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16th February 2016


The Hollywood Vampires, the rock supergroup including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, remembered Lemmy at the Grammys last night by performing 'Ace Of Spades'. Here's a video of the track.

Dave Grohl introduced the band by talking about Lemmy, saying "A lot of us like rock n' roll, but not a lot of us are rock n' roll. Lemmy was rock n' roll. He was a rebel and an outsider. He was a one of a kind and a way of life. He was Motörhead.

"He was a legend and I was proud to call him my friend. I have an 'Ace Of Spades' tattoo, but the truth is that Lemmy left his mark on me a long time ago. As he told us in 'Ace Of Spades', the pleasure is to play. I'd like to thank Lemmy and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor for their music and everything it meant to Motörhead."

The Hollywood Vampires then took to the stage to play one of their own songs, before playing the cover of 'Ace Of Spades'.

The February issue of Sweden Rock Magazine is dedicated to Lemmy and in addition to receiving a Motörhead t-shirt, new subscribers of the magazine can read stories about Lemmy as told by his friends, crew and fellow musicians over 39 pages.

Mikkey Dee discusses the death of his bandmate and friend and his own plans for the future. Here's some excerpts from the in-depth interview (6,400 words over nine pages) which were translated for Blabbermouth.

About Lemmy's memorial service which was held in LA on Saturday 9th January 2016:

"Seeing Lemmy's empty boots up there. In the middle they'd placed some pictures and his hat, but just seeing his boots standing there. Empty. I know how much his boots meant to him. He was wearing them all the time. He didn't feel comfortable if he wasn't wearing his boots.

"And there they were, empty, and then it all hit me... That was really hard to look at. Then, of course, it was hard listening to the speeches. A lot of people broke down crying. Dave Grohl had a hard time [not crying]. It was almost a good thing Phil [Campbell] wasn't there — he probably wouldn't have been able to handle it."

On whether Lemmy continued using speed until his death:

"I don't know if I want to sit here and say what he was and wasn't doing. I can say this: he quit doing everything for quite a long while, because he was actually shocked when he became ill [in 2013]. I just know that he told me: 'The day you try drugs, you're fucking fired.' [Laughs] I've never tried drugs. I drink my beer, but he made sure that I would never try drugs. If I'd done that, the whole thing would've crashed."

On arguing with Lemmy:

"Many years ago, I replaced his regular Coke in the dressing room with Cola Zero and Diet Coke. I told the crew not to give him regular Coke. Lemmy thought it was a fucking drag when I interfered like that, but what was I supposed to do?

"During that period, he was careless with his diabetes in a way that was... I went through the same thing with my father, so I know how important that was. I said: 'It won't be long until they cut both your legs off and then you'll be sitting in a wheelchair.'"

On whether a Lemmy tribute show with Mikkey Dee, Phil Campbell and Fast Eddie Clarke could happen:

"Yes, something like that is definitely happening, but when and how I have no idea. All this has to settle first and now is not the right time to do something like that. Personally, I'd like to wait a little until there's a demand. The fans have been eating hamburgers for 40 years, so then maybe you don't want to have a hamburger the first year after Lemmy's death — instead you have to crave that hamburger again.

"That's how I look at our music: we have toured for so many years that some time has to pass until people say 'Fuck, I'd really like to hear some cool Motörhead songs live on stage again.' Personally, I don't think it was appropriate that Dio Disciples were out touring six months after Ronnie James Dio's death. It wasn't at all appropriate, for several reasons.

"I want there to be a demand for Motörhead first, then maybe something will happen with me and Phil and maybe Fast Eddie plus two or three other megastars that love Motörhead. If that's the case, I believe you can do something really great with it, but it's all about the right place at the right time."

On whether he'd like to rejoin King Diamond:

"I don't know about that. He's got Matt Thompson, who is great and has played in the band for a really long time, so that's up to King. I think it would be a lot of fun to play with King Diamond again. It would be great, but I'm not going to talk my way into the band. That's something they have to decide on.

"When I played in Motörhead, there was a lot of pressure on Lemmy to bring back both Phil Taylor and Fast Eddie again. Lemmy wouldn't even listen to all that talk."

The Lemmy issue of Sweden Rock Magazine will be available in Sweden on February 23rd.

Meanwhile, there has been progress on Phil Campbell's solo album. Slipknot's Chris Fehn has recorded drums for the album and footage of the pair jamming in the studio has emerged on Phil's Instagram page, with Fehn also taking to the social-networking site to share an image of them together which you cna see at the top of this page.

Alongside the photo, he wrote: "In the studio w Phil Campbell tonight. We're recording some straight greasy shit for everyone!!!"

Here's the footage and we're liking what we are hearing.

Phil and Chris Fehn Jammin'

A video posted by Phil Campbell's All Starr Band (@phil_campbells_all_starr_band) on

It is currently unknown whether Chris' guest turn on Phil's album will be for just one track or whether he will be a more permanent fixture on the disc.

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane are also slated to appear on the album.

Click here for our Lemmy Remembered series which includes everything Motörhead from December 2015 onwards.


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