Anvil guitarist-vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow recently appeared in an interview with Made in Metal. He recalled when Lemmy Kilmister was angry at him as he rejected his offer to join Motörhead. Lips also revealed that they buried the hatchet after the incident.

Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow gained recognition as the guitarist and lead vocalist of Anvil, the band he established with the drummer Robb Reiner in 1978. The band was considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal in the ’80s. They influenced many impactful heavy metal acts such as Megadeth, Anthrax, and Metallica.

They released more than fifteen studio albums as a band. The debut album was ‘Hard ‘n’ Heavy,‘ released in 1981. In the same period, Motörhead gained massive success with their fourth studio album, ‘Ace of Spades.’ The title track was number fifteen on the UK Singles Chart.

However, the guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke parted ways with the band in 1982. Lemmy invited Kudlow to join the band replacing Clarke. However, the Anvil guitarist rejected Lemmy’s offer as he pursued to continue working with his band. Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson became the guitarist of Motörhead that year.

During a recent interview, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow recalled when Lemmy was angry at him at first after he refused his offer to join the group. Lemmy told him that joining Motörhead would be crucial to his career. Although the Anvil guitarist was aware of this, he wanted to stay with his band and work on the upcoming album ‘Forged in Fire,’ as he stated. The rocker preferred to carry out his responsibility in his band.

About what happened after he refused Lemmy’s offer, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow explained:

Lemmy, at first, was pissed off at me. But once he fixed the problem, he realized, ‘How can I be pissed off at him? I would have said no if he asked me.’ When you ask somebody who’s in the midst of doing something to come to join your band and they say no because they’re too busy, then it’s not because they don’t like what you’re doing.

But he had a harder time understanding that. What he actually said to me was, ‘Did you realize what the opportunity was and what I could have done for your career?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I did,’ but at the same time, it would have been detrimental to my career because Anvil would’ve had no third album, ‘Forged in Fire.'”

The guitarist also mentioned that he and Lemmy fixed their problems after a while. As the guitarist revealed, Lemmy told him he did the right thing by staying with his band. They buried the hatchet after this discussion they made during a UK tour.

Lips continued in the same interview:

“We had at least the opportunity to bury the hatchet afterward. I went and toured the UK with Lemmy, and we had that discussion about everything that had happened. And, of course, at the time, we were both agreeing, ‘You definitely did the right thing.’ Like, Lemmy sitting there in the hotel room, ‘You did the right thing because you’re Lips and I’m Lemmy. There’re two bands here, and that’s better than one band.'”

You can watch the entire interview below.