Singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, pictured performing at The Fillmore Charlotte on September 23, died on Sunday at the age of 70.
It’s the end of the road for Motorhead.
Drummer Mikkey Dee told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper that the iconic metal band is “over” following the death of frontman Lemmy Kilmister this week.
“Motorhead is over, of course,” Dee told the newspaper, according to a translation in London’s Mirror. “Lemmy was Motorhead. 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.”
The “Killed by Death” singer and bassist passed away Monday, just two days after being diagnosed with an “extremely aggressive cancer.”
And Dee said that his 70-year-old bandmate essentially willed himself to death rather than face a steep decline from the disease.
Phil Campbell, Lemmy and Mikkey Dee of Motorhead arrive at the Grammy Awards last February.
“When he went home he said, ‘I’ve had a good run, f–k it,’ and then more or less died,” Dee recalled to Expressen.
What amazed the drummer the most is that Lemmy overcame both a wild lifestyle to last this long. Lemmy once boasted of bedding 1,000 women by the age of 63 — his exploits with alcohol were the stuff of legend. He had a history of health issues, including both a cardioverter-defibrillator operation and hematoma in 2013, which caused the cancellation of several of the band’s shows. Lemmy limped through the end of Motorhead’s recent European tour, performing his final concert in Berlin on Dec. 11.
“He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage and afterwards he was very, very tired,” Dee recalled. “It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable.”
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