December 29, 2015


Motörhead Drummer: Lemmy Kilmister’s Death Means Band is ‘Over, Of Course’

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Motörhead will not be continuing in any form or fashion now that its iconic frontman, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, has passed away at the age of 70, according to longtime drummer Mikkey Dee.

”Motörhead is over, of course,” Dee, who’s been drumming with the metal group since 1992, tells Sweden’s Expressen. “Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many.

“We won’t be doing any more tours or anything,” the drummer continues. “And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”

Kilmister died after “a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” according to an official note from Motörhead on Monday night (Dec. 28). In spite of the illness, Kilmister rocked multiple European cities as part of the band’s final tour earlier this year.

“He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired,” Dee says. “It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable.”

Kilmister’s untimely passing has been met with an outpouring of emotion from rock’s biggest stars; click here to read a handful of tributes.