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Lemmy Kilmister’s Threat to Motorhead’s Mikkey Dee: ‘The Day You Try Drugs, You’re F—ing Fired’

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The February issue of Sweden Rock Magazine is a giant tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Plenty of stories are told in the mag, including a fascinating one by Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who says Lemmy threatened to fire Dee if he ever tried drugs.

During Lemmy’s lifetime, he was never shy about his affinity for mind-altering substances. Though he was never an advocate for the lifestyle, Lemmy unapologetically used alcohol and drugs for decades despite his various health issues. However, when he was on the road with Mikkey Dee, that same rule didn’t apply to the drummer.

“I don’t know if I want to sit here and say what [drugs] he was and wasn’t doing,” Dee tells Sweden Rock. “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 f—ing 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.”

Mikkey also spoke of a Lemmy tribute show happening in the future possibly featuring himself and legendary Motorhead guitarists Phil Campbell and ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke. “Something like that is definitely happening, but when and how I have no idea,” Dee reveals. “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, ‘F—, I’d really like to hear some cool Motorhead songs live onstage again.’” [via Blabbermouth]

Rather than reviving Motorhead’s music too quickly, Dee will help another act revisit their past this year. He’s agreed to sit in on drums for Thin Lizzy during their string of dates later this year and into 2017.

Pick up the February issue of Sweden Rock Magazine for over 39 pages of stories and tributes from Lemmy’s bandmates, crew and closest friends.

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