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Late Motorhead frontman Lemmy: ‘I’m going to hell… that’s where the pool tables are’

Lemmy performing in 2005 (Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)
Lemmy performing in 2005 (Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Lemmy, real name Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away on December 28 just days after he turned 70.

A new iPlayer programme titled Lemmy: In His Own Words will take a look back through the BBC vaults, bringing together performances and interviews from across his 50-year music career.

In one interview unearthed for the programme, he mused: “Do you go out like a little candle? Or do you re-incarnate? Do you go and live with Jesus? … I don’t think so.”

Speculating on the afterlife, he added: “I think it is all wonderful and we all go and live in Snowden at the top by the bar.

“I’m going to hell anyway, that’s where the pool tables are. You can’t imagine a pool table in heaven can you?”

The memorial service of Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (YouTube/PA Wire)
The memorial service of Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister (YouTube/PA Wire)

Lemmy was a pool enthusiast, with a Rolling Stones interview in 2014 noting that his pool table was a present from his friend Slash.

The BBC Music programme draws on interviews from documentaries and programmes including I’m In A Rock ‘N’ Roll Band! (2010), Forever Young: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Grew Up (2010), Heavy

Metal Britannia (2010), Riverside (1982), Later … With Jools Holland (2000), The Young Ones (1984), French & Saunders (1990), and Whistle Test (1985).

The programme will also feature classic Top of the Pops studio performances, as well as some material never previously broadcast.

James Stirling, editor of BBC Music, said: “Lemmy was a colossal figure in British music and he had a unique approach to both his songs and the industry he found himself in.

“There was a smart sense of humour at the heart of everything, something clearly demonstrated through his interviews and performances we’ve uncovered from the BBC Music archive.”

Lemmy: In His Own Words will be available on BBC iPlayer from Friday January 22 at 9pm.