Motorhead Survivors Preparing Lemmy Tribute Shows
Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has confirmed that he and drummer Mickey Dee are preparing to play some tribute shows to late frontman Lemmy Kilmister, with assistance from unidentified guests.
The band last played together on Dec. 15, 2015, completing a world tour that had seen Lemmy’s health issues worsen, resulting in a number of cancellations.
Lemmy died two weeks later, on Dec. 28, aged 70. Soon afterwards Dee suggested that a time might come when tribute shows would be played, but the surviving members would wait until they felt it was appropriate.
In a new interview on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon (via Blabbermouth, audio below), Campbell said: “It's on the cards, but it's just gonna be a few select shows. We're not gonna be touring with it. We're gonna get these people involved and [we have to allow for] their schedules as well. We'll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good — a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah.” He added: “But it wouldn’t be an ongoing thing. Everyone’s too busy. But [we want to] do something special. We're still trying to work on that now.”
Dee joined the Scorpions in 2016 while Campbell formed his band The Bastard Sons that year, and they’ll release debut album The Age of Absurdity on Jan. 26. He also had plans to write a book about his time in Motorhead, but said: “I stopped the book. I put an end to the book, because I had too much going on this year. The guys that were gonna do it with me, they said, 'When you're ready,' and I just panicked – I had too much going on this year. I need things to calm down a bit.”
He also owned up to having concerns about the potential contents. “But it's not gonna be an autobiography, if I do do it,” he said. “I’m not sure if I wanna do it anymore. I think some things should remain private. I can't really decide at the moment. But there's a lot of funny stuff which people would enjoy, so I’m torn at the moment. Part of me says, ‘No.’ I want privacy in my life as well. … I don't even have Facebook. I don't want people knowing exactly what I've done. But on the other hand, there's a lot of funny stuff.”
Last week classic-era Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clark died at the age of 67.