Friday, December 11th wasn’t supposed to be the final Motörhead show. The Berlin show capped off a European tour that found not frontman Lemmy Kilmister taking ill, but guitarist Phil Campbell. What turned out to be their final show was rescheduled from November 27th, and they were scheduled to return to Europe in January. Of course, that’s not the case now. In an interview with Swedish paper Expressen, drummer Mikkey Dee stated the obvious – that the band will not continue without the death of its iconic leader.
“Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many.”
Dee was obviously shocked, having just found out one day prior that Lemmy had been given two to six months to live, due to tumors on his brain and neck. He died just one day later, before the band got to say their final goodbyes in person. The drummer added that he was really happy that they were able to complete the European tour, saying that Kilmister spent all of his energy onstage. Watch what turned out to be the band’s final song played, their iconic closer, “Overkill,” less than three weeks ago. Sure, Lemmy’s trademark vocals seem a little less urgent, but they’re still there, and musically, the trio were still a force to be reckoned with until their final note.