Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has revealed that new material from the heavy metal legends might yet appear – and also a tribute concert for the late bandleader, Lemmy, who passed away on December 28, 2015, just four days after his 70th birthday.
Speaking of the possibility of new material from the archives, Dee told Billboard: “There is some stuff around, but I don’t know exactly what. I know we have a lot of live [material], but there’s nothing in the plans as of now and we haven’t talked about it, but I’m sure there is plenty, both video and audio.”
Considering the idea of a Lemmy tribute concert, Dee mused: “There’s a possibility of doing that when the time is right. One day there’s going to be a craving for something like this, and when there’s a craving for it we have to do it in a proper way.”
He says that the possible gig would be “two and a half hours of classic Motorhead – shit that we never even played when we were around.”
But there are caveats: “Only with the right formation and the right timing – to do it too soon would be a disaster. But I’m totally open to doing something and I’m going to do my damnedest to put something really, really great together.”
Dee was speaking following the release last Friday (September 1) of Motorhead’s posthumous covers album, Under Cöver. It includes their versions of David Bowie’s ‘”Heroes”’, Twisted Sister’s ‘Shoot ‘em Down’ and Metallica’s ‘Whiplash’ among others.
“Many, many moons ago, we were sitting around a table and talking about how it would be fun to make a covers record,” Dee recalled. “Lemmy would choose four songs, [guitarist] Phil [Campbell] would choose four songs and I would choose four songs. Just songs that everybody liked over the years, but we never went into the studio to make a complete covers album.”
Dee adds, “We have done some great cover songs over all the years. We gathered all the stuff we’d done and said, ‘Let’s just put ’em all on one record and give the fans a cool booklet with some history.’ We’d done a few more things, but this collection was perfect, I thought.”