Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee talked about the struggles he faced when he first joined the band. He stated that the Motörhead was in trouble and needed to develop new things to hold on to the industry again.
Mikkey Dee joined Motörhead in 1992 when the late Lemmy Kilmister insisted that he leave his current act King Diamond and join them to replace Phil Taylor. It was difficult to see the band’s legendary drummer leave for the fans, and therefore Dee had some big shoes to fill.
According to Mikkey, Motörhead was in a bit of trouble because the band was out of tune and harmony. Moreover, Lemmy wanted to move from their old style even though they had achieved commercial success with their 1980 song ‘Ace of Spades.’
In his recent interview, Dee spoke about his feelings when he first joined the band and stated that he needed to become his own person instead of trying to be Phil Taylor. Moreover, Mikkey claimed that he joined the band right on time because they were up for a change, and he was a great help with that change.
Here how he summarised his experience of first joining Motörhead:
“I had to earn the trust of the band and the fans, absolutely, show them that I was the right guy and I was going to work very hard at this. And so I did. I did get accepted very, very quickly, which I’m very happy for. Because, as I said in a million interviews, I had two options – either being a ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor stand-in or a replacement, or I was gonna put myself on the map.
And, obviously, I chose the second option. Taylor was fantastic, and he did great over the years with Motörhead. And we were dear friends as well, I thought he was perfect, and I looked up to him in many ways. But here, I was a very different drummer, and I would change the music and the approach. I was just in time for a change, I think, and I believe that we took Motörhead to another level in many ways, shapes, and forms.
But it’s always gonna be the so-called original guys – Eddie and Taylor. They had the success of ‘Ace of Spades,’ and they started the whole thing, they created the whole thing. And I totally agree with that, but you can’t live of old success. Motörhead was in trouble at that time when I joined the band, they were not in harmony, and Lemmy wanted to move on. So, there we go.”
You can watch the full interview below.