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Mikkey Dee Thinks the Surviving Members of Motorhead Could Tour in Tribute to Lemmy

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Ex-Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee is open to the idea of a Lemmy tribute tour featuring some of his fellow former bandmates.

As Dee claimed in a recent interview, that type of tour is something that’s “definitely happening” — though when it comes to timing or details, he confessed he has “no idea” when or how it’ll happen.

“Now is not the right time. I’d like to wait until there’s a demand. The fans have been eating hamburgers for 40 years, so maybe you don’t want to have hamburger the first year after Lemmy’s death – instead you have to crave that hamburger again,” said Dee. “We’ve toured for so many years that some time has to pass until people say, ‘F—, I’d really like to hear some cool Motörhead songs live onstage again.’”

Dee went on to contrast his idea with that of the Dio Disciples tribute band, which toured shortly after Ronnie James Dio‘s death in 2010 — a decision he described as “not at all appropriate for several reasons.” As he sees it, there needs to be more time and distance for that type of memorial tour to have sufficient impact.

“I want there to be a demand for Motörhead first,” continued Dee. “Then maybe something will happen with me and Phil Campbell and maybe Fast Eddie Clarke, plus two or three other megastars that love Motörhead. You can do something really great with it – but it’s all about the right place at the right time.”

Aside from Dee, Campbell and Clarke, there remain a handful of former Motörhead members who could make appearances if the stars align, but the lineup Dee mentioned would draw the biggest turnout and best represent the band’s substantial legacy. Dee’s thoughts regarding a tour represent a change of heart from the days immediately after Lemmy’s passing, during which he insisted, “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.”

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