Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee talked about how it was like playing with late Lemmy Kilmister while appearing on a podcast.
The drummer mentioned how the vibe was during the live shows with Lemmy Kilmister, and he praised how consistent Motörhead was when it came to performance. Mikkey Dee emphasized the importance of generating the energy to play music, and he explained how passionate he was on the shows. He also earlier explained the respect he had for Motörhead before joining the band.
Mikkey Dee interview on RRBG Podcast how Lemmy Kilmister pushed his bandmates:
“Lemmy was pushing me and Phil all the time. He wanted three front people on stage. And that’s how I see myself. I’m not just a drummer sitting back there, tapping away – I’m a drummer that plays so hard. After 30 seconds, I’m soaked, and I want that energy to transfer to the audience and my bandmates.”
Apparently, Dee is a very passionate drummer who does not get tired and wants to transfer his energy to everyone in the area.
“When they come around looking at me, it looks like I just got out of the shower, and I’m just grinning at them and giving them the fist – fucking go fist. That is hard-rock for me. It’s very important to be able to generate that have that feeling around you. You have to glow on stage. And with Motorhead I believe we did that every single show.”
Mikkey Dee also praised Motörhead for its consistent success while performing:
“We had a couple of horrible shows, just a few, but it was because someone was sick or something. We had a few dodgy shows, but I think I played close to 5,000, and I can say we maybe had 2-3 shows where we sucked. And that’s a pretty god damn ratio. We enjoyed having a good seven or eight every single night, and that’s the hardest thing to do, to get to that kind of level of consistency.
That we had with Motorhead, there’s no doubt about that. That’s what I’m probably the proudest of when it comes to living shows.”
Then Mikkey Dee emphasized how good every show was with Motörhead, answering a frequently asked question:
“A lot of people ask me, ‘What’s the best show? Any special memories?’ I say, ‘Close to 5,000 shows.’ If it was East Michigan, or Maddison Square Garden, or LA, or Tokyo, Budokan, or London, or Leeds – they were grade 8, all of them. That’s very important.”