In his latest diary A Real Hard Night, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless writes the events of his band’s infamous tour with Motörhead back in 1997, which resulted in the band quitting the trek after Lemmy butted heads with Lawless. Here’s what he had to say:
“One thing I’d like to address is the U.S. leg of [the] tour that we did with Motörhead
A lot has been written about an altercation that happened between Lemmy and myself. There was a lot of tension between the two of us while we were doing the tour and at one point he and I got into a very heated argument.
I had known Lemmy for a long time and the problems that him and I were having didn’t make sense. Him and I used to hang out together in night clubs so the goings-on during the tour that caused the problems were strange, to say the least.
A few months after the tour was over, I ran into him during the filming of a VH1 special. We talked for a while and discussed what the hell had just happened. Come to find out, somebody booking the tour had told me one thing, and Lemmy said another guy told him completely the opposite concerning how the tour would be run. It made a tour that should have been a lot of fun be filled with totally unnecessary tension.
What happened was these people who booked the tour used both of us to get what they wanted.
After [Lemmy] and I talked it out, I was REALLY angry at those people. I know I GOT USED!!!
Him and I hugged each other and he gave me a call the next day.
I’m happy to call him my friend.
I wish I could go back and undo everything that happened during that tour!!!
As a side note, we were both playing a festival a couple of months ago in Romania. It was unbelievably HOT that day!!! I went into [Lemmy's] dressing room after we finished our show and I told him, ‘Lemmy, whatever you do, you gotta make sure before you go on stage that you’re COMPLETELY hydrated or you’ll pass out!’ He holds up a glass full of Jack Daniels and Coke and says, ‘I intend to stay COMPLETELY hydrated out there… as there are MANY, MANY ice cubes in this glass.’ All I could do was hang my head and just laugh…. That’s the Lemmy I know and love!!!”
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