Metal Allegiance Honor Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister With ‘Iron Fist’ Cover Featuring Mikkey Dee, Chuck Billy + Gary Holt
Ever since the passing of the beloved Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, seemingly every rock and metal artist has paid tribute to the legend with their own rendition of one of the band's countless classic tracks. When Metal Allegiance offered their tribute to a host of rockers we've lost over the years on Jan. 20 in Anaheim, Calif., naturally, they saluted dear Lem.
As guest musicians took rotating slots onstage throughout the night alongside the core of Metal Allegiance, the cover of Motorhead's "Iron Fist" saw the band's longtime skinsman Mikkey Dee hop behind the kit as Testament's Chuck Billy (vocals) and Exodus / Slayer axeman Gary Holt join Phil Demmel, Alex Skolnick and Mark Menghi.
The raging energy of "Iron Fist" was felt immediately as Dee whipped his hair around, laying into a song he had played countless times before with his Motorhead bandmates. Billy's gravel-toned grit was a prime fit, delivering a slightly less abrasive version than Lemmy had 35 years ago in the studio.
Lem passed away on Dec. 28, 2015 from a combination of prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.
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