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Mikkey Dee on Motorhead Archive: ‘Almost Everything Has Been Released’

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The loss of the iconic Lemmy Kilmister also brought the end of Motorhead. With 22 studio albums, dozens of live albums, both official and unofficial, the group was one of the most prolific in rock. Fans who just can’t enough may have been hoping for an archival Motorhead collection to arrive at some point in the future, but drummer Mikkey Dee has squashed the idea.

“Motorhead did not record demo songs so almost everything has been released,” Dee told Metal Paths. Discussing the final Motorhead studio album, 2015’s Bad Magic, he expressed they took a new approach to the writing process, stating, “We experimented by composing the music while we were recording, for a spontaneous feel. We did it all right at the spot.” When asked about working with Lemmy over the years, he added, “Lemmy was easy to work with in the studio – he’d write his lyrics after the music was arranged. Unusually, this time around he was first in the studio and the last to leave.”

One more addition to the Motorhead catalog — the Clean Your Clock live CD/DVD — will be arriving later this week on June 10. The footage was taken from the band’s final two shows in Munich, Germany on Nov. 20 and 21 of last year, just over a month prior to Lemmy’s death.

Mikkey Dee is currently sitting in with Scorpions as James Kottak has sought medical attention for undisclosed reasons. He was originally slated to perform with Thin Lizzy, but was replaced by Judas Priest‘s Scott Travis when he jumped ship to the German rock vets. Dee was reluctant to reveal any future plans at this time.

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