were two ferryboats in Liverpool called the Royal Iris and the Royal Daffodil, and they’d go out with full crews but with bands playing on them.
IF YOU GO
Where: Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $37.50 to $49.50
Contact: (415) 345-0900, www.axs.com