Lemmy Kilmister is an important figure in world music history. Lemmy passed away last year and sent a deep sadness to the entire music world. This death was a very negative effect on heavy metal world.
Motörhead’s drummer Mikkey Dee spoke about the last days before Lemmy’s death. Speaking to Music Radar, the drummer said:
“No one thought that would be Lemmy’s last tour, but I felt it. I always remember Lemmy saying, ‘If we can’t sound like Motorhead, what’s the point?’
We got asked to do unplugged things and shows where we’d have to turn down – what’s the point? If we can’t be Motorhead, why are we going to be out there pretending? We always said, when it doesn’t sound like it should, we’ll step down.
In the end, Lemmy struggled so hard. He put in 300 percent just to be able to do a show.
I felt that this would probably be among the last stuff we’d do live, at least for a while. Or at least we’d have to re-think, maybe just doing hand-picked summer festivals in Europe, then rest, then maybe do a small US tour and nothing else. And next year maybe a few festivals to scale it down and still be able to play.
Lemmy wouldn’t sit still, he wanted to go, go, go, so it was up to us to slow him down a little bit. That last German tour, I felt he needed to go back and add some weight to his little, skinny body and then we could come back but I did not think that he would pass away. He went out with a bang.
I still can’t believe, when we did these shows that we did on the European leg, how much energy we put out and that Lemmy was even able to do these shows. I came up to his hotel room talking to him before we’d check out or we’d be sitting in the bus talking, ‘Are you comfortable with the set? Do you think we should move any songs around?’
And he was just so exhausted. I’d go, ‘Oh my god, four hours and then we’ve got to play.’ And we’d go on stage and he exploded. Like, no problem. Then after the show he’d basically collapse.
The next day, I’m looking at him on the bus, I don’t know if we’re going to do a show tonight, then we walk on stage and he just did it and did it better than he’d played in 3 or 4 years since he got sick. So this was really almost meant to be.
Before people die they seem to get extra energy or something to get your affairs in order. I don’t know what that’s all about but he played his ass off and did it so well.
I felt for him because I saw how much he had to give to be able to perform so I figured we’ll have a break here, we’ve got to let Lemmy gain some weight and get some energy back and then I think it’s going to be fine, but unfortunately he called it a day.
‘I had a good run,’ that’s what he said. ‘I had a good run.’ He wasn’t going to do chemo and all this bullshit, he said. ‘I’m going to sleep,’ and then he died.
He took charge of his last moments himself. Very typical. A real stubborn bastard. He’s sitting up there laughing – or down there, I don’t know where he is.
Every snare hit I play from now on until I go into the grave will be a small tribute to Lemmy and be in honor of the man who taught me so much and stood up for me.”