Max Cavalera Recounts Awkward First Encounter with Lemmy in 1989, Getting Baptized In Whisky

Elliott Fullam from Little Punk People is back with a brand new interview. This time he sits down with Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed) to talk about everything from Max’s obsessive-compulsive disorder issues to the spiritual references within the new Soulfly album Ritual.

One of the best stories in the video is one that Max shares about his first interaction with Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister in 1989. Max was still new to rock ettiquette and was being a bit of a punisher and Lemmy just wanted to hang.

What happened next was rock comedy gold:

“I met him in ’89 on our first European tour and we were in some pub in England and he was playing the little machine-things that he does. And I was a little Brazilian kid at that time, touring for the first time. And I went to bug him like an idiot, you know? ‘Hey man! I’m from Brazil! I love Motorhead!’ and all that. He’s like ‘Leave me alone, kid. I’m trying to play this machine, here.’

And I went back to our table…I did some more shots…got more courage, came back and bugged him again. And then he just didn’t say anything. He just grabbed the whole whiskey he was drinking and poured it over my head. That was kind of his ‘LEAVE ME ALONE’ sign, ya know? And I went back to the table and told all the other guys in the band: ‘I just got baptized by Lemmy! I’m good! I’m not gonna wash my hair for a month!’ And I probably didn’t.”

Watch the full interview below:

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