Motorhead will hang up its rock and roll shoes with the death of lead Lemmy Kilmister.
Lemmy died yesterday from an aggressive form of cancer that had only be diagnosed two days earlier. His death came as a shock to his bandmates who had not even had a chance to say goodbye.
Drummer Mikkey Dee told the Swedish newspaper Expressen “Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many. We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”
Lemmy had a number of medical problems over the last few years, many times having to either postpone tours or end individual shows early. Dee did say that he managed to power through the band’s recent European tour which ended on December 11 in Berlin, Germany.
”He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable.”
Dee summed it up by saying “I’m incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together.”
Motorhead was formed in 1975 with Lemmy the only original member to be part of the band throughout their existence. Current guitarist Phil “Wurzel” Campbell, joined in 1984 while Dee became a member in 1992.
The band released their first, self titled, album in 1977 and their last, Bad Magic, in August. They’ve put out 22 studio albums, nine live albums and twelve compilations.
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