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Motorhead @ Comerica Theatre

They don't come much more genteel than modern-day Nick Lowe, and they don't come more with a more hell-raising reputation than Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Yet on a recent episode of Marc Maron's podcast, WTF with Marc Maron (consistently one of the best interview programs out there), Lowe discussed his early run-ins with Lemmy in the hallowed halls of the Stiff Records offices: "Lemmy's great. He's fantastic. I don't know anyone who doesn't get on with Lemmy . . . he's fabulous great, he is. Very funny." Funny might not be the first adjective on the tip of Motörhead fans' tongues, who are more likely to exalt Lemmy as the supreme badass, and though he is, indeed, that (dude managed to get kicked out of Hawkwind for doing too much drugs), he's always been a cheeky bastard, never taking the rock 'n' roll thing too seriously. When collectible manufacturer Locoape approached Lemmy about creating an officially licensed figure, he responded "They said, 'It's an action figure,' and I said, 'So, you're gonna put a dick on it?' They said, 'No.' I said, 'Well, then it's not going to get much action then, is it?'" (The figure eventually was created, though it's long since sold out). Though his legendary status has as much to do with his drug and sex intake, Lemmy has remained a remarkably consistent songwriter, proving with 2010's The Wörld Is Yours that he's still dedicated to the Motörhead formula. At 66, Lemmy shows no signs of mellowing the way Lowe has (and he's got four years on Nick), but like that craftsman, he remains pretty damn good at what he does best. —Jason P. Woodbury

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.