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Motörhead drummer: The band 'is over, of course' after Lemmy's death

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Motörhead may be no more after the death of its formidable frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Current drummer Mikkey Dee told Swedish publication Expressen that the band will not continue. “Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead,” he said. “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.”

Kilmister died Monday night at age 70 and his bandmates wrote a note on Facebook saying his death was caused by “a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.” He learned of the disease on Dec. 26.

Motörhead had been on tour recently in Europe, though they had to cancel three shows in December following guitarist Phil Campbell’s hospitalization. Dee, who became the band’s drummer in 1992 when he replaced Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, said it was remarkable that Kilmister had been able to play those shows before his diagnosis. “He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage 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.”

He continued, “It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It’s heartening that we didn’t cancel because of Lemmy.”

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