Motörhead Will Never Do a “Reunion” Tour Without Lemmy, Says Mikkey Dee
The validity of reunion tours without key members has often been called into question; we’ve seen it happen with the current Pantera lineup, with fans and other musicians disagreeing on its appropriateness or legitimacy. While speaking to The Metal Voice, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee addressed the topic of possible Motörhead reunions or tribute tours booked without late frontman Lemmy Kilmister, saying simply that it wouldn’t happen under the Motörhead banner.
“No. I really don’t think [the fans] want us to do that. That, to me, is stepping over the line. We will never, ever, ever tour with Motörhead as a name ever and bring someone else in [to play Lemmy’s parts]. That will never happen. But what we are doing is doing some shows here and there…
“I just did two shows Saturday and Sunday here in Sweden with two younger guys and did 10 Motörhead songs, and this show sold out in less than two weeks. We had to add that Sunday. And it’s so great to play the old classics again and perform. But it has nothing to do with trying to be Motörhead. And this is not advertised as Motörhead; it’s advertised [as] ‘Mikkey Dee With Friends’, for instance. So there’s definitely a line there.”
Dee went on to say that he isn’t judging anyone publicly for how they choose to conduct their reunions but he sees the difference between cash grabs and genuine celebrations of the music.
“I just don’t get it [as to why fans complain so much about that]. I just don’t get it. Because all [fans] have to do, if they have such a problem with it, just stop listening and stop following. But there is people out there that still wanna hear these songs. But with that said, it has to be done in a respectful and tasteful manner. And I won’t mention any bands or names here, but everyone does not do that, and they’re kind of overstepping, where it kind of becomes so obvious that there only is money that they’re out for.”