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4th September 2017


Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee has said that there is more unreleased material yet to see the light of day and that the possibility of some "exclusive shows" to honour the late, great Lemmy is very much in his thoughts.

Speaking to Billboard on the day that 'Under Cöver', an album of Motörhead playing cover versions, was released, Mikkey said that he is very proud of the record and thinks fans will enjoy it, especially given the circumstances leading to the release.

Speaking from his home in Sweden, Mikkey said:

"We usually released an album pretty much every other year. Many, many moons ago, we were sitting around a table and talking about how it would be fun to make a covers record.

"Lemmy would choose four songs, Phil 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.

"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."

Motörhead did several covers during their forty year history, including 'Leavin' Here' from 'The Golden Years Live EP', 'Please Don't Touch' with Girlschool from 'The St Valentine's Day Massacre' and 'I'm Your Witchdoctor' by Eric Clapton and John Mayall and 'Louie Louie' and several more while the song 'Motörhead' was effectively a cover version, as was 'The Watcher', as they were written for, and performed by, Lemmy's pre-Motörhead band Hawkwind.

'Under Cover' only includes material from 1992s 'March Or Die' onwards. This was the first Motörhead album that Mikkey Dee played on and also the year that Todd Singerman became the band's manager.

You can also find versions of old rock'n'roll standards recorded by Lemmy under the Motörhead name on YouTube, as well as Metal standards given the Motörhead treatment, fro example, Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper'.

Mikkey was asked if there was more unreleased Motörhead material that might see the light of day:

"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."

Mikkey has also stated that he is open to a Motörhead tribute show:

"What I have said since Lemmy's passing is, 'Of course'. There is a possibility of doing that when the time is right to do it.

"If you love New York pizza and you haven't had any New York pizza in several years, you're going to crave that. One day there is maybe going to be a craving for something like this and when there is a craving for it, we have to do it in a proper way."

Doing it properly means putting "some really right people together and do some exclusive shows and honour Lem and honor Motörhead and play two-and-a-half hours of fucking classic Motörhead tracks, shit that we've never even played when we were around.

"But only with the right formation and right timing. To do it too soon, then it would be a disaster. But I am totally open to doing something and when there is the right opportunity to do this, I am all for it and I am going to do my damnedest to put something really, really great together."

In the meantime, Mikkey is having a great time as permanent drummer with the Scorpions.

"It's great! I fuckin' love it. It's great to be part of such a classic band. Lemmy had a lot of respect for them, especially because they've been around so long and done so much.

"The fans have really accepted me and I know that every time I hit, I feel like it's a tribute to Lemmy."

'Under Cöver' is out now and available here:


Motörhead 'Under Cöver' tracklist:
1. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest) 2008
2. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) 2000
3. Heroes (David Bowie) 2015
4. Starstruck (Rainbow) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent) 1992
6. Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 2001
7. Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Ramones) 2002
10. Shoot 'Em Down (Twisted Sister) 2001
11. Whiplash (Metallica) 2005


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